Readers Respond: Working on Sunday
An article about a lawsuit over religious discrimination and Sunday hours led to the following reader letters:
“If I am an applicant seeking a job from a business that is open seven days a week, and I firmly believe that working on Sunday or Saturday would conflict with my religious beliefs I have two options:
“1. Apply elsewhere. This is America. You get to choose where you want to apply for a job. Apply at a workplace that is open Monday through Friday.
“2. Be upfront to the selecting manager that you are not available on Saturday (for Sabbath) or on Sunday. The employer can then decide if your schedule will fit into the current pool of employees.
“This is similar to working around a college student’s school schedule. It isn’t personal or religious bias, it is simply what makes you a better applicant than the next person. The applicant might shine in the interview, have all of the criteria you are looking for and the Sunday’s off might not matter. However if two people are similar in qualifications, the availability factor will come into play and the individual has chosen to limit his or her qualifications for the job."
— Paul Rodriguez
Hayward So You Can Build
Santa Maria, Calif.
"If at the hiring, the candidate is told that Sunday work is expected, I see no problem for the retailer. They have to be upfront with it, and they may have to have them sign a statement for further protection.
“If the candidate states he/she cannot work on Sundays, well guess what, you tell them the application will be kept on file.
“On a personal note, I do believe all retail stores should close on Sunday so we may, if we want, attend the church of our choice.
“Just think how much gas could be saved by that one day.”
— Name withheld
Very well said Paul, I
Very well said Paul, I couldn't agree more. At our store we are very upfront about weekend hours in job postings, descriptions, and interviews. If there is any conflicts, we will try to be accomadating when possible, but if it comes down to 2 or 3 equally qualified candidates and one is not available for weekends then my choice is the person who is available for the hours/days I need them. Its not my choice, but being open 7 days a week is necessary in today's 24/7 world.
In response to:
In response to: “On a personal note, I do believe all retail stores should close on Sunday so we may, if we want, attend the church of our choice." Sunday is not the only day churches have services. Should retail stores be closed every day that churches have services?
Kobalt adds power to its lineup
The Lowe’s brand Kobalt announced the addition of 18-volt and corded power tools to its line.
The new line of cordless tools also ensure that power will never be a problem for users, as all Kobalt 18V tools are compatible with both Kobalt lithium-ion, as well as nickel cadmium (NiCd) batteries.
The new line of 18-volt Kobalt Power Tools includes Kobalt 18-volt Cordless Combo Kits (Complete with drill/driver, reciprocating saw, circular saw and LED worklight.), the 18-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit (Item #325928, $269) and the 18-Volt NiCd Cordless Combo Kit (Item #325916, $169).
Kobalt 18-volt Cordless Accessories are the Lithium-Ion/NiCd Charger, Compact Lithium-Ion Battery, Extended Run Lithium-Ion Battery and NiCd Battery.
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Simpson names new chairman, CEO
Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Manufacturing has appointed Tom Fitzmyers as its new chairman. Fitzmyers has been with Simpson since 1978 and has led the company in the role of CEO since it went public in 1994. Barclay Simpson, who founded the company more than 50 years ago, will assume the position of chairman emeritus.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am to have Tom Fitzmyers step into the role of chairman. Tom is largely responsible for our success over the years, and this move is more than well deserved. I have never been more excited about the future of our company,” said Simpson, who will continue to be a board member.
In addition, the company has announced that Karen Colonias will assume Fitzmyers’ role as president and CEO. Colonias was most recently CFO of Simpson. In her 27-year history with the company, she has held a number of positions, including engineering manager, VP engineering, and VP and branch manager of one of the company’s largest profit centers.
Terry Kingsfather will continue as president and CEO of Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Kingsfather has been with the company for 32 years and will continue to lead the sales and marketing efforts.
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