Personnel Journal

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Articles from Vol. 73, No. 7, August

Birkenstock Braces to Fight the Competition
If you think geography, Arizona is a state. If you think feet, Arizona makes your toes curl. "It's what everyone thinks of when they think of Birkenstock," says Mary Pischke, human resources manager at Novato, California-based Birkenstock Footprint Sandals,...
Company Smooths Some of Life's Little Bumps
Caught between work life and home life, employees feel the crunch of increased demands and decreased free time. Many companies are realizing that the more they do to make their employees' lives easier, the more they benefit from a relaxed, healthier...
DOL Reexamines Child Labor Law and Raises Penalties
Effective June 16, 1994, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) will assess higher penalties for child labor violations leading to serious injury or death of a minor.The maximum fine will increase from a flat $10,000 per minor child to $10,000 for each violation...
EEOC Gives Guidance on Legal and Illegal Inquiries under the ADA
On May 19, 1994, The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) approved an enforcement guidance on preemployment disability-related inquiries and medical examinations under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). The ADA prohibits questions...
HR in Mexico: What You Should Know
Rumors abound: The labor is cheap--compensation's a snap. Nepotism is rampant--recruiting's a nightmare. Workers are unmotivated--training takes forever. And the stories continue, twisting on themselves, contradicting until it seems that HR issues in...
HR Leaders Brainstorm the Profession's Future
Yesterday, the company with access to the most capital or the latest technology had the best competitive advantage. Today, companies that offer products with the highest quality are the ones with leg up on the competition. But, the only thing that will...
Kinney Narrows the Gender Gap
If you were engaged in a conversation at work with a woman and she nods, would you assume that she agrees with what you're saying? If you're a man, you probably would. If you're a woman, you probably wouldn't--you would know that her nod means she understands...
New Skills Needed for Success in the 21st Century
In 10 years, one-fourth of current workplace know-how and accepted business practices will be obsolete. The 21st century will ring in new ways of working, and in turn, new skills necessary to succeed.For the past two years, Innovative Pathways, an Orlando,...
OFCCP Begins Consideration of Major Regulation Changes
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently has held a series of off-the-record meetings to explore possible changes to its regulations implementing Executive Order 11246.Executive Order 11246 requires federal contractors and...
Sickroom for Kids Is Cost-Effective-And Comforting
Employees with sick kids generally have two choices: attend work and worry all day about their child or skip work and worry all day about their job. Schering-Plough's Memphis, Tennessee-based healthcare products unit didn't like either approach. So in...
Team Input Shapes a College's Sexual Harassment Policy
A school, like any other organization, is concerned with providing an appropriate environment for work and learning. This means, for one thing, protection from sexual harassment. Many educational institutions are finding the need to develop or fine-tune...
Temps Drive Workplace Competition
There's a revolution underway in corporate America on the employee-relations front, one with the same widespread potential for change that the Industrial Revolution represented in the 19th century and that the labor movement posed in the early part of...
The Role of Industrial Relations Is Evolving
As vice president, industrial relations for CP Rail System, George Smith is responsible for multiple bargaining units in Canada and the USA and all matters pertaining to the company's collective agreement negotiation and administration.Prior to joining...
The Unexpected Lessons of the Conference
It's time for my annual summer vacation. Oh, I'm not taking any time off, but I am enjoying the respite that follows the spring conference season. For some reason, there seem to be an inordinate number of conferences for HR executives each year between...
Xerox Partners with the Union to Regain Market Share
With the days of the paternalistic corporation long gone, and downsizings now a common occurence, guaranteed employment is hard to come by. But, for approximately 4,000 unionized employees at Stamford, Connecticut-based Xerox Corp., job stability is...
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