Quarterly Newsletter and a Sage Cartoonist

I hope you’ll checkout our HR & Management Newsletter by clicking here.

Also, I note with interest David Horsey’s editorial cartoon from July 21.  Mr. Horsey is a talented cartoonist who’s published through the Hearst Newspaper chain.  (You can see all his stuff here).  After I’ve been writing and speaking so much on this topic – that businesses are finding ways of doing more with fewer employers – a client saw this in the San Francisco Chronicle and gave it to me:

David Horsey – Hearst Newspapers
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Violence in the Workplace Statistics

I recently gave a Preventing Violence in the Workplace presentation to a group of business owners (you can get the white paper here).

There’s good news and bad news about workplace violence.

The good news:

  1. Workplace violence is less prevalent than most people think. About 800 people die each year from workplace violence. (Homicide – the workplace issue that gets the most media attention – is only the fourth leading cause of deaths in the workplace).
  2. There are a number of inexpensive techniques that can mitigate workplace violence, such as implementing an Illness and Injury Prevention Plan, conducting simple training programs, and implementing background checks on job applicants.

The bad news:

  1. Incidents of workplace violence are likely on the increase.
  2. While most conceptions of incidents involve ‘the post office’ or large organizations, it’s affecting small businesses more and more, since small businesses generally don’t have the infrastructure to support training programs and knowledge about how to prevent workplace violence.

Thanks to Centre Daily Times.

What Employers Must Do In 2008

Our annual Special Report: The 14 Things Employers Must Do In 2008 – is now available for free on our website.

Every year, new laws and best practices change. Here are the 14 things California employers need to do as the new year begins:

  • Military Spouse Leave
  • Minimum Wage Changes
  • Computer Professional Hourly Rate Lowered
  • Workers’ Compensation Temporary Disability Benefits
  • Notice of Earned Income Credit Rights
  • Cell Phone Usage While Driving
  • Changes to Itemized Pay Statements
  • New I-9 Form
  • New EEO-1 Form
  • New Posters/Pamphlets
  • Separate Arbitration Agreements Necessary
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Health Care and Whistleblower Protection
  • Employees Must be able to Cash Paychecks Without Cost