Mortgage Protection Insurance

If you have a home mortgage, you’ve probably received offers for Mortgage Protection Insurance (MPI). This coverage will pay off the balance of the loan at your death, leaving your heirs with a home, free and clear. You can also buy a policy that will include mortgage payments for a year or two if you… Read more »

Holiday Party Reminders & Religious Accommodation

Eggnog, latkes, old friends, parties – and a lot of beveraging! HR That Works wishes you a safe and happy holiday season! As the host of your company party, you have a legal obligation to make sure that attendees get home safe. Here’s our list of tips to help you meet this responsibility: Make party… Read more »

Supervisor’s Comments Lead To Age Discrimination Suit

In a case that illustrates how a supervisor’s ill-advised comments can come back to haunt a company, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently revived a discrimination case by an older employee who had been laid off. In Sharp v. Aker Plant Services Group, Inc., the plaintiff accused his employer of age… Read more »

Three Ways Successful Leaders Fight Disengagement

When Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and other excellent books, spent some time among West Point cadets, he came away with additional insights into the characteristics of successful leaders. Based on this experience, he wrote an article in Inc. magazine that describes a three-part formula for successful leadership in the workplace. Here’s an… Read more »

Workplace Substance Abuse: $100,000,000 A Year – And Growing

That’s how much the federal government estimates that drug and alcohol abuse costs American businesses. Nearly three in four adult abusers are employed, some of them perhaps by you! You might know these people by their absenteeism rate: they’re off the job at 2.5 times the rate of the average employee. There is no federal… Read more »

Protect Your Business From Fire

The fire-protection systems in many of the nation’s assisted living facilities are dismal, says a recent report. Many lack such basic safeguards as smoke alarms and sprinklers. As a result, these facilities have suffered an average of one fatal fire per month during the past five years. In a huge industry with deep emotional implications,… Read more »

The Broad Possibilities of Reasonable Accommodation

In managing today’s disability laws attorneys advise you to not fight whether something is in fact a disability, but simply to worry about whether you can reasonably accommodate limitations to meet productivity standards. A variety of accommodations might be available, depending on the circumstances. Here’s a list of possibilities. To learn more we encourage you… Read more »

Employers Eye Wellness Program Disincentives

Although disincentives are playing a greater role alongside incentives in employee wellness plans, it makes sense to use this approach with caution. A recent nationwide study by Aon Hewitt found that, 83% of businesses surveyed offer incentives with their wellness plans, while 53% plan to add “sticks” to their programs within the next three to… Read more »

End-Of-Life Programs: Death Happens

Death will come to all of us – including your workers. At this emotional and stressful time, voluntary end-of-life products can help provide invaluable financial and medical comfort to those who your employees have left behind. In offering them these benefits, it’s essential to show sensitivity and concern for their needs. Benefits such as Hospice… Read more »

Fighting Fatigue In The Workplace

America is a tired country. About 20% of us average less than six hours of sleep a night, and the percentage of those who sleep eight hours or more keeps declining. The problem is worse for the ever-increasing number of employees who work nontraditional schedules. According to one nationwide study, 44% of shift workers are… Read more »