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Many people associate Billie Jean King with the overhyped “Battle of
the Sexes” tennis match she won in 1973 against Bobby Riggs, who’d
proclaimed himself the world’s biggest “male chauvinist pig.” What most people don’t realize is that, in an era when women athletes
were treated like ornaments or freaks, King almost single-handedly
forced the U.S. Tennis Association and tennis promoters to pay
them on a par with their male counterparts.
Nobody talks about it, and it’s against the rules of virtually every
employer, yet the practice thrives: It’s called making “homers”: items
or work produced on company time for personal use. Harvard Business School assistant professor Michel Anteby has explored
the practice by interviewing retired French metalworkers. He found that
leaders of all stripes—managers, supervisors, executives—know about
homer-making, and most ignore it. But why?
Executive misconduct costs organizations an average of $900,000 a year:
more than six times the cost of manager misbehavior. Harassment and
other gender-related misconduct lead the list. So, what do you do?
agencies and the United Nations are flooded with donations to help the
victims of natural disasters, but none has a quick way—an army, say—to
deliver the supplies to where they belong.
Solution: The folks who brought you overnight shipping.
Is sexual harassment beyond managers' control, or can you take steps to prevent it? Here are some points to consider:
Title VII requires employers to post a notice of employees' rights under the law. Failing to adhere to these posting requirements will result in more than a slap on the wrist. You could get slapped with a late discrimination lawsuit that is filed after the 300-day statute of limitations has passed, when you otherwise would have been safe.
Can I roll over certain severance and a 401(k) into an IRA?
My job was eliminated as of Dec. 31,
so I’ve decided to retire. I’m over 60 and have a 401(k).I’m also entitled to
receive lump-sum severance and a deferred bonus in January. Can I roll over those
payments to an IRA?
To calm the waters during layoffs, some organizations give severance to departing employees, even though they are not legally obligated to do so. But mistakes when creating severance offers can lead to Age Discrimination In Employment Act (ADEA) claims.
Traditionally, call centers have been too pricey for small businesses that need only a few employees (or temps) to handle sales and customer-service calls. But now, more call centers are hiring home-based phone agents, making the service more affordable for small and midsize businesses.