Category Archives: wellness

How to Weigh Obesity In Employment Decisions

In September, one of my Memphis partners, Jeff Wientraub, wrote a good analysis of legal issues posed by obese workers in HR Professionals Magazine.  While most employers state that an employees weight does not influence their employment decisions, I am … Continue reading

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Focus on Wellness: For Our Workers, It’s a Critical Life or Death Issue

When I started this Blog, I wanted to post analysis and suggestions which were different or more practical than some of the Employment Law, Safety and Labor Articles out there.  I did not want to simply repeat what others were already effectively … Continue reading

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Kudos to the Top Workplaces In America Winners!

Check out the Top Workplaces In America List.  There are admittedly numerous national and local lists of “Best Places to Work,” but for various reasons I find the Workforce Dynamics process to produce more accurate results than many other efforts.  … Continue reading

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Worst Case Scenario – National Claims and a Painful Ergonomic Settlement

This is a sobering Blog.  There are legitimate workplace safety concerns involving ergonomic issues in many industries, but how would you like to be on the receiving end of the attacks described below?  Let’ discuss the most recent development in … Continue reading

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Wash Your $!&# Hands! Employers and the Flu

The CDC reports that the current flu season will be the worst one in recent years. On January 9, news outlets carried stories about the City of Boston declaring a state of public health emergency and of Chicago hospitals having … Continue reading

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Employer Benefit Plan Actions For the End of the Year

ARE YOU READY FOR 2013? 2013 marks not just the start of a new calendar year, but also compliance obligation deadlines for some employee benefit plans. The F and P Benefits Group has outlined a number of key provisions impacting … Continue reading

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ADAAA Shifts Focus From “Are They Disabled” To Did You Properly Interact With and Accomodate Them

ADAAA’s Twist On Administration Of Employment Practices Date: August 9, 2012 By Mauro Ramirez and A. Kevin TroutmanMost experienced human resources (HR) professionals know and follow an old adage when applying policies and making employment decisions: Follow established company policies … Continue reading

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Better Get Serious About Wellness – Obesity Contributes to Workers Comp Claims and Absenteeism

If I figure out effective ways to get tired warehouse and construction craft employees to exercise before or after work, I deserve a Nobel Prize.  It’s tough to focus on good eating and diet when you work 8 or 10 … Continue reading

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