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Confronting Barriers: An Interview With Lex Frieden

December 6, 2011
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce Management contributor Susan Hauser speaks with Lex Frieden about the origins of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Frieden is a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The act was born partly out of his service as director of the National Council on the Handicapped (now the National Council on Disability) as well as his own experience of being denied admission to one university because he used a wheelchair.
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Secret Santa? Scary!

December 6, 2011
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Someone brought up a previous job they'd worked at and how the company would hold a Secret Santa event. I immediately felt this chill, like a nor'easter howling off Lake Michigan through an open window. Secret Santa? Oh man. Call in our EAP. I've harbored a Secret Santa humbug for years.
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Blinded by Human Nature and Compliance

November 28, 2011
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We need to rethink compliance processes so they do not reinforce inaction and token responses.
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Black and Blue Over Black Friday

November 23, 2011
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It seems to me retail executives are going too far, letting business objectives blot out the bigger picture about the holidays and ignoring a cultural shift away from crass commercialism.
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Suit Claims Worker was Fired for Refusing to Wear '666' Sticker

November 22, 2011
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In March 2010, as a company's accidnt-free tally approached the number 666—identified in the 'Revelations' book of the Bible as 'the number of the beast' and a representation of Satan—the employee informed his supervisors that his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to wear that number.
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Effective Talent Assessment Starts (and Ends) With Leadership

November 21, 2011
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A bad hiring decision can cost a company more than 1.5 times the mis-hire's salary, depending on the level of the role. With the right assessment, businesses can avoid this cost.
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Put Me in, Coach—or, Rather, Put Coaches in

November 17, 2011
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Wayward at Safeway

November 9, 2011
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The supermarket chain's recent 15 minutes of infamy over stolen sandwiches is a reminder that policies and training have to stress common sense as much as compliance.
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Pension Funding Levels Improve, but Still Well Below 2011 Peak: Mercer

November 3, 2011
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The consultancy attributed the funding improvement to an 11 percent gain in equity values in October, partially offset by a decrease in corporate bond yields.
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Aon's Premier Partnership Kicks Up Camaraderie

November 3, 2011
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Employees from acquired companies find ways to unite with one another through their affiliation with the English soccer club. The partnership added a new dimension in October with ‘Pass It On,' an employment and client engagement initiative.
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