Workplace Issues

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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Chase Indiana chairman retiring

November 30, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Dennis Bassett, who retires at the end of this month, will tell you things might not have gone well for JPMorgan Chase & Co. if it had imported a New Yorker to run its Indiana operations when it bought Chicago-based Bank One in 2004.
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IU Health latest to voice opposition to marriage amendment

November 26, 2013
IU Health, the state’s fourth-largest employer, said it was opposing a proposed amendment against same-sex marriage for health-related reasons.
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Council urges rejection of marriage amendment

November 11, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 22-6 on Monday night to pass a resolution urging the Indiana General Assembly to vote against the proposed same-sex marriage amendment.
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Emmis, others choose sides in gay-marriage fight

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based media giant Emmis Communications Corp. has joined Freedom Indiana, a group opposed to a proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, a Northern Indiana tea party group took a different stance.
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Gay marriage debate draws in higher education

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
DePauw University and Wabash College have joined Freedom Indiana, a newly formed organization opposed to Indiana's proposed same-sex marriage amendment.
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OSHA finds unsafe conditions at Crane base

October 28, 2013
Associated Press
The Crane Army Ammunition Activity about 70 miles southwest of Indianapolis learned last month the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration would issue 36 notices for unsafe working conditions.
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Health law fuels modest rise in costs

October 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
It’s long been known that Obamacare would make health benefits more expensive for most employers. Now, it’s finally becoming clearer by how much: about 9 percent, on average, according to a series of actuarial studies.
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How Obamacare is affecting employersRestricted Content

October 26, 2013
J.K. Wall
Indiana companies are planning different methods to adapt to the health care landscape next year.
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Indy Chamber to oppose gay-marriage amendment

October 22, 2013
The Chamber noted that two of Indiana's largest employers — Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. and Columbus-based engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. — oppose the amendment for recruitment reasons.
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Poll: Half of older workers delay retirement plans

October 14, 2013
Associated Press
Some 82 percent of working Americans over 50 say it is at least somewhat likely they will work for pay in retirement, according to a poll released Monday.
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WorkOne offices prepare for in-person meetings

October 12, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's WorkOne centers are bracing for an increase in traffic when they begin holding in-person meetings with people who've been receiving unemployment benefits for at least four weeks.
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GE workers protest Bloomington factory job cuts

September 27, 2013
Associated Press
Workers say the company isn't following through on an investment announced three years ago.
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Indiana sees two-decade low in workplace deaths

August 23, 2013
Associated Press
Almost half of Indiana's 2012 worker deaths were transportation-related. Twenty deaths happened at construction sites, while there were 10 manufacturing deaths.
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String of EEOC complaints dogs WTHR

July 27, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A case brought early this year by the executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13’s former president was the seventh since 2005 by a woman alleging sex discrimination at the NBC affiliate
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Carmel firm settles discrimination lawsuit for $90K

July 11, 2013
Mason King
A Carmel-based power-grid operator has agreed to pay $90,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit involving an employee who allegedly suffered from postpartum depression.
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Firms unravel implications of same-sex court rulingRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Dan Human
Judges have spoken and people have celebrated, but human resources departments remain confounded on what will change for their companies with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
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Benefits firm to continue growth spurt, add 25 jobs

July 1, 2013
Mason King
Nyhart Actuary & Employee Benefits plans to invest $840,000 to lease and equip an expansion of its Indianapolis headquarters, and already has started hiring.
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High court invalidates law denying gay-marriage benefits

June 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.
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Sales of boomer-owned businesses deemed close at hand

June 8, 2013
Norm Heikens
Several factors have aligned to spark the long-expected trend.
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Explanations vary for dearth of women in top rungs of business

June 1, 2013
Dan Human
Of 112 public and large private-company CEOs, only four are women, although women make up 47 percent of Indiana's work force. The four Indiana companies with a woman as CEO at the end of 2012—Bioanalytical Systems, Fortune Industries, Defender Direct and HP Products Corp.—were among a tiny group nationwide with women at the helm.
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Feds probing Indiana's workplace safety agency

April 12, 2013
Associated Press
The federal government's workplace safety agency is investigating its Indiana counterpart—a department that documents indicate is trying to boost its inspections without hiring new staffers.
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WTHR chief hit with discrimination lawsuit

March 23, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The former executive assistant to WTHR-TV Channel 13 President John Cardenas has filed an age- and sexual-discrimination lawsuit against the station and parent Dispatch Broadcasting Group.
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