Workplace Issues

Local tech firm owner makes most of flexibilityRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Andrea Muirragui Davis
About a year ago, Jon Arnold shuttered his technology firm’s office in Irvington, but not his company. He and his two employees now rely on technology to keep the company thriving as Arnold and his family spend a year traveling the country in a recreational vehicle.
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Indiana workplace injury, illness rate remains flat

October 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana workplaces reported 4.3 injuries and illnesses per 100 workers last year. It marked the 13th straight year when the statewide rate didn't increase.
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Team-building exercises remain popular, but do they work?Restricted Content

October 1, 2011
Sam Stall
Even in today's tight economy, the trend of organizing off-site team-building exercises for employees is still going strong.
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Recovery likely to worsen nursing shortageRestricted Content

October 1, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The recession pushed some nurses out of retirement and others into full-time jobs. But the nurse shortage is expected to resume as the economy improves.
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MORRIS: Don't forget that work needs to be funRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Greg Morris
Let’s try and leave some mad money in the budget.
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Workplace fatalities fall to record low in Indiana

August 25, 2011
In 2010, 115 workers died on the job in Indiana, a decrease of eight from 2009, according to the state Department of Labor.
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State launches program to help employ ex-offenders

August 24, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The state is launching an initiative aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs, particularly with large businesses that tend to have the most trepidation about hiring them.
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Local bar ordered to pay $45,000 to fired worker

August 12, 2011
The Wild Beaver Saloon in Broad Ripple agreed to the payment as part of a settlement reached Thursday. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the bar for allegedly firing the female employee because of her pregnancy.
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More employers put faith in health savings accountsRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
J.K. Wall
Sizable Indianapolis companies like the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, consumer-ratings service Angie’s List, Marsh and Wilhelm Construction have switched to consumer-directed health plans. There’s some evidence nationally that the trend is set to accelerate.
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Can't stand the heat? Get off the job site

July 11, 2011
Andrew Smith
The combination of rising temperatures and humid air have prompted the National Weather Service to issue a heat advisory for central Indiana through 8 p.m., but some area workers can’t stay out of the elements.
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Employers face messy decision to drop health insuranceRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
J.K. Wall
Companies that drop insurance coverage could, without spending any more money than they are now, give workers an 11-percent raise or else help them save as much as $2,000 per year buying health coverage in one of the exchanges, IBJ calculations show.
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DWYER: Hiring costs can be sliced when industry cooperatesRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Steve Dwyer
Manufacturers and distributors often avoid existing training programs.
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Black Expo employees lodge complaints against CEO

June 3, 2011
Seventeen employees sign letter to the organization's board of directors complaining that Indiana Black Expo President and CEO Tanya Bell has created a hostile work environment.
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SLAUGHTER: We need a remote-work revolution

May 14, 2011
Robby Slaughter
It turns out that, although we think of glass towers, cubicles and filing cabinets as the places where we go to accomplish something, the office is a terrible place to get anything done.
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MANTOOTH: Companies bogged down by employees' poor healthRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
The problem is, too many people make unhealthy choices and the consequences of these choices become everyone’s problem.
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Law firms inch back toward hiring modeRestricted Content

May 7, 2011
Katie Maurer
Improved economy boosts prospects, modestly, for new grads.
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Equal Pay Day highlights persistent wage disparity

April 13, 2011
Scott Olson
In Indiana, women working full time are paid an average of $31,762 per year while men earn an average of $43,631 annually, U.S. Census Bureau statistics show.
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Doc groups play up economic impact

April 6, 2011
J.K. Wall
Physicians are regarded as smart, successful and helpful when you’re sick—but not usually as a big driver of the economy. Now, however, physician trade groups are arguing that docs are good for business too.
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RATHKE: My saga of staying up to date on health care reform

March 19, 2011
Tracey Rathke
Human resources used to be about payroll and benefits. Now it's also about watching Congress.
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Hospital systems adopt Starbucks-style service

March 19, 2011
J.K. Wall
Indiana University Health is the latest system to drill employees ranging from clerks to physicians in how to treat patients.
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Forklift accident kills worker at Indianapolis plant

March 16, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis fire officials say a forklift operator was killed at Royal Food Products Inc. when a floor collapsed beneath the machine at the food manufacturing plant.
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Indiana University to offer workers buyout plan

March 11, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana University is drafting plans to offer thousands of university employees a voluntary retirement buyout.
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Ride along on a bike commute from Carmel to downtown Indy

March 5, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Biking
                           Watch VideoIBJ reporter Gabrielle Poshadlo follows Don Jarrels on his daily jaunt downtown. Bonus video: A look inside Eli Lilly and Co.'s bike-to-work program.
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Intellectual property theft rising quicklyRestricted Content

February 26, 2011
Bob Kronemyer / Special to IBJ
Filching ranges from crude to highly sophisticated, experts say.
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Business agenda might get friendly receptionRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Mary Dieter
With Republicans firmly in control of the Indiana General Assembly, businesses have a better chance of achieving some of their legislative objectives than they have for years.
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