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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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<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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