Workplace Issues

Laws aim to protect veterans returning from deploymentRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Sam Stall
These days, when an Indiana National Guard member or military reservist is called to active duty, that "weekend warrior" may be gone for a good deal longer than a weekend.
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Give to children's charities at the holidaysRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Morton Marcus
As this year closes, you have an opportunity to help causes that help children.
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New retirement savings law means new biz for AULRestricted Content

December 15, 2008
J.K. Wall
In order to comply with stricter rules from the Internal Revenue Service, schools and other not-for-profits are making changes and consolidations to retirement plans, creating growth opportunities for companies like Indianapolis-based American United Life Insurance Co.
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Billingsley markets health care mystery shopping businessRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Della Pacheco
As co-founder and head of sales and marketing, Brooke Billingsley has helped build Indianapolis-based Perception Strategies Inc. — a health care mystery shopping business co-founded by her husband, Kevin.
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Companies face pension-plan shortfallsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Private employers that still offer traditional pension plans are getting a big shock as they assess how much more it will cost to shoulder retirement obligations.
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Bloomington wins recognition for being gay-friendlyRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
A national newsmagazine for the gay and lesbian community has named Bloomington as its top U.S. small-town vacation destination.
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MZD Advertising signs deal with National Guard to publicize child care benefitsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Indianapolis-based MZD Advertising topped a field of 14 agencies competing to become agency of record for Gap Solutions Inc., which provides contracted services that support the National Guard Child Care Program.
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Change begins with everyone, not just ObamaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
Sen. Barack Obama's election and call for change and hope, as well as Ind. Gov. Mitch Daniels' re-election after dramatic changes, shows that Americans can become successful again.
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Schott design firm builds office clients through real estate connectionsRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Scott Olson
Jenny Schott Androne, the president and founder of Schott Design Inc., one of the city's largest interior design firms, has amassed a diverse array of clients largely by marketing to building managers and landlords, as well as leasing agents and tenants.
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Almost half of Martin U.'s trustees resign

November 3, 2008
Kathleen McLaughlin
Seven Martin University trustees have resigned this year, and at least two say President Algeania Freeman's methods were a factor.
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Diverse thoughts, backgrounds and experiences make organizations excelRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Mckenzie Scott
It's the diverse thoughts, backgrounds and experiences people bring that make organizations stand out and excel.
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At most Indiana public firms, CEO pay hasn't fallen with stockRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Most public companies say they tie executive compensation to performance, but an IBJ review of pay data from 65 Indiana-based firms shows otherwise. Last year, more than two-thirds of Indiana-based public companies saw their share prices decline, yet many continued to award eye-popping compensation to their executives.
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Displaced older workers abandon hopes of landing similar workRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Ed Callahan
A growing percentage of men and women nationwide are reaching a career crossroads at a time when most would hope to have it made. Almost a quarter of the 3.8 million Americans displaced from their jobs from 2003-2005 were 55 or older, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, up from 21 percent in the prior three years.
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Fantasy football leagues concern employersRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Anthony Schoettle
The kickoff of the National Football League season this month has many central Indiana employers fearful that fantasy will encroach on reality. The fretfulness revolves around the start of the fantasy football season, where fans draft real players onto make-believe teams and track their individual performances via organized Web sites.
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Prescription drug abuse on the riseRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
J.K. Wall
When the Department of Justice slapped St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital with a $1.2 million fine last month, it stunned local medical professionals. But the issue behind St. Vincent's troubles is no surprise. The diversion of prescriptions drugs from the medical field into recreational use is a widespread problem in Indiana and the nation.
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Companies must prepare for CEO turnoverRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
J.K. Wall
A methodical process is the right way to change CEOs, according to succession-planning experts. And Indiana needs more of its major corporations to do so. A wave of aging executives is at or near normal retirement age--in Indiana and nationwide. How well those companies' CEOs pass the baton will have a big impact on their companies' futures.
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Office fight puts print firm on spotRestricted Content

June 18, 2007
Cory Schouten
A local printing powerhouse is trying to regain the confidence of its employees and customers after the CEO and his secretary were involved in a profanity-laced physical altercation at work.
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WellPoint CFO's affairs exposed by lawsuitRestricted Content

June 11, 2007
J.K. Wall
In this era of hyper-scrutiny of corporate ethics, even messy personal lives can fell the career of a "well-loved and well-respected" executive. Such appears to be the case with David C. Colby, whom WellPoint Inc. forced to resign as its vice chairman and chief financial officer on May 30 for violating the company's code of conduct in a "non-business" way.
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Ex-Norwood execs say company cheated them out of millionsRestricted Content

February 19, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
Indianapolis-based Norwood Promotional Products is facing legal challenges from a half-dozen former executives who say board members and investors conspired to fire them, withhold severance pay and cheat them out of as much as $3.6 million in company stock.
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Firearm advocates take aim at employers' restrictionsRestricted Content

December 25, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Legislators in the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly are gearing up for a gunfight with high-caliber business implications. On one side are employees who prefer to pack heat during their commute. On the other are executives who see guns as a liability nightmare--even if they're locked in cars parked outside.
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Mixing religion, business leads to risks, rewardsRestricted Content

December 11, 2006
Peter Schnitzler
Navigating the intersection between creed and commerce can betricky. Fearing lawsuits, many companies prefer to avoid it whenever possible. But others unabashedly intertwine religion and business.
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