No. 79 SPRING 1998

Additional Issues:

Fall 1997 - #77
Winter 1997-98 - #78

 

What   Is   Going  On
In Human Resources



WIGO is issued quarterly and mailed gratis to clients, friends and interested readers. What you see here is the material sorted through by WIGO editors - Bill Groenekamp and Ed White. It is a microcosm of the material we see. Our purpose is to highlight the tip of the iceberg - spark your interest and to respond to inquiries received from those seeking further details. If there are subjects you'd like to hear about or on which tracking is indicated, let us know. WIGO is responsive to what is going on out there.


 DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS:  John C. Duncan, was appointed as Director of the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR).  Mr. Duncan had been the Acting Director of DIR since June, 1997.  He had held the position of Chief Deputy Director since mid-1995.  He was DIR's Deputy Director for Communications from 1991-1995.

Prior to joining DIR, John served 8 years at the Department of Defense and during those years was special assistant and speechwriter for Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.  He has also served as special assistant to the Deputy  Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asian Affairs.  He left the Pentagon in 1987 and continued working for Caspar Weinberg at the law firm.

John has his Bachelor's degree in Asian History from UC, Berkeley and his Master's in Government from Harvard. (Source: Alert, Newsletter of the California Chamber of Commerce, 2/6/98)

CALIFORNIA OVERTIME PAY: You'll recall that the Industrial Welfare
Commission eliminated daily overtime for employers under Wage Orders 1, 4, 5, 7 & 9.  (WIGO-Holiday Issue 1997).  This repeal of mandatory overtime for nonunion members working more than eight hours a day has been upheld by the 1st. District Court of Appeals.  This was a 3-0 ruling. (Source: Los Angeles Times 5/8/98)

POSTERS: Would you believe there are 13 required posters for the employer to display?  They are free for the asking at the Department of Industrial Relations or, perhaps a more convenient source, contact the California Chamber of Commerce (800-331-8877) and order a package - $12.50 plus tax and shipping.  (Source: "Alert" Newsletter, California Chamber of Commerce .
3/13/98)

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING: Interesting statistic: Only one-fourth of private sector unions certified in 1996 were able to reach agreements on first contracts within that 12-month period says the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS).   (Source: BNA Daily Labor Report 11/3/97 via the Industrial Relations Center, University of Hawaii, Nov.-. Dec. 1997)

NLRB ELECTIONS - HAWAII:  During the last 6 months of 1997, there were 19 NLRB representation elections held in Hawaii.  13 - No Union; 6 resulted in preference for AFL/CIO representation.  1,051 employees were eligible to vote.  Incidentally, the Center has published a study of the activity scheduled for 1998 as to collective bargaining agreements - 786 - covering 18,900 workers.  (Source: Industrial Relations Center Newsletter, University of Hawaii, Jan.-Feb., 1998)

TIPP (Targeted Industries Partnership Program): The TIPP enterprise
previously reported in WIGO, Holiday Issue, 1993, continues in high gear. A 2-day sweep of 46 San Diego restaurants resulted in $243,950 in penalty assessments issued for labor law violations and some $67,380 for work place safety and health violations.

John C. Duncan, Director of DIR tells us that in 1996 over one-fourth of the 44,000 claims for unpaid wages processed by the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement were filed by employees of the restaurant industry.
Background on TIPP - Created some 5 years ago to deter violations in the garment and agriculture industries.  (Source: DIR News Release 4/3/98)

MINIMUM WAGE: California's Minimum Wage increased to $5.75, effective March

1.  This is the second step of a two-step increase resulting from voter approval of Proposition 210 in 1996.  (Source: DIR News Release 2/24/98) CAL/OSHA: Two of the most frequently cited sections (standards) violated are IIPP (Industry and Illness Prevention Program) and the Hazard Communication Program.  CAL/OSHA inspectors are required to examine every employer's IIPP when they inspect a workplace.  A total of 2,133 citations were issued for alleged violations of the IIPP program (section 3203) in 1996 - per CAL/OSHA statistics just released.  (Source: "Alert" Newsletter, California Chamber of Commerce, 3/20/98)
 

APPOINTMENTS:
NLRB:  The US Senate confirmed President Clinton's nomination of 4 members of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) giving the Board a full complement of five members - first time since August, 1995.  The four are: Democrats - Sarah McCracken Fox, who had been serving as a recess appointee and is a former labor counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy; William B. Liebman, Deputy Director of FMCS since 1995; Republicans: J. Robert Brame, an attorney in Charlottesville, VA. and Peter J. Hurgen, an attorney from Miami.  William B. Gould serves as Chair.  His term expires 8/27/99. (Source: Industrial Relations Center - Newsletter, University of Hawaii, Nov.-Dec. 1997)

UNEMPLOYMENT/WORKERS COMPENSATION:  The Board of Directors of UWC (the organization which furnishes WIGO and others valuable current information on Unemployment and Workers' Compensation matters throughout the country) have elected Vince Ciccia (AT&T) to succeed Mike Gwartney (Boise Cascade) as chairman.  Mr. Gwartney was in that position 6 years.

CALIFORNIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:  Effective January 1, 1998, Kirk West, President and CEO of the Chamber has retired from that post after 12 years of service.  His successor: Allan Zaremberg (WIGO, Holiday Issue, 1997). (Source: "Alert", California Chamber of Commerce, 12/19/97)

FAIR EMPLOYMENT & HOUSING COMMISSION (FEHC):  Theron E. Johnson has been appointed as a Commissioner to FEHC.  Michael M. Johnson has been appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court.  He attended his last meeting as a Commissioner of FEHC December 9, 1997. (Source: FEHC Newsletter, 11/5/97
and 12/9/97)

SOME PREVIOUS COPIES of WIGO can be found on Bill's Web Page.
HUMOR:  WIGO is not noted for its humor, but the following, author not known, appeared in the current issue of the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) Newsletter (Editor - Gary Larson) is too good to pass by:

As you are aware, ships have long been characterized as being female (e.g. "Steady as she goes" or "She's listing to starboard, Captain!").  Recently, a group of computer scientists (all males) announced that, computers should also be referred to as being female.  Their reasons for drawing this conclusion are as follows:

No one but the Creator understands their internal logic. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else.

The message "Bad command or file name" is about as informative as, "If you don't know why I'm mad at you, then I'm certainly not going to tell you."

Even your smallest mistakes are stored in long-term memory for later retrieval. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

However, another group of computer scientists (all female) thinks that computers should be referred to as if they were male,  Their reasons are as follows:

They have a kit of data, but are still clueless. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time, they ARE the problem.
As soon as you commit to one you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have obtained a better model. In order to get their attention, you have to turn them on. Big power surges knock them out for the rest of the night.


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