Workplace Issues

New Purdue smoking policy sparks complaints

October 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The policy limits smoking to 22 designated areas across campus, where on at least a couple occasions overfilled receptacles have caught fire.
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Federal audit knocks state's safety, health program

October 4, 2010
Scott Olson
The report from the U.S. Department of Labor raises concerns over whether Indiana's Occupational Safety and Health program is properly funded and staffed. Overall, the report provided 45 recommendations to improve procedures within the program.
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Plastic surgery firm hit with surveillance litigationRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Cory Schouten
Former employees say Meridian Plastic Surgery Center violated their rights when it secretly recorded them in various states of undress.
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Republic Airways CEO going 'Undercover'

September 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bryan Bedford, CEO, president and chairman of Indianapolis-based Republic Airways, will appear in an episode of "Undercover Boss" this season, CBS-TV announced.
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Family of woman killed by falling bottled-water pallets files suit

August 31, 2010
Cory Schouten
The estate of a woman killed when pallets of bottled water fell on her at a Kroger store in Franklin is suing the bottler, suggesting a new eco-friendly bottle design may have contributed to the accident.
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More cash-strapped workers dipping into 401(k) accounts

August 20, 2010
Associated Press
A record number made hardship withdrawals in the second quarter, and the number of of workers who borrowed from their accounts reached a 10-year high, according to Fidelity Investments.
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Visteon ordered to reinstate health care to retirees

August 17, 2010
Bloomberg News
The mandate from a U.S. bankruptcy judge will supply retroactive benefits to more than 6,000 Visteon Corp. retirees who lost insurance coverage after the Michigan-based auto-parts maker filed for bankruptcy in 2009, including 2,100 workers in Indiana.
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Health care reform means changes for Indiana employersRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Norm Heikens, Scott Olson, J.K. Wall
Nearly four months after President Barack Obama signed a health reform bill into law, businesses are still grappling with its impact on the health benefits they offer their employees.
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Employers mull legal challenge to new state gun law

July 1, 2010
Scott Olson
Indiana Chamber of Commerce president says several members have inquired about pursuing legal action, though nothing formal is in the works yet.
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FedEx wins dismissal of some claims in drivers' suit

June 29, 2010
Bloomberg News
FedEx Corp. won partial dismissal of a class-action lawsuit brought by contract drivers who contend they are entitled to full benefits because the company treats them as employees.
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IU, WellPoint make magazine's best tech workplace list

June 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indiana University and WellPoint Inc. were the only Indiana employers to land in Computerworld magazine’s top 100 rankings as one of the “Best Places to Work in IT.”.
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KULT: Mortgage loan officers punch the clock under new ruleRestricted Content

May 22, 2010
Gregory P. Kult
The government now views loan officers more like factory workers than white-collar business managers.
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AARP backs retirees in court fight over IPL benefits plan

May 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The AARP says IPL "perverted" a promise to its retirees regarding post-retirement benefits. The retirees have appealed their case to the Indiana Supreme Court.
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State cites Veolia Water over safety concerns

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water is contesting three "serious" safety penalties involving a gas line strike. IOSHA alleges utility failed to instruct employees and properly determine location of lines.
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Former Star columnist suing newspaper

April 29, 2010
Scott Olson
Susan Guyett, who wrote the Talk of Our Town column, claims the newspaper discriminated against her on the basis of age when she was let go from her job in 2008.
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Black professionals cope with poor economy

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The panel discussion, “Staying Alive and Productive During Economic Hard Times,” will be part of IPA’s annual networking lunch April 25.
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State unveils Web tools aimed to curb unemployment abuse

April 14, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development last year identified $3.9 million in unemployment fraud.
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Minority networking event set for April 25Restricted Content

March 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
"Staying Alive and Productive during Economic Hard Times" is the theme of the Indianapolis Professional Association's seventh annual networking luncheon. It will include a roundtable discussion of the economic state of local minority businesses and organizations.
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NCAA Tournament may cost employers $1.8B in lost work

March 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Annual unscientific survey does not take into account that many employees who participate in office pools devote extra time to finishing their responsibilities.
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Job searches dragging on a year later

March 6, 2010
J.K. Wall
Out of six professionals IBJ profiled a year ago, three have found jobs, although all have accepted lower pay than they were getting before. One could not be reached, but she still lists herself as looking for work on LinkedIn.com. Two tried to start their own businesses, with one giving up and one, Bruce Flanagan, still trying.
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Workplace guns bill gets final legislative OK

March 4, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana General Assembly approved a bill that lets workers keep firearms locked in their cars in trunks or out of sight while parked on company property.
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Protest at Evansville Whirlpool plant draws 1,500

February 26, 2010
Associated Press
Company shuttering plant, moving work to Mexico.
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Wintry weather testing work snow-day policies

February 15, 2010
Scott Olson
Coping with wintery blasts is made easier by advancements in work-from-home technology. But different kinds of companies have different policies when it comes to giving employees the option to telecommute or blow off the workday altogether.
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Smoking ban legislation appears dead in Statehouse

February 13, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Legislation that would ban smoking in all public places, enclosed areas of places of employment and certain state vehicles appears headed for an Indiana General Assembly summer study committee.
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Contest will honor centenarians who still work

January 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Last year, Virginia-based Experience Works recognized 101-year-old attorney Jack Borden of Weatherford, Texas.
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  1. PJ - Mall operators like Simon, and most developers/ land owners, establish individual legal entities for each property to avoid having a problem location sink the ship, or simply structure the note to exclude anything but the property acting as collateral. Usually both. The big banks that lend are big boys that know the risks and aren't mad at Simon for forking over the deed and walking away.

  2. Do any of the East side residence think that Macy, JC Penny's and the other national tenants would have letft the mall if they were making money?? I have read several post about how Simon neglected the property but it sounds like the Eastsiders stopped shopping at the mall even when it was full with all of the national retailers that you want to come back to the mall. I used to work at the Dick's at Washington Square and I know for a fact it's the worst performing Dick's in the Indianapolis market. You better start shopping there before it closes also.

  3. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  4. If you only knew....

  5. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

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