Workplace Issues

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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Controversial Martin University president to retire this month

December 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Algeania Freeman will retire Dec. 31 after three years at the school, officials said late Monday morning. Former NCAA executive Charlotte Westerhaus will serve as acting president while the predominantly black university conducts a nationwide search for a new leader.
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Unions target Indianapolis hotels

November 13, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
Unite Here has high hopes, but the industry fears its cost advantage would erode.
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Workplace safety rules a part of ND death probe

October 30, 2010
Associated Press
State regulators are investigating whether the University of Notre Dame violated safety rules when it allowed a student to videotape football practice from a tall hydraulic lift that toppled in high winds, killing the young man.
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N.Y. attorney general sues FedEx over driver status

October 25, 2010
Bloomberg News
The Memphis, Tenn.-based company, which has a distribution hub in Indianapolis, says its contract-driver model is legal and was approved for tax purposes by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1994.
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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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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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