Workplace Issues

Report: IOSHA loses its teeth as workplace safety watchdog

February 24, 2013
Associated Press
The state agency inspects fewer than a third of the businesses it did in the 1980s, issues fines for serious violations that average less than half the national rate and issued violations at a lower rate than the national average the past decade, according to a newspaper report.
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Man says Republic denied him interview because of tattoos

February 21, 2013
A state commission found a Florida man can proceed with a civil rights complaint against the Indianapolis-based airline after it allegedly refused to consider him for a flight attendant's job because of the tattoos on his forearms.
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Glass company faces more fines for safety violations

January 29, 2013
Dan Human
The state wants to fine Pilkington North America $231,000 following another round of safety concerns at a Shelbyville factory. This is at least the third time in less than a year, and fourth time since 2010, that the state has stepped in to address problems at the plant.
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Roche makes Fortune’s ‘Best Companies’ list

January 18, 2013
Roche Diagnostics Corp. in Indianapolis ranks 89th on the magazine's latest "Best Companies to Work For" list and was the only Indiana-based company selected.
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Head of Indiana safety agency resigns after 7 years

January 2, 2013
Associated Press
The head of Indiana's workplace safety agency has stepped down after seven years in the job, during which the department issued some of the largest safety fines in the state's history.
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Bill would crack down on convenience store safetyRestricted Content

December 8, 2012
Stores with crime problems that wanted to remain open overnight would have to do one of the following: have two employees working, install a bulletproof enclosure, have a security guard or conduct business through a pass-through trough.
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More companies planning holiday parties, survey says

November 30, 2012
Scott Olson
A new survey shows 83 percent of companies polled plan to host holiday parties this year, up from 68 percent a year ago.
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Indiana employers desperate to improve workers' personal habitsRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
J.K. Wall
Skyrocketing health care costs prompt search for new ways to improve lifestyle choices.
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Glass factory's safety under state's lens yet againRestricted Content

November 24, 2012
Dan Human
Union leaders say working conditions are improving at the Pilkington glass factory in Shelbyville, but an employee’s injury in October has led to another visit from state safety officials and possibly more fines.
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IU: Growth of Indiana’s labor force slowing rapidly

November 13, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Business Research Center attributes the predicted slowdown during the next 30 years to an increasing number of baby boomers entering retirement and a cresting of the decades-long rise in female labor force participation.
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Farm fatalities fall in Indiana; no children die

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
A new Purdue University report says farm-related deaths in Indiana fell to 16 last year and none involved children for the first time in 13 years.
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Money for counties key to Indiana penalty change

October 16, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana lawmakers are trying to find the money to help counties handle more low-level felons in work release and other local programs rather than send them to state prison.
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Six Sigma guru scours city budget for savingsRestricted Content

September 29, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Efficiency expert Manny Mendez, who has saved the city $4.9 million since 2008 through Six Sigma practices, is now scouring government operations in search of $15 million more.
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Lawrence public smoking restrictions start Monday

September 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A new ordinance in Lawrence will ban smoking in restaurants, bowling alleys, hotels and most bars beginning Monday.
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Indiana workplace deaths up slightly last year

September 24, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A new report says the number of people dying on the job rose slightly in Indiana last year, to 122, the Indiana Department of Labor said Monday.
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Lawsuit tests Indiana's 'take your gun to work' law

September 22, 2012
Associated Press
New provisions of Indiana gun laws that allow people to keep guns in their cars at work and prohibit employers from asking about gun possession will get their first test in a lawsuit filed by an Indianapolis man.
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Indy hotel to pay $355,000 to settle race lawsuit

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
The operators of an Indianapolis hotel have agreed to pay $355,000 to settle allegations they underpaid and fired African-American housekeepers because of their race.
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Mayor signs off on domestic-partner ordinance

August 23, 2012
The ordinance covering city employees offers insurance coverage to both same-sex and heterosexual unmarried couples. The mayor also signed the "Complete Streets" proposal.
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AT&T technicians file lawsuit over lunch policy

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Eleven AT&T technicians have filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status to collect unpaid wages and overtime, alleging the company compels them to work during unpaid lunch breaks. The suit seeks to represent 1,300 AT&T technicians in Indiana.
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Indianapolis law firms ratchet up marketing to womenRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
It’s out with sporting events and in with fashion shows as firms try to make female clients feel more welcome.
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Indiana agencies drawing right-to-work rulesRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
The new law is only the latest to hit unions with broadsides.
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Multi-employer health clinic to open downtownRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
J.K. Wall
NoviaCare Clinics LLC will open a multi-employer health clinic in downtown Indianapolis this fall, opening the door for smaller employers to add the service to their health benefits.
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MILLER: Morale, productivity affected by benefits frustrationRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Robert L. Miller / Special to IBJ
Have employees reached the tipping point where rising health care costs have forced them to think seriously about jumping ship?
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Co-working spaces multiply, giving independent workers options

June 30, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Co-working sites—shared office spaces designed to give entrepreneurs, free-lancers and consultants the tools they need to get the job done as well as the chance to interact with other professionals, sans cubicle—are gaining popularity nationally and, finally, in Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis area needs more black engineers, architectsRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Scott Olson
Among major occupational groups, only farming has a smaller share of African-Americans, government figures show.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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