Workplace Issues

AIT shares profit with employees - again

December 21, 2009
AIT Laboratories said Monday morning it is awarding another $1 million in bonus money to employees, bringing their total take in profit sharing this year to an impressive $3 million.
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Legislators face unemployment insurance fund sinking into red

December 19, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Indiana lawmakers are preparing to punt on 2009's must-solve business issue in the hope of a federal bailout. However, it's anybody's guess how Washington will respond.
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Smoking ban bill sent back to committee

November 30, 2009
Brock Benefiel
The fate of a proposal that would impose a stricter workplace smoking ban in Indianapolis remains up in the air after the City-County Council voted Monday night to send the bill back to committee for further review.
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Former Huntington National Bank exec alleges age discriminationRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Michael Lewis, 53, filed a complaint with the Indianapolis office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Aug. 13 and sued Huntington Oct. 15 in Marion Superior Court.
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Employers brace for Cyber Monday

November 25, 2009
Scott Olson
More than 53 percent of workers with Internet access, or 68.8 million, are expected to shop online Monday, according to the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation.
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Fewer firms reimbursing workers for tuitionRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Scott Olson
As corporations continue to dig out from the worst recession in decades, tuition-reimbursement programs are a common casualty. A survey estimates that 63 percent of companies will offer undergraduate educational assistance this year compared to 67 percent in 2005.
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Council resurrects workplace smoking ban proposal

November 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Two weeks after reaching a stalemate on a proposal that would broaden the city's workplace smoking ban, City-Council Council members voted Monday night to resurrect the measure.
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King Systems, Steel Dynamics fined over safety violations

October 28, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Indiana Department of Labor has slapped two Indiana companies with fines of about $200,000 each for repeated safety violations that put workers at risk.
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Smoking-ban backers, opponents vow to keep battling

October 27, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Supporters of a stricter ban on smoking in Indianapolis workplaces said the City-County Council's decision Monday night to table the proposal will not kill efforts to get legislation passed.
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Council tables smoking ban

October 26, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Efforts to broaden Indianapolis' workplace smoking ban came up short Monday night as members of the City-County Council voted to table the proposal. The ordinance would have prohibited patrons from lighting up in bars, bowling alleys and nightclubs, expanding an existing law that prohibits smoking in most public places, including restaurants that serve minors.
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UPDATE: Hurco exec getting $500,000 exit package

October 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
James D. Fabris, who is leaving Hurco Cos. Inc. at the end of the month following a long management tenure, will receive an exit package worth more than $500,000.
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SLAUGHTER: Learn how to say 'no' at work

September 19, 2009
Robby Slaughter
Whether we do so out of fear, greed or a sense of duty, relentlessly volunteering for more work is one of the worst choices we can make at the office.
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HICKS: Card check folly and the demise of unionsRestricted Content

September 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
This Labor Day sees the American labor movement in serious decline. In fact, U.S. private-sector union membership has been in serious decline for three decades.
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Indiana workplace deaths rise slightly

August 20, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The number of Hoosiers who died on the job last year ticked up from the previous year. But the total still represents the second-fewest workplace fatalities since the federal government began tracking the statistic in 1992, the Indiana Department of Labor said today.
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Two more bars go smoke-free

August 17, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Gregs and the Talbott Street Nightclub, two prominent bars that cater to gay and lesbian crowds, went smoke-free Aug. 1.
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EDITORIAL: Health reform's time has comeRestricted Content

June 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Lawmakers must take action but also ensure that any plan incorporates four basic principles.
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Retirement plans changing as employers cut costs, workers crave stabilityRestricted Content

June 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Last fall's Wall Street meltdown, which erased half the value of some 401(k) retirement plans, has both employers and employees re-examining what to expect long term.
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Civility is admired in life and deathRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Mickey Maurer
What would you want said in your obituary that would set you apart from your peers?
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Candy store aims for sweet successRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
George Umbarger
A focus on old-world quality with modern services and efficiency drives the owners of Simply Sweet Shoppe & Second Story Playhouse.
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Here's a must-do checklist for personnel managersRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Tom Phillips
If you are a human resources professional, now is an excellent time for you to assess the human resource function in your company.
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IPL wins retiree benefit disputeRestricted Content

May 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light could have been on the hook for more than $100 million in retirement benefits, but a ruling this month by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission allows IPL to keep the money.
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Women's Fund narrows its focusRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
Katie Maurer
Critical endowment has lost half its value during slump
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Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance offers flexible work schedule, lactation room for nursing mothersRestricted Content

April 13, 2009
About 70 percent of Farm Bureau's staff is female, and the company provides benefits and services designed...
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Annual call for women's suits takes on new urgencyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Dress for Success Indianapolis is once again asking professional women to comb their closets for a spare suit.
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Our newest smoke-filled workplace: Sadly, it stinksRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Bruce Hetrick
Hoosiers workers—including those who work at casinos—deserve a healthy, smoke-free workplace.
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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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