Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Thursday
Aug282014

Get Your Business Ready for Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Each year small businesses nationwide are forced to close their doors in the aftermath of severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, wildfires and hurricanes. Business interruptions, even if they last just a few hours, are costly in terms of lost productivity and profits. You can get help with your own business preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The September series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign as part of National Preparedness Month.

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Thursday
Aug282014

More Employers Moving to High-Deductible Health Plans

Companies looking to offset rising insurance costs in 2015 and beyond, survey finds

Many Americans with job-based health insurance will face costlier deductibles next year as more large employers embrace or expand so-called consumer-directed health plans, a new survey finds.

The shift to high-deductible, consumer-directed health plans is occurring as Fortune 500 companies and large public-sector employers grapple with rising health-care and insurance costs.

“Employers are looking to put their employees in the driver’s seat” to help manage costs together, Brian Marcotte, president and CEO of the National Business Group on Health, said during a media briefing this week detailing the survey’s results.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

NLRB continues attack on employer handbook policies

From IMA member law firm Pautsch Spognardi & Baiocchi …

For several years, the Obama Labor Board has made it a priority to scrutinize employment policies contained in employee handbooks and manuals for violations of the National Labor Relations Act, specifically policies that “chill” an employee’s exercise of Section 7 rights to engage in protected, concerted activity. This has become an ongoing concern of both union-free employers and unionized employers who have lawfully implemented parts of an employee handbook through collective bargaining. Often these attacks come sua sponte (“on its’ own volition”) by the Board, ancillary to an alleged violation of the Act, such as an alleged unlawful discharge or adverse action. Where such unlawful policies are found, the Board requires the employer to rescind the policy and post a notice to employees. Moreover, where the discipline or discharge was based upon the policy, the discipline and discharge may be found unlawful, and the employer will be required to rescind the discipline and make the employee whole, with reinstatement and backpay where appropriate. Common policies under attack by the Board include:

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Marijuana melee: Reconciling public opinion, conflicting laws and employers’ expectations

From IMA member Associated Financial Group …

A recent exchange overheard on an elevator amongst tourists in Denver, Colorado went something like this:

“Are you here this weekend for the convention?”

“No, I’m here for the pot.”

“Oh … good luck blaming your blood shot eyes on allergies when you go back to work!”

According to a 2013 Gallup poll, Americans’ view on the legalization of marijuana has shifted significantly over the years. In the October 2013 poll, 58 percent of those polled said they support the legalization of marijuana. When Gallup initially asked the same question in 1969, the approval rate stood at 12 percent.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

2015 Step Ahead Nominations

The Manufacturing Institute is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the 2015 STEP Awards!

The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in manufacturing. The STEP Awards recognize women at all levels of manufacturing, from the factory floor to the C-suite. These awards illustrate the widespread impact women have on shaping the industry, whether they are running the company, designing the next big product, or testing innovations on the shop floor. This past February, the 2014 STEP Awards were hosted in Washington, DC to honor 160 women from over 110 companies for their achievements.

The STEP Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, founded in 2012 to examine and promote the role of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production.

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