Indianapolis Business Journal

JAN. 29-FEB. 4, 2021

Downtown hoteliers say they’re confident they'll be well-staffed and ready to go in six weeks when March Madness comes to town, bringing a sudden influx of thousands of guests to a market that has been operating well below normal levels since the pandemic began. IBJ’s Mickey Shuey sheds light on the needs hoteliers are trying to anticipate as they gear up for the rush. Also in this week’s paper, Greg Andrews unpacks the ramifications of a settlement that will cost Indianapolis-based health insurer Anthem nearly $600 million. Despite the jaw-dropping price tag, the deal is viewed by some investment analysts as a huge win for the company. And Lindsey Erdody reports on legislative efforts to establish workplace accommodations for pregnant women in Indiana, one of about 20 states that doesn’t have them on the books.

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Liz Malatestinic: New year, administration bring new challenges for employers

Regardless of whether any new laws that affect the workplace are enacted, there are always administrative changes at the federal level that affect companies. Regulatory agencies and commissions such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board have rule-making authority on a variety of important issues that can impact employers, and their interpretations often change with new administrations.

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Letter: Cosmetologists need licensing

In Jennifer Wagner’s column [Pandemic offers opportunity to rethink regulations, Forefront, Jan. 15], her choice of licensed professions to compare was interesting. I agree the two professions (real estate agent and cosmetologist) seem, on the surface, to be treated unequally. However, I disagree with her statement that “a sloppy real estate agent is likely to do more long-term damage than crooked bangs.”

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Letter: Make column required reading

The column titled “We must accept election results as part of free market, society” [Jan. 22] should be required reading for all politicians and all who care about our democracy.

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