Money Matters

November 03, 2003

Privacy weighed in monitoring work

Two-thirds of human resources professionals said in a survey they've discovered pornography on employee computers. Nearly half of those, 43 percent, said they had found such material more than once.

The poll points to a common employer dilemma: the need to balance employee privacy with electronic monitoring of computer content, said Alexandra Gross, legal editor for Business & Legal Reports, a publisher based in Old Saybrook, Conn.

"One of the most important things employers can do to protect themselves from privacy suits is to reduce employees' expectations of privacy in the first place," she said. "The best way to do that is to articulate a clear policy on electronic monitoring and computer use."

Salaries frequently survive job change

Most people are matching their old salaries when they land a new job, according to a quarterly survey of discharged executives and managers.


Data from the third quarter show 84.4 percent had at least equaled their former salaries, the highest since 91 percent in the second quarter of 2001, according to Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

When the economy was red hot, from 1995 to 2000, the annual average was 90.2 percent, the firm said. But when business turned sour, so did new salaries, and the figure fell to 79.5 percent for the seven quarters ending June 30.

Lawn mowers are recalled

Husqvarna Forest and Garden Co. is recalling 9,900 Husqvarna Royal 53S or ROY53INTEK walk-behind lawn mowers with serial numbers between 24600001 and 31000205.

A loose blade bolt could cause the blade to come loose or the blade adapter to crack, resulting in the blade falling off.

The lawn mowers are gasoline-powered and have an orange body with a black push-handle. They can be operated with or without a bag attachment. The model number and serial number can be found on a decal mounted above the left rear wheel axle.

Contact Husqvarna technical support representatives at 800-448-7543, ext. 3, to receive a free service kit including a new blade adapter, blade bolt and associated hardware with a complimentary blade to be installed by a dealer.

Pier 1 recalls candleholders

Pier 1 Imports is recalling about 65,800 glass candleholders.

The base of the Footed Glass Floater Bowl candleholder can fall off and cause the glass bowl or base to break.

The recalled Footed Glass Floater Bowl candleholder is intended for use with floating candles. It is about 5 1/4 inches in height, with a 9-inch diameter bowl and a 2 1/2-inch diameter base. The price sticker on the bottom of the candleholder reads "SKU 1920833."

Consumers should stop using the candleholder and return it to the store where purchased for a refund or a merchandise credit.

For more information, call Pier 1 Imports at 800-245-4595 (Prompt #5) or visit the firm's Web site at

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