Monday, December 29, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
- Healthcare reform- Nothing new in that. Several attempts at nationalized legislation. Not sure what will happen but something is coming.
- Employee Free Choice Act- I have talked about this one. It is starting to get national play. Still high on the union "wish list", but the UAW's unwillingness to help the auto companies may have soured some support for it. But still big.
- RESPECT- This is the supervisory law that changes the definition of supervisor and takes away assigning and directing from their definition as a supervisor. Now to be a supervisor they must, for the MAJORITY OF THEIR JOB, "hire, transfer, suspend, layoff, recall, promote, discharge or reward." If they don't then they will be considered part of the bargaining unit. Nothing like having your first line supervisors being union members too.
- Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act- Sounds like it will impose safety regulations beyond OSHA.
- Health Families Act- All employers will be REQUIRED to provide 7 PAID days of sick leave to all full time and part time employees if you have more than 15 of them.
- Family Leave Insurance Act- Employers of 2 or more employees must provide insurance and up to 12 weeks of paid leave.
- Working Families Flexibility Act- Gives every employee, on an annual basis, the opportunity to negotiate work hours, schedule, or location of work. The employer must respond within 14 days. If the employee doesn't like that the company then has to renegotiate. (I am not sure to what end.)
- Employment Non-discrimination Act- Provides protected class status to gay, lesbian and bisexual workers. One version includes transgender workers, who self identify.
- Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act- Changes the statute of limitations on filing pay discrimination.
- Paycheck Fairness Act- Requires that pay between men and women has to be proven to have been decided on some other factor other than sex (education, training and experience) and (here is the problematic part of the burden of proof) the difference must be based upon "business necessity."
- Equal Remedies Act- takes the caps off of monetary damages imposed by the CRA of 1991 and puts all discrimination penalities on par with race.
- OSHA- the number of inspections will be stepped up.
- Minimum wage will go to at least $9/hr.
- Comprehensive immigration reform will put the burden solidly on the employer, will modify the I-9 and, hopefully, will improve employment verification.
Well there you go. If something strikes your fancy (of fear into your heart) check it out. Help legislators make informed decisions.
BTW, now would be a very good time to do an attitude survey with your employees. Find out if you may have some trouble brewing. One organization I know that does a very good job of this is Intellectual Capital Consulting. Check them out if you would like more info.
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
- Link to the original tagger(s), and list these rules on my blog.
- Share 7 facts about myself in the post - some random, some weird.
- Tag 7 people at the end of my post by leaving their names and the links to their blogs.
- Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs and/or Twitter.
7 Facts About Me
- I once studied monkeys and chimpanzees. Worked on a project that was teaching a chimp a specialized language.
- I abandoned that line of study 3 years into a Ph.D. Never looked back.
- I have raced in several triathlons, despite my size. I race as a Clydesdale.
- I am 57 and I have been married 37 years this December 18th. We were high school sweethearts.
- I regret that I never served in the military, even though I came from a military family.
- I have a wicked, sometimes ribald, sense of humor. (Scratch the sometimes, substitute often.)
- I don't understand people who have a victim mentality.
Cathy Martin of Find Your Metrics That Matter
Michael Moore of Pennsylvania Labor and Employment
Dan MacCarthy of Great Leadership
Phil Gerbyshak of Slacker Manager
Valeria Maltoni of Conversation Agent
Ann Bares of Compensation Force
Kris Dunn of The HR Capitalist
So there you go. I am off the couch and posting again. Stay tuned.
Monday, December 01, 2008
- Older women bosses who are hopelessly fixated on sexism in the office
- Women bosses who are tyrants and who see their female charges as competition (called the Queen Bee Syndrome)
- They feel judged by "set in their ways" bosses who insist "This is how I had to work to get here"
- Unprofessionalism from bosses who blur the personal and professional lines by "making friends" and being too personal. Women bosses give less feedback and constructive criticism than to male bosses.
Bryan does hold out hope that this will get better as time goes by and more women make it into the upper company ranks. She states that currently records show that only 15% of executive postions are held by women.
I have often seen that women managers can be tougher in general than many male managers and I have seen them less tolerant of womens issues, sort of the "I have done it and made it" line of thought. But I think some of the things Bryan talks about are also generational issues as much as they are female boss issues. And like the one commenter to the article said, I don't think the glass ceiling or sexism has gone away entirely in the workplace, but it has reduced and many younger women have not had to deal with the issue yet. Hopefully many won't have to.
Human Resources is certainly a good test case for younger women dealing with older women bosses since the vast majority of the profession is female. So how about some comments from some of you and tell us about your experiences, either as a younger woman working for an older female boss, or as the boss dealing with younger women subordinates?
BTW, I want to thank a reader and student who pointed me to this article. I don't normally read Marie Claire , unless I have to sit while waiting for a haircut or doctor's appointment. Unfortunately I missed this one. And yes I do read womens magazines, as should all men occassionally, it is a good way to stay up on what might be important to the women in our lives.