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Binge drinking and the resulting hangovers cost U.S. employers $77 million in lost productivity at work, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Public comments closed last month on a proposed DOL rule to redefine the conflict-of-interest standard retirement plan fiduciaries must meet. It’s part of an Obama administration effort to require defined-contribution retirement-plan advisors to act in account holders’ best interests, not just provide “suitable” advice, as the law currently requires.
Ever encounter a team member wearing three layers of clothing when everyone else is comfortable, resting her head on the desk any chance she gets and toting a box of Kleenex everywhere she goes? While your initial thoughts might be that you wouldn’t have shown up in that condition and that you’d rather she had taken the day off, examine whether these statements are actually true.
Good news if you need to protect your customer lists from competitors: You can require employees to sign confidentiality agreements to block taking customer lists to the next job even if it’s theoretically possible for the competitor or someone else to put together the same information from other, publicly available sources.
Some companies, including General Electric, have begun replacing traditional performance reviews with web- and mobile-based apps that let employees provide real-time, 360-degree feedback of one another.
Forty-five percent of employees who get sick with the flu believe they caught it from someone at work, according to the medical journal “Clinical Infectious Diseases.” It’s a timely reminder that influenza season will soon be upon us, and that it’s not too early to urge employees to get flu shots.
As long as you can show a business necessity for asking an employee to undergo a mental examination, there’s no ADA or Fair Employment and Housing Act liability. Erratic, insubordinate behavior that continues after a request to stop is a good business reason.
Even in an era when political discourse is perpetually polarized, almost 90% of Americans agree that the federal government should do more to bolster the capabilities of U.S. workers.
“BYOD can be great for startups or small businesses that don’t want to spend money on computers or equipment, but the risks include loss of information and privacy concerns,” says Suzanne Lemen, founder and CEO of Dynamic Corporate Solutions.
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