How Companies Should Respond to Whistleblower Complaints
“Even for companies that have not yet encountered a whistleblower, steps can be taken to minimize the potential exposure to such complaints. For instance, companies that operate in highly-regulated industries, such as finance or health care, should ensure that their compliance manuals are up-to-date and employees are aware of and in compliance with all relevant regulations.”
– via Paul B. Murphy, Amelia R. Medina and James L. Michaels, Risk Management
Corporate Empathy Is Not an Oxymoron
“Enlightened companies are increasingly aware that delivering empathy for their customers, employees, and the public is a powerful tool for improving profits, but attempts to implement empathy programs are frequently hamstrung by the common misconception of it as “wishy-washy,” “touchy-feely,” and overtly feminine. So empathy is de-prioritized, and relegated to the status of just yet another HR initiative that looks good in the company newsletter. It is seen as a soft and frilly add-on rather than a core tool.”
-via Belinda Parmar, Harvard Business Review blog
Rookie Talent: Avoiding a Kodak Moment
The Kodak name became synonymous with a resistance to change, but it’s not just innovation the company lacked. In 2011, Kodak made the list of Top 10 Fortune 500 Employers With Older Workers, called out for employing a disproportionately high percentage of mature workers.
I can’t help but wonder: If Kodak had paid attention to its aging workforce trend, would the company have maintained market share and avoided bankruptcy?
– via Sarah Sladek, Leadership Now blog
California: On-call workers entitled to pay for all hours spent at job, court rules – “Employees who while on call are required to stay at a worksite should be compensated for all their hours, including sleep time, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday.”
Might Your Workers Be Eligible For Medicaid? Start-Up Helps Employers Find Out
“The Gold ‘N Silver Inn in Reno, Nev., has long offered health coverage to its employees — but many of the cooks, dishwashers and waiters who make close to minimum wage can’t afford the $100 monthly premium.
Last January, when Nevada became one of more than two dozen states to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, 10 of the diner’s 55 employees qualified for the government insurance program for low-income Americans. None of them realized it, however, until the family-run restaurant hired BeneStream, a New York-based start-up funded partly by the Ford Foundation. BeneStream uses software to quickly determine which employees are eligible for Medicaid, then helps those workers sign up for the state-federal health program that covers 70 million people.”
EEOC issues you’ll want to keep an eye on in 2015
2014 was a pretty tough year for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But that doesn’t mean employers can relax. Employment law firm Littler Mendelson recently released its Annual Report on EEOC Developments – Fiscal Year 2014, and while the results indicate the EEOC suffered some setbacks, it’s apparent that employers need to keep an eye on several key issues in 2015.
15 for ’15: Employment and labor resolutions for the new year
News Briefs
What is the Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2015?
Do the ADA and FMLA Provide Protections to LGBT’s in the Workplace?
On the importance of being accommodating
Progressive Discipline – How Organizations Address Performance Issues
FMLA FAQ: How Do I Calculate FMLA Leave Where My Employee’s Work Schedule Varies From Week to Week?
Your 5-Day Plan to Learning Twitter
Top 4 states with highest opioid use
Yoga: A Treatment For Grief?
FAQ: What Are The Penalties For Not Getting Insurance?
The Secret to Keeping Your New Year’s Health Resolution
The 2 Most Powerful Words A Manager Can Use
Blessed are the caregivers
6 Rules for Effective Peer-to-Peer Communication
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