Mandatory wellnessWorkplace Prof Blog tells us that the numbers of employers that require employees to participate in health and wellness programs are increasing, and that some attorneys are predicting a related a barrage of discrimination and privacy lawsuits. Employer programs range from the carrot of incentives to the stick of penalties, such as fines for failure to participate in health screenings and termination for those who test positive for nicotine.
Speaking of wellness … U.S. Surgeon General Rear Adm. Steven K. Galson thinks that Santa should abstain from cookies this year because he sets a poor example for the nation’s kids. Santa’s average weight is 256 pounds. While he gave up the pipe a few years ago, health experts are saying it’s time for the jelly belly to go too. If you would like to help Santa in this quest, be sure to leave him carrot sticks or fruit as a snack this year – the cookies have got to go!
Employment law – Lou Michels discusses two recent cases which he thinks are significant for employers seeking to prevent age discrimination claims. Both cases had to do with signed releases associated with severance packages which were later found non-compliant by courts in California and Minnesota. Michels suggests “… if you’re going to hand out release documents that tell people they have 45 days to consider their options and that they should consult with an attorney, as required by the OWBPA, it’s generally a bad idea to encourage or even suggest that people should immediately sign the waivers.”
Shoutout to Wally Bock – If you want to stay up on some good business reads and news headlines, you can’t do better than a visit to Wally Bock’s Three Star Leadership Blog. Wally filters some of the best stories, particularly on weekends when most business blogs are quiet. Thanks, Wally!
When your job stinks – Evil HR Lady gives advice on a smelly problem. Personal hygiene issues are difficult to deal with. Maybe the company’s EAP could get to the root of the matter.
Nomination for bad employer of the year – Call us prudes, but we just don’t think it’s wise to ask your female employees to come to work in their underwear. And just in case you think skivvy-related employment issues don’t surface in the good old U.S. of A., think again.
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