| 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...
| Employment Notebook - Fears of Running Out of Money
by Les Szarka and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Unless you're in the latter part of your career, retirement is often looked at only occasionally with an eye on things like your 401K. The reality remains, many people end up fearing they won't have enough money to last them to the end of their lives. Les Szarka, CEO and founder of Szarka Financial, talks with Tim Muma about the concerns and solutions related to retirement and finances. Les offers his experienced advice on wha...
| Employment Notebook - Ethics in Journalism
by Robert Drechsel and Tim Muma - May, 2015
Though it's often listed as one of the more important traits, ethical behavior in the workplace and in business is often questioned. Among all the fields, however, ethics may be most vital in journalism as people put their trust in what is said and written. Robert Drechsel, Director of Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin, gives Tim Muma the inside scoop on how stories are chosen, discussed and placed ac...
| Employment Notebook - The Lowdown on Discussing Religion at Work
by Jim Webber and Tim Muma - Mar, 2015
Few topics drum up passionate debate and uncomfortable feelings as much as religion, especially when it comes up at work. While many will avoid it completely, our guest says that's not necessary as long as the employer and employees understand some guidelines. Jim Webber, an individual with 25 years experience as an employment lawyer and human resources manager, talks with Tim Muma about the key components regarding the discus...
Dealing with Unexpected Job Loss (Part 3)
by Kalindi Garvin - Dec, 2014
First Things First The shock of losing your job can be overwhelming. However, the decisions you make during this time are crucial to making a successful transition to a new position. Unemployment Benefits One of the first things to do after being fired is to check into unemployment insurance benefits. If you are fired from a job, you are generally eligible for unemployment compensation unless your employer proves you...
Discrimination: How to Handle It
by Georgia Adamson - Nov, 2012
It’s Illegal—and It Happens Laws have been passed to make employment discrimination based on numerous factors—such as race, religion and age—illegal. Those laws have been around for a while now, and no company can claim ignorance as an excuse. But discrimination happens—sometimes because of poor training, but too often because companies have gotten sophisticated about how they do it. One of the most common concerns rela...
Can your email get you fired?
by Miriam Salpeter - Nov, 2012
News of events related to the scandal involving General David Patraeus and his affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell reminds us that even the powerful and successful succumb to poor professional judgment. What’s one important lesson for “regular people” to learn? It appears as if inappropriate emails created a paper trail that led to this story breaking in the news. Some agencies reported that Patraeus and Broadwell might...
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...
The one thing you need to start your new job
by Mary Sherwood Sevinsky - Mar, 2012
One of my hardest working job search clients got a job offer for not only a good job, but THE JOB he told me he wanted at our first or second meeting. Both of us were on top of the world – back to work! We talked on the phone several times to ensure he was completing everything required of the employer for the hiring process: Drug Screen Completed Drug Screen Passed Formal Application Submitted Background Check...
Can My Employer Force Me to Get a Flu Shot?
by Randy Enochs - Dec, 2011
A popular question and issue that arises every year around this time is whether an employer can force it's employee to receive flu shots/vaccinations. The answer is that employers may generally require employees to receive a flu shot but there are potential law violations associated with such a practice (and with requiring employees to do anything in general). Specifically, there may be issues with some employees' religion o...
OFCCP Produces Final Version of Revised Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing
by Bill Osterndorf - Oct, 2011
OFCCP Produces Final Version of Revised Scheduling Letter and Itemized Listing When a federal contractor is formally selected for an affirmative action compliance review by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), OFCCP notifies the contractor through a Scheduling Letter that is sent to the facility that will be evaluated. The Scheduling Letter includes an Itemized Listing that...
Making a Case for Air Traffic Controllers Sleeping on the Job
by Marcia Robinson - Apr, 2011
There have been five reported incidents of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job in the last few weeks. Following the Reagan International Airport incident, air traffic controllers have been caught sleeping on the job at Reno-Tahoe airport, McGhee Tyson airport, Seattle International airport, Lubbock Preston Smith International airport and at a Miami regional radar facility providing area control services for Florida as...
The Marriage of HR and Social Media
by Carolyn Cohn - Apr, 2011
Human Resources (HR) people work with human beings. Because of that perspective, HR people have not been among the first to jump on the social media bandwagon. However, it enhances their ability to recruit people. It is a natural. Although HR has many different responsibilities, one of them, of course, is to protect the company for whom they work from legal issues. Another very large responsibility is to cultivate and protec...
Denied Unemployment Compensation Because of
by Randy Enochs - Mar, 2011
When a person, known as a "claimant," files for unemployment insurance in Wisconsin, the first question is whether the person quit or was terminated. If the claimant was terminated, then the issue is whether the claimant was terminated for "misconduct" connected with their employment. "Misconduct" is a legal term used to encompass conduct ranging from absenteeism to theft and not necessarily used in the literal sense. The c...
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