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Employer Hall of “Fame or Shame”

Published on December 6th, 2012 by Alan L Sklover

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We are saddened to Announce a New Inductee into SkloverWorkingWisdom’s…

Employer Hall of Shame

NBA Commissioner David Stern

Has Commissioner David Stern no shame?
Has Commissioner David Stern no limits?
Has Commissioner David Stern lost his mind?
Or is he simply showing his empty soul?

Last week the Coach of the San Antonio Spurs pro basketball team decided that four of his players had become so exhausted from a very busy travel and game schedule, that it could be a danger to their health and safety to have them play. So, he directed them to take a night off and fly home early, so that they were fully rested the next day. Incidentally, the team members given a day off did not request it. It was the Coach’s idea.

This was in keeping with all previous NBA Owners’ decisions and rules that provide that it is a Coach’s decision whether or not to play certain players.

Commissioner David Stern, though, saw this health and safety precaution as a serious threat to the profits of his league, and fined the team $250,000. Yes, a quarter of a million dollars, for taking simple and reasonable steps to preserve the health and well-being of its employees!

What values does David Stern stand for? What kind of model is he for young people to look upon?

I guess David Stern would rather the team’s players get sick, get injured, or perhaps play badly, so long as the revenues and profits that determine his salary and bonus are not endangered.

NBA Commissioner David Stern:
You make us all ashamed, and you deserve to be booted from your own job for your unmitigated arrogance and greed.

You should be ashamed!! And so should those who employ you!!

Note: We do not attest to the truth of statements we have received, or report, in this space. Readers are advised that we do not opine as to the conduct we here make note of.

© 2012 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

Employer Hall of “Fame or Shame”

Published on July 1st, 2011 by Alan L Sklover

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We are pleased to Announce a New Inductee into SkloverWorkingWisdom’s…

Employer Hall of
“Fame or Shame”

North Shore / LIJ Health System

Every now and then we read or hear of an outstanding example of an Employer acting in a positive, praise-worthy manner, or, sometimes, in a punitive, shame-worthy manner.

Just like employees: they come in both varieties.

Recently when someone very dear to the SkloverWorkingWisdom Family became very ill, we learned that her Employer engages in a very caring and humane employment practice:

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) law, an employee is permitted 12 weeks of unpaid leave in order to help him/her self, or a loved one, recover from an illness. And then the employee is guaranteed his or her job back upon return to work. 

The North Shore / LIJ Health System in New York goes much further: for those with serious illnesses – like our dear friend – they are permitted six months of unpaid leave not just 12 weeks. Then, the employee is not guaranteed the exact same job back, but some job reasonably similar. What good does that do?

First, it enables the continuation of health care coverage at the subsidized employee rate, which can be crucial to a very ill person.

Second, it offers hope to that very ill person, which is in our view the best
medicine in the entire world, regardless of the illness in question.

Third, it is an act of compassion, a symbol of sympathy, an acknowledgement of humanity, when those things are especially needed.

North Shore / LIJ Health System: You make us all proud, and you deserve great thanks and appreciation for this wonderful, helpful policy. 

You inspire!! Hat’s off to you!! We hope more employers act as you do!! Please don’t stop.

Note: We do not attest to the truth of statements we have received, or report, in this space. Readers are advised that we do not opine as to the conduct we here make note of. 

© 2011 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved

Employer Hall of “Fame or Shame”

Published on January 20th, 2011 by Alan L Sklover

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We are pleased to Announce a New Inductee into SkloverWorkingWisdom’s…

Employer Hall of
“Fame or Shame”

Trader Joe’s
Retail Food Stores

Every now and then we read or hear an outstanding example of an Employer acting in a positive, praise-worthy manner, or, sometimes, in a punitive, shame-worthy manner.

Just like employees: they come in both varieties.

Recently we received word from a client who has worked for this company for many years that he had taken sick and had to be out of work for a long time. His employer exhibited a generosity of spirit to him throughout this period, kept his job open to him, and welcomed him back, without reservation. Such laudible conduct deserves public praise.

I traveled to my local Trader Joe’s, and found that others who work there felt likewise.

Hat’s off to you, Trader Joe’s – We should all shop at your stores!!

Note: We do not attest to the truth of statements we have received, or report, in this space. Readers are advised that we do not opine as to the conduct we here make note of. We do not receive, nor would we accept, payment of any kind for these postings.

© 2011 Alan L. Sklover. All Rights Reserved


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