Who should decide leave policies?
There are two responses in the July 1999 "Forum" column regarding offering bereavement leave to gay employees. ("A little on leaves..."). These responses, as well as your original article, are setting companies up for major problems.
There are two responses in the July 1999 "Forum" column regarding offering bereavement leave to gay employees. ("A little on leaves...").
These responses, as well as your original article, are setting companies up for major problems. Plant engineers must learn when to make the call themselves and when to ask HR. In this case, they're stepping way past their boundaries and are effectively implementing new policies which may conflict with corporate policies.
Giving bereavement leave to gay employees effectively acknowledges that their partners are entitled to the same benefits as spouses. That step means they would also be entitled to medical benefits. The cost of this action could be huge.
While I agree that companies should offer this type of benefit to life partners, that's a decision for corporate executives and HR to make -- not the plant engineer.
Please warn your readers about the potential for problems that they're creating if they start making benefit decisions on their own. -- Joe Ragosta, Graver Technologies, Glasgow, DE
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey