More and more articles are appearing in newspapers across America focusing on the deterioration of workplace safety. With good reason.
Why do governments continue to push the lie that they care about those they are supposed to represent? Just look at the latest maneuver from the American Department of Labor.
Let's ponder for a moment about what exactly constitutes a workplace, shall we? Before you start to wax poetically for too long, it seems that perhaps the Welsh authorities have come up with a rather far reaching answer.
America's love affair with absurd lawsuits is a secret to no one, but even this one is pretty 'out there' - although whether it has any affect on the workplace remains to be seen.
Almost a quarter of senior executives admit that their organisation had been approached to pay a bribe in order to retain or win business in the last two years.
There are few things funnier, professionally speaking, then when companies whine that a new law is unfair because it's going to force them to be – fair!
A prime reason for employee unhappiness is that companies do not adhere to a set of standards. Some are too forgiving of employee misconduct, while others are managed by people who themselves overstep boundaries and could care less about rules.
If you don't want to be forced to spend months at your desk once you've handed in your notice, move to Mexico. But if it is security you're after, head to Slovakia.
It's always troubling when America fails to act like the beacon of reason, freedom, and democracy that she is supposed to represent. Which in this case is exactly what's happening.
The notion of freedom of speech must keep HR personnel awake at night - not for any overriding desires to promote a fascist workplace, but keeping people clear of the fine line that separates free thinking and workplace disruption.
If you pay close enough attention to the news, especially during election cycles, you'll undoubtedly hear the arguments both for and against English being made the 'official language' of the United States.
The Christmas holiday season is almost upon us, which means it is about time for the annual office party - with all the potential pitfalls that brings.
Sexual harassment is yet another example of workplace embarrassments that inexplicably still exists in 2007. It's hard to say whether or not this problem has diminished over the years or if cases simply aren't as hyped in the media as they once may have been.
Let it never be said that life in these United States is boring. Take, for example, that almost uniquely American phenomenon – guns and the workplace.
European employers take note: when drafting up your monitoring policies in the workplace, you'd do well to be explicit in your instructions. Failure to do so may well see you fighting lawsuits before the European Court of Human Rights.
Legislation introduced earlier this year in the UK to boost maternity rights for women has only resulted in women becoming less employable – particularly as far as small and medium-sized employers are concerned.
The Chinese have taken steps to reduce worker exploitation, which is a particularly problem among migrant workers. But will new legislation really make any difference?
Employees in New Zealand who work in unsavory environments but are worried about reporting unprofessional, unethical, indeed, illegal activities, can breathe easier.
As England's new ban on smoking in enclosed public places takes effect, lawyers claim that employers are planning to use the new ban to crack down on staff taking cigarette breaks.
These are interesting times to be an American worker. With negotiations set to get underway in Detroit for a new labor contract, we also have the continuing debate about the Employee Free Choice Act going on in the Senate.
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