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Workforce Development

Workforce Development June 1, 1998

Do vacation benefits accrue during layoff?

Does your labor agreement clearly answer this question? It's easy to get into semantic disagreements when vacation eligibility is based on "employment.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development May 1, 1998

When is is right to deny an employee’s vacation preference?

Some labor agreements grant workers the vacation of their choice provided the company doesn't have a valid reason for denying it.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development May 1, 1998

Fume hood fans

Adjustable drive fans designed for exhausting corrosive fumes from industrial laboratory hoods are the subject of a 10-p catalog. The publication lists electrical and mechanical specifications, option information, performance charts, and photographs.

By Staff
Workforce Development April 1, 1998

Getting rid of a dud? Take care

Not only is it sometimes difficult to fire an employee who doesn't live up to the mark, it can be costly as well, if the current trend continues.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development April 1, 1998

Quits due to plant closing: Does he get severance pay?

Although it was no big surprise, the announcement of management's decision to shut down the plant 3-mo hence was a hard dish for employees to swallow.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development March 1, 1998

Is overtime work a time-honored precedent?

When a consultant's Productivity and Cost Effectiveness Audit Report for ABC Co. included a suggestion calling for split lunch periods, the crew was up in arms.

By Raymond Dreyfack
Workforce Development March 1, 1998

Labor market strength continues to confound and astound

The nation's unemployment rate remained at 4.7% in January, and job growth far exceeded expectations.

By Staff
Workforce Development February 1, 1998

Using Ultrasonic Instrumentation To Enhance Plant Maintenance

Ultrasonic technology's primary function -- to detect air and gas leaks -- plays a significant role in reducing plant energy costs and is an important part of any plant maintenance program.

By Howard Malm
Workforce Development January 1, 1998

Penetrating oil lasts longer

Aerokroil penetrating oil is available in a 13-oz aerosol can that fits conveniently in a tool box.

By Staff
Workforce Development January 1, 1998

Coping With Proliferating Electronic Cabling

Heavy reliance on electronic communications and a need for flexibility are hallmarks of today's industrial facilities. As a result, engineers must pay careful attention to how electronic communications cabling is routed throughout their plants.

By Janet Stanley; Tim Hill; John Hoffman