Airline Finds New Revenue Source in Tough Times: Pay Toilets

Ryanair, a low-cost, no-frills airline that serves Europe out of its Great Britain hub, is pondering a pound-sterling coinbox on its toilet doors. “One thing we have looked at in the past and are looking at again is the possibility of maybe putting a coin slot on the toilet door so that people might actually […]

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They Pay for the Honor to Work at McDonald’s

To be honest, I’d never heard of this phenomenon before, so I thought I’d better share it. It seems that young Thai university students pay $3,000 and up to come to the U.S. and work in a fast-food joint for the honor of listing “foreign work experience” on their resumes. Now, $3,000 in Thai current […]

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Complying With Government Regulations the CD-ROM Way

Personnel Concepts, according to those I’ve spoken with there recently, is making a big push to create interactive tools for companies to create documents and posters to comply with OSHA and other regulations. First to come out was the Fire Prevention Program CD-ROM. OSHA requires that every place of business create, print and distribute to […]

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Some Unemployed Are Being Taken to the Bank

NEWS ITEM: At least 30 states have contracted with banks to provide direct-deposit unemployment benefits, some of which come in the form of a debit card. This saves the states the cost of printing checks and mailing them. REALITY: Some banks are abusing the system by charging fees to use these unemployment debit cards. Try […]

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First Skyscrapers, Now Carboard Boxes and Mini-Skirts

A week ago, I warned you about the skyscraper index: As more cloud-hugging buildings are built, the economy goes the other direction, down, in other words. Now, here are a couple of more useful, or maybe useless, indices. The first one is the cardboard box index, reportedly a favorite of ex-Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan, creator […]

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A Trillion Here, a Trillion There, and Pretty Soon We’re Talkin’ Real Money

The federal deficit for 2009 has already surged past the $1-trillion mark, supposedly for the first time in U.S. history, with the passage of the so-called stimulus plan optimistically named the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. But wait, the deficit for 2008, though officially announced as $455 billion, actually topped the trillion mark. […]

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Sleep Safely on Your Money; Forget Banks

A sign of the times, no doubt: A company is now marketing a bed with a safe under your pillow in which to stash your cash and a plasma television at feet’s end for your viewing pleasure. Like Uncle Scrooge, you can now stay home all day and count your dough while watching your favorite […]

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Millennials Sound a Bit Like All of Us

A lot is being written, human resources- and management-wise, about so-called millennials in the workplace, millennials being those born between 1980 and 2000. One respected HR authority whom I routinely read, Susan Heathfield, even offers “Eleven Tips for Managing Millennials.” First, however, she describes the traits of working millennials: “Millennials have a ‘can-do’ attitude about […]

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If You Like EMRs and EHRs, You’ll Love PHRs

I‘m still not clear on the difference between EMRs (electronic medical records) and EHRs (electronic health records), but now we have PHRs (personal health records). At least PHRs I think I understand. Back to the first two: I’ve read where there’s no difference between EMRs and EHRs except that EHR is designed to be more […]

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Mandatory Sick Leave an Employer Burden?

Businesses in Milwaukee are fighting a referendum that mandates up to nine days of paid sick leave for all employees working within the city. Voters overwhelmingly approved the referendum this past November, but last week a coalition of business owners got a court to slap a restraining order on its implementation. The measure will be […]

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