Workplace Issues

Kokomo council backs ban on smoking in bars

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
The Kokomo City Council voted 5-4 Monday night to give initial approval to a ban on smoking in bars and social clubs.
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U.S. worker productivity recovers after steep fall

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Labor Department said Friday that that productivity increased 2.5 percent at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, after plummeting 4.5 percent in the first quarter.
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More executives want break from 24-hour connectivity

August 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A growing number of people are seeking a kind of digital detox at least once a year, but many still resist the idea. According to Wired magazine, less than 10 percent of all Americans unplug—even for one week a year,
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PENNY: Collegiate reform could hurt Olympic teamsRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Steve Penny / Special to IBJ
Changes in governance might risk pipeline of athletes in sports that generate little income.
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BOHLER SMITH: Forsaken vacation hits business two waysRestricted Content

July 26, 2014
Jamie Bohler Smith / Special to IBJ
There is truth in the old adage that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but it also makes Jack unhappier, less healthy and not as effective of an employee.
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Obama says U.S. should provide paid maternity leave

June 23, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
The president is touting paid maternity in the midst of a midterm election campaign focused on women voters, without describing the details of how he would fund such a system.
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INDIANA 100: Mainstreet tops fastest-growing companies list

June 21, 2014
Nursing home developer Mainstreet is the fastest-growing private company in the Indianapolis area.
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Fledgling local organization crusading for innovationRestricted Content

June 21, 2014
Greg Andrews
Jerry McColgin saw firsthand the power of innovation during his 15 years at Whirlpool Corp., starting on the factory floor and working up to lead an Evansville-based team of 35 people scattered across 17 countries.
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Pay raises going mainly to those in select industries

June 12, 2014
Associated Press
Five years after the Great Recession officially ended, raises remain sharply uneven across industries and, as a whole, have barely kept up with prices.
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Judge dismisses wrongful death suit against Kroger

May 23, 2014
Scott Olson
The mother of an Indianapolis man shot at a Kroger by a store manager in what police said was an attempted robbery filed the suit in 2012.
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Banks scrambling to find experienced workersRestricted Content

May 17, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Many banks let training languish in an era when consolidation made it easy to snap up veterans. Now, with boomers starting to retire, banks want to pass the baton smoothly.
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Applicants, bosses both blamed as jobs go unfilled

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
As they wade through piles of resumes, some small business owners are beginning to wonder if many job applicants are simply unskilled, unreliable slackers. But human resources consultants say employers have contributed to a change in job search etiquette.
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City controller floats idea to change retirement plans

April 23, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
If the plan is carried out, new city employees wouldn't be eligible for pensions through the Indiana Public Retirement System. Instead, they would have a defined-contribution plan similar to the 401(k) plans offered by private-sector employers.
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Emmis mag sues New York Times over editor hire

April 12, 2014
Bloomberg News
Texas Monthly, the award-winning magazine owned by Indianapolis-based Emmis Communications Corp., says the Times hired away its top editor to join the newspaper's magazine division before his contract expired.
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Electronics manufacturing short circuited in IndianaRestricted Content

April 12, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The sector is migrating to states that beckon with better prospects.
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Republic Airways pilots reject contract offer

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Pilots for Indianapolis-based Republic Airways overwhelmingly rejected a proposed 4-year contract that the company said would have put them at or near the top of wages for pilots at regional airlines.
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Ex-employee files harassment lawsuit against ChaCha

April 4, 2014
Dan Human
The suit alleges that the wife of company founder Scott Jones believed he was having an affair with the employee, and the firm didn't do enough to prevent the wife from confronting and threatening her at work.
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Gaffes to avoid while doing global businessRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
From baring the sole of one's shoe to giving a time piece and chilling the wine, opportunities to offend abound.
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WTHR last of local affiliates to roll out robotic camerasRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Chris O'Malley
Several production staffers at WTHR-TV Channel 13 could wind up looking for work in the months ahead as the NBC affiliate becomes the last of the local stations to extensively automate studio functions.
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Obama seeks overtime pay for more salaried workers

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Bypassing Congress, President Barack Obama intends to order changes in overtime rules so employers would be required to pay millions more workers for the extra time they put in on the job.
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Feds find numerous issues at state workplace-safety agency

March 5, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration uncovered problems in several areas of Indiana's workplace safety program during an investigation. In a report issued Wednesday, OSHA issued 22 recommendations for the state agency.
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Tech firms dangle amenities to lure sought-after workersRestricted Content

March 1, 2014
Dan Human
Industry goliaths in Silicon Valley have thrown lavish perks at employees for years. As employment in Indianapolis tech firms has skyrocketed in recent years, a lot more companies are looking for workers, heating up competition.
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Office space shrinking in Indianapolis areaRestricted Content

February 22, 2014
Jeff Newman
Technology and work habits are prompting firms to squish space allotted to workers.
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Workers not owed for changing time, Supreme Court rules

January 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Companies in many cases don’t have to pay workers for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, siding with U.S. Steel Corp. in a lawsuit by 800 workers.
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Extreme weather tests business backup plans

January 7, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Extreme winter weather tested business contingency plans this week, and power outages were a common setback for people trying to work from home.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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