Archive for May, 2012

Q & A: Labour Disputes, Work Stoppages and Other Topics

May 30th, 2012 Comments off

AFI, by way of Insights Under Two, has released the first of several Q & A videos that will field questions that our experts are asked on a regular basis.  Questions like ‘How many security guards are required for a labour dispute, ‘Why is a court injunction so important during a labour dispute’, What are the rights of picketers during a strike’, ‘Can a company operate during a labour dispute’ and several more.

These short video clips allow for a viewer to quickly obtain answers they may have leading up to a labour dispute prior to contracting strike security and contingency planning services.  I’d encourage anyone approaching a potential work stoppage to contact AFI for a Free Contingency Planning Guide at least three to six months out – as Jim Rovers discusses in the clip ‘How soon should a company prepare for a work stoppage’.

There are also videos related to investigations coming soon.

Videos can be watched here.

IMAC Helps Keep Businesses Operating During Unanticipated Disruption

May 25th, 2012 Comments off

By: Ohio Chamber of Commerce

When the International Management Assistance Corporation was founded in Marietta, Ohio, in 1983, it offered only support and security services for companies that were experiencing a labor dispute. Whatever the challenge was, from protecting assets to protecting executives, IMAC could handle it.

Over time, the company has expanded and in addition to its original premise, has become a turnkey operation to help a company that is facing any type of business impact — whether it is a natural disaster, industrial accident, plant closure or temporary labor service.

But one matter that hasn’t changed is the company’s home state. IMAC is located and headquartered in Strongsville, Ohio.

“We are trying to drive the kind of ‘buy Ohio’ initiative needed and keep the money in the state of Ohio,” says Senior Vice President Joseph Schollaert.

Customers, though, come from across the globe. More than 5,000 have been assisted since the company was founded.

“We’ve also just recently launched IMAC Global, which provides our services in South America and Mexico,” Schollaert says. “We also have a Canadian operation, AFI International, that is headquartered in Toronto and handles any Canadian work for customers.”

As for the majority of IMAC’s customers, they come from the manufacturing sector. A number are Fortune 100 companies, but IMAC serves both small and large clients.

“A company can contract with us on a per-event basis or have a North American agreement that covers multiple locations where they could engage our services based upon a specific event,” he says. “Our efforts have helped these companies prepare for business disruptions caused by labor disputes that threaten to shut down daily operations, potentially forever.”

IMAC can provide mobile kitchens, dormitory units, shower units and laundry facilities. “We have the capabilities to prepare meals — we have prepared meals for not only labor dispute situations but also natural disasters and environmental situations,” he says.

One of the added values of working with the company is it follows trends and reports them to clients so they can better know what issues may be ahead.

“We as an organization have to understand the needs of our customers and what is driving them for the next two to five years down the road — for instance, what legislative items are out there that are going to impact our customers,” Schollaert says. “This is one of the best ways for us to stay in tune with what is happening, not only in the state but with our clients, and help develop proactive solutions. And with that, we also are able to provide the Ohio Chamber with an additional resource for their members by being a member.”

As a member of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, a company will receive preferred pricing from IMAC.

Another of the core services IMAC offers is supplying temporary workers to assist during an event.

“We can provide an organization that might be experiencing some type of business interruption and/ or temporary production spike with workers to continue to operate their facility — skilled trades as well as unskilled personnel,” Schollaert says. “There is a shortage right now for skilled trades, and we’ve got a large database of personnel that we have accumulated over the past 27-plus years.”

In addition, about a year ago, IMAC started offering physical and online training.

“We have an online training site that is geared toward security and human resources professionals that hosts a myriad of different topics,” Schollaert says. “About 30 different training modules are on our online training academy where someone can log on, purchase the online training module and take it at their own pace. They also get continuing education credits for completion of those modules as well as certification once they have completed the training.”

Workplace Safety, Health & Wellness Symposium – Claims Management, Fraud and Your Bottom Line: The Real Cost of Risk

May 22nd, 2012 Comments off

As a Gold Partner of the EAC and CME symposium on Workplace Safety, Health & Wellness – Claims Management, Fraud and Your Bottom Line: The Real Cost of Risk, AFI would like to invite and offer you a promo code to receive a discount.

Desmond Taljaard of AFI will also be in attendance and presenting Factors to Consider When Investigating Claims of Workplace Injuries

Please find further information here or contact to have a brochure emailed to you.

To register simply click this link and enter promo code “afipromo” in small letters and you will receive the member price of $275 before June 1st and $325 after June 1st.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Workplace Violence

May 17th, 2012 Comments off

An excellent article on workplace violence.  While the article references three of the top industries, the excerpt I’ve inserted below clearly shows that no one industry is immune to workplace violence if there are one of the four components involved – criminal, customer of client, co-worker, domestic violence

Workplace Violence: A Scourge Across Diverse Industries

By Laura Scott, Esq.

Security Magazine


Read full article here…

Although certain industries attract more than their share of workplace violence, its characteristics affect every sector of business. The hazard has been defined by the Department of Labor as “violent acts directed towards a person at work or on duty.” There need not be actual physical contact: it can include threats of assault, harassment, intimidation or bullying.  So the Department’s classifications of workplace violence situations apply pretty well universally:

•  Criminal: The perpetrator has no legitimate relationship to the workplace or its employee and essentially is committing a crime in conjunction with the violence (i.e. robbery).

•  Customer or Client: The perpetrator has a legitimate relationship with the business and becomes violent while being served (ie. customers, clients, patients, students, inmates, etc).

•  Co-Worker: The perpetrator is an employee or past employee of the business and attacks or threatens another employee.

•  Domestic Violence: The perpetrator, who has no legitimate relationship with the business but has a relationship with the intended victim, threatens or assaults the intended victim at the workplace.

Read full article here…

IMAC Conference in Arizona

May 16th, 2012 Comments off

The IMAC conference from May 10-11th in Arizona was a tremendous success.  The itinerary looked promising, and the expert speakers delivered on that expectation.

  • Jack Toner had an extremely informative presentation on the NLRB
  • Richard Levick was energizing speaking on public relations and crisis communications
  • Joe Schollaert from IMAC uncovered some excellent points of consideration discussing how to prepare for a strike
  • Dr. Michael Corcoran delivered a wealth of information on workplace violence considerations
  • Steve Cabot relayed some great real examples to illustrate his topic of employers rights
  • Michael Sherrard pulled some references from each of the other topics to wrap the conference up nicely with his topic of the globalization of unions

It was an excellent learning experience and the participation of all is greatly appreciated.

I’m already looking forward to next year.

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