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Texas Gun Law Adds New Level of Vigilance for Employers

September 27, 2011
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More than a dozen states already have such laws and adding Texas to that group was a major coup for the gun rights lobby. Two previous bills had failed in the Legislature before SB 321—known as the Employee Parking Lot Bill—passed in May and was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry.
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'Psychic' Injury Victim in Robbery not Due Workers' Comp

September 22, 2011
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The April 2008 robbery at the Morrisville, Pennsylvania, business occurred while the claimant worked the night shift. Neither he nor a co-worker was physically injured, the court opinion states.
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Dear Workforce How Do We Cope When Human Resources Is the Problem?

September 7, 2011
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I provide organizational development services for a government agency. I've heard complaints from several employees about a human resource staffer, and the accusations sound like classic bullying behavior. Made aware of these complaints, our human resources director shrugs them off. We have policies against harassment based on gender and race, but none against "equal opportunity bullying." When neither policies nor decision-makers protect people, how do you advocate for change?
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Annie, Get Your Gun ... and Bring It to Work

August 19, 2011
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A new Texas law gives gun owners a new right to store a weapon in their vehicle while at work. Where does that leave employers?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Stop a Bully Director?

August 15, 2011
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How do you handle a director who is a bully, especially when the rest of administration does not see it (but her staff sure does)?
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Handle a Mutiny in Our Senior Ranks?

July 28, 2011
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Both our CEO and I received a copy of an anonymous letter, purportedly from disgruntled senior managers. In it, the letter writers make highly unflattering remarks, attack the executive team and even use character assassination on members of the board of directors. It is painfully obvious that the person (or people) behind this letter carries a lot of anger and hostility. The issues have to do mainly with not tapping into the skill sets of managers, bringing on expatriates in high positions without first offering the jobs to locals, micromanagement and feeling belittled by upper management. How do we go about addressing these issues without knowing where the fire started? How do we begin to restore trust and harmony among this level of managers? The atmosphere is similar to a mutiny.
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Sexual Harassment Bills Proposed for Hotels

June 8, 2011
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The proposed laws come in the wake of two alleged attacks by high-profile people in New York hotels, including the alleged sexual assault by Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the Sofitel in Manhattan.
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Ford Improves Worker Safety, Hollywood-Style

May 25, 2011
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Researchers are creating a multinational avatar based on Ford’s North American virtual workers Jack and Jill. The new avatar will reflect the sizes and shapes of workers at assembly plants across the globe.
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Spider-Man Fall Puts Focus on Safety

December 27, 2010
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The $65 million musical, the most expensive and ambitious ever done on Broadway, has faced many setbacks and delays in its attempt to open on the Great White Way. Most recently, the show’s producers announced they were delaying opening night by four weeks to Feb. 7 in order to make creative adjustments.
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Taking Control of Anger Management

October 20, 2010
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Experts believe the recession has put more employees on edge because of heavier workloads and worries about job security as colleagues are pushed out the door.
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