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BP to pay $50.6 million to resolve DOL litigation stemming from fatal 2005 Texas refinery explosion

August 13th, 2010

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that BP Products North America Inc. will pay a full penalty of $50.6 million stemming from the 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others. The agreement resolves failure-to-abate citations issued after a 2009 follow-up investigation. In addition to paying [Read more...]

Experienced, mature workers to compete with college students for internships this Fall, finds survey

August 12th, 2010

Competition for internships will be stiff this fall, as experienced/mature workers and college students vie for ways to get a foot in the door. Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of employers report that they are seeing experienced workers, those with more than ten years experience, and mature workers, workers age 50 or older, apply for internships [Read more...]

Proposed Florida immigration legislation similar, but even tougher, than Arizona’s law

August 12th, 2010

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, along with Rep. William Snyder and other state legislative leaders, revealed proposed legislation that would curb illegal immigration in Florida, according to the Attorney General’s news release. Under the proposed legislation, law enforcement officers would be required to check suspected illegal immigrants’ status during the course of a lawful stop, [Read more...]

Survey finds three in four employees find their work meaningful

August 11th, 2010

As many as 75 percent of employees find their work to be meaningful, according to a new poll from Right Management. Only 4 percent of employees rarely or never find meaning in what they do. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within Manpower.
The firm conducted the poll in partnership with LinkedIn®and received [Read more...]

Quinn signs law restricting use of credit history in employment

August 11th, 2010

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed the Employee Credit Privacy Act into law. The Act (H.B. 4658) prohibits Illinois employers from discriminating against job seekers or employees based on their credit history. Under the Act, employers in Illinois may not use a person’s credit history to make employment, recruiting, discharge or compensation decisions. The new law [Read more...]