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Court: Workers' Comp Is Exclusive Fix for Construction Injury

November 11, 2011
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Charles DeFrates sought to sue Robert Clark, sole owner of R.G. Clark Construction Inc. in Calpella, California, for personal injury after he slipped and fell while working on the roof of Clark's new duplex, court records show.
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Hospital Employee Sues Employer After Being 'Traumatized' in Hostage Drill

November 11, 2011
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In the complaint, Ourida Diktakis alleges that the hospital's administrators intentionally did not inform her or the ICU staff of the drill. She claims the hospital's actions not only 'emotionally traumatized' her and her staff, but put patients in the ICU at risk by unnecessarily detaining their caregivers.
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The Impact of Motors & Mobiles

November 4, 2011
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Experts recommend that employers establish and enforce policies about talking or texting while driving on the job. As many companies have discovered, distracted drivers are a liability to themselves and other motorists—as well as the employers for whom they work.
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EEOC Sues Albuquerque Dealership for Sexual Harassment

October 7, 2011
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The suit alleges that managers retaliated against men who reported incidents to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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Drug Arrests at Boeing Plant May Reveal Bigger Workplace Worry

October 3, 2011
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Employers nationwide have learned that some workers' compensation claimants are becoming addicted to opioid painkillers prescribed for their work-related injuries; they are also discovering that employees using those prescription drugs may also drive workplace injuries.
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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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Dear Workforce How Do I Handle an Employee's Drinking Problem?

September 7, 2011
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How do I approach a new employee that I suspect may be drinking prior to arriving at work?
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Dear Workforce How Do I Handle an Employees Drinking Problem

September 7, 2011
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How do I approach a new employee that I suspect may be drinking prior to arriving at work?
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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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