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Texas Bill Would End Parking-Lot Gun Bans

February 12, 2009
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The measure would also eliminate employers’ liability for damages in cases involving guns stored in their parking lots, except in instances of gross negligence.
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A Murder-Suicide Points Up the Devastation of Job Loss

January 30, 2009
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No one may ever know all the factors that led a fired X-ray technician to kill himself and his family, but the tragedy shows how fragile employees can be during a serious economic downturn, experts say.
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With Layoffs on the Rise, Retaliation Risks Grow

January 30, 2009
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Some experts expect violent incidents to rise during the next several months because the number of layoffs at companies nationwide is expected to increase. While there is no ironclad guarantee someone will not become violent after being laid off or fired, there are steps companies can take to significantly mitigate the risk.
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Mumbai Attacks, Piracy Heighten Need to Manage Deadly Risks

December 18, 2008
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A recent survey of 600 large multinational companies found that less than half track terrorism as part of their risk monitoring process.
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Execs’ Shooting a Stark Reminder of Security Needs

December 3, 2008
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The shootings at SiPort, a small semiconductor company in California, took the lives of Marilyn Lewis, head of HR; Brian Pugh, VP for operations; and Sid Agrawal, the company’s co-founder and chief executive.
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TOOL Deaths in the Workplace

December 2, 2008
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2007 was the safest year since 1992 for employees in terms of work-related fatalities, a report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows. Employers may be able to use the facts and figures, which are broken down by categories such as state, gender and industry sector to reiterate safety points to their workforces.
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Its Not All About Becoming a Manager

November 21, 2008
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Commentary: Too often, promotion in organizations is inextricably tied to becoming a manager. And not everyone is cut out for that. By identifying top performers and publicly letting them know that they are extremely valuable to us, we can reward the performance we seek and give individuals the opportunity to continue to grow with our companies as individual contributors or as managers, depending upon their desires and talents.
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Tension Levels Rise as Recruiters Deliver the Bad News

November 12, 2008
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With unemployment rising, recruiters are increasingly caught between rejected job candidates who demand explanations and policies that require stonewalling.
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TOOL Preventing Gun Violence in the Workplace

November 11, 2008
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The report may be helpful to companies seeking to prevent incidents at the office or in shaping no-weapons policies.
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Dealing With New Guns-at-Work Laws

November 5, 2008
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In a growing number of states, an employer cannot bar its employees from bringing guns to work and leaving them in their cars. Compliance puts a company at risk of violating its obligation to protect its employees, while noncompliance subjects the company to civil or criminal penalties, or both. Here is a look at the laws and steps employers can take to ensure safe workplaces.
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