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March 28, 2013
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  • High unemployment persists for workers with disabilities
    With only 18% of the disabled population employed, the Americans with Disabilities Act isn't having its intended impact, some advocates say. "Employers are still catching on to the fact that the needs of most workers with disabilities aren't special, but employees with disabilities often bring specialized skills to the workplace," said Jeff Rosen of the National Council on Disability. "Perhaps no one knows how to adapt, think critically or find solutions better than someone who has to do so daily in order to navigate a world that wasn't built with them in mind." The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Will the health care law create incentives for hiring temp workers?
    Companies are considering increased use of temporary workers because the federal health care law will require businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to offer coverage or face a penalty. "By requiring employer coverage only for those who put in at least 30 hours a week, the act appears to create an incentive for companies to do less with permanent workers and more with part-timers, which are the main focus of staffing agencies," writes Jay Hancock. The Washington Post (3/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Is your very existence a threat to your employees?
    By simply existing, bosses psychologically threaten their workers in fundamental ways, says David Rock, director of the NeuroLeadership Institute. Leaders have higher social status and greater autonomy than their employees, and that imbalance, left unchecked, can demoralize and demotivate workers. "A smart boss will notice this and do all sorts of things to try to fix it," Rock says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • A closer look at employment contracts
    Employment contracts may seem relatively uncomplicated, but there are certain nuances you should be aware of, writes Maryam K. Ansari. For starters, it's important to understand the distinction between employees and contractors. "[I]f you misclassify your workers, you could be setting yourself up for labor law violations and possibly tax law violations as well," Ansari writes. You should also review your employee handbook to make sure it reflects your current policies and understand that noncompete clauses might not be enforceable. FindLaw/Free Enterprise blog (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Put your game face on
    Register today to attend BSCAI's Executive Seminar in Nashville, Tenn., as well as our attendee-favorite golf tournament benefiting the Government Affairs Fund. The golf tournament will take place on Saturday, May 18, immediately following the seminar, so be sure to bring your A game. Go online for full Executive Seminar details. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Steve Garcia, CBSE, discusses the changes in the industry
    Steve Garcia, CBSE, had been working as a senior installation tech at a national electronic security company when his older brother, Val, president of SMI Facility Services, approached him about joining the business. That was in 1992. Read on to see what Garcia has learned since then, including the changes he’s seen in the industry as well as the importance of being a part of organizations like BSCAI. Read past issues of Executive Insights. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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