| Management Decisions - Reasonable Behavior or Questionable Actions?
by Jim Webber and Tim Muma - Jun, 2015
Jim Webber, aka Evil Skippy, returns to LJNRadio to tackle some controversial strategies some employers are using when it comes to their employees, past and present. Jim Webber, an individual with 25 years experience as an employment lawyer and human resources manager, gives Tim Muma his perspectives on some actions that could be understandable to some, but extremely questionable to others. Each situation should be looked at i...
| Employment Notebook - Employee Wellness Programs: Are They Worth It?
by Adam Levenson and Tim Muma - Jun, 2015
With many companies exploring or implementing wellness programs for their employees, it's important to examine the value of the different types of programs that exist. Adam Levenson, community manager for the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University, walks through the varying pros and cons of many wellness programs. He explains to Tim Muma the factors each employer must consider, what strate...
| Employment Notebook - Weight Discrimination
by James Parks and Tim Muma - May, 2015
There have been great strides in protecting individuals from certain types of discrimination in the workplace, but it appears one's weight continues to be an area that hasn't been thoroughly addressed. Attorney James Parks is a partner in the Southfield office of Jaffe, Raitt, Heuer & Weiss and a member of the firm’s litigation group. He joins Tim Muma to discuss the key points that are argued in weight discrimination cases, h...
| Management Decisions - Receiving Your Pension...Maybe
by Mark Stratis and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Some people may not even know what a pension is anymore, but for others, they're still potentially a part of the benefits offered by an employer. With some changes in philosophy, employers are searching for alternatives to get these long-term payments off the books. Mark Stratis, senior financial planner for Szarka Financial, discusses why pensions are disappearing. Mark also fills Tim Muma in on what options are taking the pl...
7 Moves to Protect Yourself During a Merger Or Takeover
by Lisa Rangel - Jun, 2015
Last year, Investor Place reports, the deal volume of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) was the highest since the financial crisis. The pace in 2015 is supposed to top that. This reflects the drive to enhance competitiveness. Those strategies could include adding new product lines, increasing market share, gaining access to proprietary technology and/or reducing costs. It’s not about just your job As the two companies b...
Self-Plagiarism and Other Ethical Grey Areas
by Alexandra Levit - Oct, 2012
I know a very young and successful business book author named Jonah Lehrer. Lehrer has written two bestselling books and is frequently in the news, but last month it was not for a positive reason. Slate – among other outlets – recently reported that Lehrer had been caught stealing…from himself. “Media watcher Jim Romenesko claimed that Jonah, a newly minted New Yorker staff writer, copied his blog post “Why Smart Pe...
Tips to Help Employees Prevent Illegal Harassment
by Gladis Benavides - Jul, 2012
Be professional at all times. -Consider your attitudes toward harassment with respect to men, women and persons with disabilities or with a different sexual preference, cultural background or religious beliefs. How would you feel if you or a loved one were harassed? What would you do? -Set a positive example. Treat everybody with respect, and let others know you expect the same from them. -Be aware of your words an...
What does it really mean to be an Affirmative Action Employer?
by Terri Swain - May, 2012
It never fails in our office. The frantic phone call because a Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audit letter shows up on a desk, two weeks after sitting on the President's desk, with the yellow sticky note "please handle." Before fear and panic set in, here are some pointers for keeping ahead of the scary audit letter. Explore if your organization IS covered by the Affirmative...
Revised Memorandum of Understanding Warns Employers About Coordinated Enforcement Efforts of the OFCCP and EEOC
by Carmen Couden, Esq. - Apr, 2012
Revised Memorandum of Understanding Warns Employers About Coordinated Enforcement Efforts of the OFCCP and EEOC Much has been written recently about the OFCCP's increased focus on enforcement and its efforts to expand the scope of the obligations with which contractors will be required to comply going forward. However, recent updates to the OFCCP's memorandum of understanding ("MOU") with the Equal Employment Opportuni...
Employment Service Delivery System (State Job Bank)
by Local JobNetwork™ - Dec, 2011
Find Your Employment Service Delivery System (State Job Banks) The publicly-funded state workforce system provides administration of unemployment insurance laws, employment services, training programs, employment statistics and labor market information, and other programs and services. You can find a complete listing of the State Job Banks throughout the country. Washington...
New Law Lets Illegal Immigrants Qualify for State Grants in California
by Marcia Robinson - Oct, 2011
The California Department of Finance estimates that 2,500 more students will qualify for Cal Grants as a result of a new bill signed into law last week by California Governor Jerry Brown. Cal Grants, as the name suggests, are grants funded by the State of California to help students fund higher education. The California Department of Finance estimates that the cost to California for these 2,500 more students receiving Cal Gran...
The Dangers of Social Media – How Employers Can avoid the Pitfalls of Social Networks
by Lisa Harpe - Aug, 2011
Millions of people are actively engaging in social media. A survey conducted by Jobvite suggested that nearly 83% of Recruiters and Human Resource professionals surveyed were planning to use social media for recruiting job seekers in 2011. Dr. Lisa Harpe -- an Industrial Psychologist and Principal Consultant at Peoplefluent -- and Ms. Christy Kiely -- an attorney at Hunton & Williams – discussed the legal implications of using...
Who’s an Internet Applicant? Recruiters Should Be Ready to Answer
by Lisa Harpe - Aug, 2011
On October 7, 2005, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) released its final rule regarding the definition of an Internet applicant. As mentioned in a November 2005 article by Dr. Michael Harris, the final rule presents four criteria for a job seeker to be considered an applicant, as follows: 1.The individual submits an expression of interest in employment through the Internet or related electronic data...
ALJ RULES ON OFCCP'S DESK AUDIT SCREEN OF ITEM 11
by David Cohen - Aug, 2011
A recent ruling by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) regarding Item 11 requests has some important implications for both contractors and the OFCCP. The case, OFCCP v. United Space Alliance LLC, DOL, OALJ, No. 2011-OFC-00002, 2/28/11, can be found here. Before discussing the case, it might be useful to briefly explain the process by which a federal agency obtains approval to request information from employers. When a federa...
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