Money matters

August 08, 2004

Workers feel safer from harassment

Our work environments may be safer from sexual harassment than they were a decade ago, employees in a recent poll said. The reason is that employers have become attuned to training and litigation.

Nearly a third of workers said their work is "significantly safer" these days and 49 percent said it was "somewhat safer."

Only 14 percent said there had been no change, according to the survey by Business and Legal Reports Inc., a compliance publisher based in Old Saybrook, Conn. The company also operates a Web site for human resource professionals.

Poll: Firms may lose women, minorities

Rare is the American company not striving to improve the diversity of its work force in recent years.


Yet as the job market improves, nearly half of executives (47 percent) say they fear their companies will see significant departures of women and minority employees. Only 29 percent of 1,780 senior diversity and human resource executives said women and minority workers are no more or less likely to leave than they were during the recession.

A quarter of the executives said their retention efforts for women and minorities have been ineffective, and almost half described those efforts as only somewhat effective.

Company recalls eyelash curlers

The W.E. Bassett Co. is recalling 220,000 eyelash curlers.

The plastic handles can detach and cause consumers to lose their grip, resulting in injuries to the eyes and face.

The "Frosted Grip" eyelash curlers have pink plastic handles and are sold with a rubber refill pad. The eyelash curlers were sold under various brand names, including TRIM and Salon Plus. Item numbers involved in the recall include 5-87B (sold at Wal-Mart, CVS and Shopko), 5-87RA (sold at Rite Aid) and 5-87S (sold at Kroger).

Consumers should stop using these eyelash curlers immediately and contact the W.E. Bassett Co. for a prepaid mailer to return the eyelash curler for a free replacement plus a $5-off coupon toward any TRIM product.

For more information, consumers may call the W.E. Bassett Co. at 877-929-1933 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit its Web site at

Bicycle helmets recalled by firms

Mackarl Enterprises Inc. and KHS Bicycles Inc. are recalling 4,600 DBX Engage (VT-3), DBX Ravage (FX-2) and Geartec ESPY bicycle helmets.

The helmets may not meet Consumer Product Safety Commission safety regulations for helmets, which poses a risk of a rider sustaining a serious head injury if he or she falls from a bicycle.

The recalled Geartec ESPY and FX-2 (DBX Ravage) model helmets come in carbon yellow, silver or blue and have a carbon fiber graphic on the front to middle part of the helmet. The recalled VT-3 (DBX Engage) model helmets come in either blue/silver/black, red/yellow/black or silver and black.

For more information, consumers may call Mackarl at 866-432-7832, ext. 195, between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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