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Bullying, bigotry and a bill to prevent picking on all personnel
In the right setting, high-stress, high-profile workplaces such as hospitals, law enforcement offices and professional sports teams can promote a culture of camaraderie and teamwork while producing positive results. However, big egos also can quickly reign supreme, leaving an environment ripe for intimidation and bullying. With no laws specifically preventing workplace bullying — unless the conduct involves discrimination — it's legal to be a jerk at work.
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How workplace gardens improve employee wellness
By Jasmine A. Koster
Employees with access to a workplace garden reap the benefits. Not only do they have greater availability of healthy produce, but they also have access to a meditative space of nurturing calm. Other benefits have also been observed among employees such as heightened productivity, a more united and loyal workforce, diminished absenteeism and a reduction in healthcare expenditures. A garden can certainly harmonize a workplace, unifying it as a community. The roles of supervisor, intern, assistant and manager momentarily dissolve when everyone has their hands in the dirt.
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Reducing risk for better supplier management
EE Times India
A lot of companies engage in supplier risk management by identifying alternate suppliers for when a severe problem comes up. However, there are other supplier risk issues that can affect corporate brands and that companies should also manage for risk. The list of considerations is long: The ability of suppliers to protect your confidential information, the second tier of suppliers (your suppliers' suppliers) about whom you might know very little, and supplier employment and sustainability practices that can harm your brand. Every organization needs to reduce risk and mitigate proactively against these threats.
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Business continuity in 2014
Continuity Central
During the last quarter of 2013, Continuity Central conducted an online survey asking business continuity professionals about their expectations for 2014. The survey asked respondents: "What level of changes do you expect to see in the way your organization manages business continuity during 2014?" Only 16.8 percent of respondents expect no changes in organizational business continuity in 2014. Almost half of respondents (49.6 percent) expect to see small changes; and a third (33.6 percent) anticipate large changes.
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Crisis can strike any company, so plan your response
Tallahassee Democrat
Contaminated pharmaceuticals. Pipeline ruptures. Defective car seats. Data security breaches. We have all read the headlines about these and other crises that caused serious harm to businesses. No company is immune, but what separates success from failure is how it responds to and manages the crisis. The start of a new year is a good time to develop a crisis management plan. While the strategies and tactics will vary according to the size, nature and complexity of each business, four steps generally apply: preservation of relevant information, investigation, communication and corrective action.
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Mitigating the risks of social media apps on employee devices
Midsize Insider
The tools of social media are an essential part of employees doing social business and enable them to share important information. For many small and midsize companies, this does not mean building a private network of their own. It means taking the best advantage of the tools that are already in existence. While this may present significant cost savings, it can also take an essential function — security — out of the hands of the company. That can have serious repercussions.
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Louisiana workers' comp rates to drop by 5.1 percent
Workers' compensation insurance premiums in Louisiana will drop 5.1 percent as of May 1, State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon recently said. The decline is the first in the state since 2010, and was based on recommendations by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. State officials said most workers' compensation carriers in Louisiana use the NCCI annual loss cost filing to formulate their insurance rates.
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4 ways you can stop workplace bullying
Baltimore Business Journal
Workplace bullying has become more important to employers as it has become more visible. Depending on the study, it is estimated that between 35 and 50 percent of the workforce has been subjected to some form of bullying.

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PR's ever-expanding role protecting brand reputation
PR News
As the digitization of society fundamentally changes the notion of privacy, PR pros will have an ever-expanding role to play when it comes to employee communications and brand reputation.

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Clearing the 'hardship' hurdle when FMLA and ADA collide
HR Morning
The overlap of the FMLA and ADA has become a huge concern for employers. Reason: More employees are turning to the ADA to milk more job-protected leave out of their employers once their FMLA leave expires.

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Companies need to be more aware of risk
The Wall Street Journal
The year now ending has already seen its fair share of corporate scandals, sending shudders and shock waves through stock markets. From pharmaceutical bribery to the horse-meat scandal, phone hacking and recent oil spills, it is clear that no industry is safe from disrepute — which raises the question, which of your employees will pose the biggest risk to your organization?
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AIR Worldwide: One hurricane could wipe out 60 percent of catastrophe bonds
A single Category 5 hurricane making a number of landfalls on the U.S. coastline, including impacting Miami and New York, could wipe out as much as 60 percent of catastrophe bond tranches, according to analysis from risk modeler AIR Worldwide. U.S. wind or hurricane risk makes up a large proportion of the current catastrophe bond market, making up as much as 64-70 percent of cat bond risk capital currently at risk. As a result it is important for investors to understand the potential ramifications of worst case scenario catastrophe events on their portfolios and the cat bond market.
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