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Wrok Comp costs are a significant cost of doing business. As companies attempt to compete in this tightened global marketplace every penny matters. “Operating lean” has become a requirement, and workers’ compensation costs should rank right up there with the top cost containment measures. Even though injury rates are down, the cost of medicating workers… Read more »

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The August, 2009 issue of Staffing Industry Review contains an interesting article about workers willing to change their schedules or take pay cuts in lieu of losing their jobs. In a Work+Life Fit Reality Check survey, the majority of workers said they were willing to change their schedule or take pay cuts to hold on… Read more »

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In the wake of the anxiety over the recent flu outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that anyone with flu symptoms stay home from work and school. Debate has arisen over employees that aren’t in a position to stay home from work because they don’t have sick leave benefits. Some employees even… Read more »

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Cell phone texting while driving a company vehicle……does your company have a policy regarding this safety issue? If not, you definitely might want to consider employing one, as drivers who text on their cell phones have an accident risk 23 times greater than drivers who don’t use cell phones on the road. This study comes… Read more »

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You Can Downsize With Care – for People and the Business From Alan Downs in Business: The Ultimate Resource, About.com Guest Executive Summary Downsizing or doing layoffs is a toxic solution. Used sparingly and with planning downsizing can be an organizational lifesaver, but when layoffs are used repeatedly without a thoughtful strategy, downsizing can destroy… Read more »

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Unemployment claims are expensive. Very expensive, and a fact of doing business. To make things worse, the benefit term on unemployment claims is subject to change. It was was stretched out in recent years. This only increased costs. As a result, it’s vital for managers to keep in mind that that the results of unemployment… Read more »

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Your workforce is made up of teams; an essential component for any business to thrive and achieve success. A team is a group of individuals that come together to achieve common goals, to collaborate, and work together. To have such unity and cohesion among your teams, you must first build them—“If you build it, they… Read more »

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If you live in an area where adverse weather has the potential to impact employee attendance, it pays to give the subject some serious consideration. Does my company “need” an adverse weather policy? No. There is no statutory requirement for such policies. It’s up to each individual employer to come up with their own adverse… Read more »

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If you’re the person who oversees employee time reporting an pay, read on!  Do you realize if you sign off on alterations to the hours reported by an employee you can be held personally liable?  The company you work for can also be held liable, but your personal assets can be up for grabs, too!… Read more »

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So what’s all the talk about FMLA? (Family and Medical Leave Act) The FMLA entitles eligible employees, employed by a “covered employer”, to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Should… Read more »