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High Court to hear arguments in USERRA “cat’s paw” case

November 2nd, 2010

The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on November 2, 2010, in Staub v Proctor Hospital (Dkt No 09-400), a USERRA case in which a US Army reservist relied on the “cat’s paw” theory of liability. A jury found in favor of the reservist on his claim that he was discharged from his [Read more...]

According to study, majority of directors believe U.S. company boards have trouble controlling CEO compensation

November 2nd, 2010

PwC U.S.’s Annual Corporate Directors Survey found that directors overwhelmingly believe CEO pay policies could be reformed by such measures as setting minimum stock ownership guidelines, re-evaluating compensation benchmarks and devising realistic peer group comparisons. While recent legislation to reform the financial markets did include several provisions to address executive compensation issues, these concepts were [Read more...]

Women make up more than half the workforce, but account for fewer than 1 in 10 top paid executives among S&P 100, study reveals

November 1st, 2010

According to a 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics study, women may make up more than half the workforce. However, a Calvert Investments study shows that women continue to be significantly underrepresented on corporate boards and in C-level executive positions. Examining the Cracks in the Ceiling: A Survey of Corporate Diversity Practices of the S&P 100 [Read more...]

Advisory letter points the way for proper use of criminal histories in job screening

November 1st, 2010

A US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) informal advisory letter serves as a reminder to employers of the proper role of criminal convictions in employment screening. The recently released letter was issued in response to an inquiry from an individual who suspected that her son’s 1986 conviction for felony possession of marijuana was preventing him [Read more...]

If given the opportunity, CFOs would hand off administrative, accounting and HR tasks

October 29th, 2010

No job is too small for finance executives, a new Robert Half Management Resources survey suggests. But if chief financial officers (CFOs) could get one thing off their plates, it would be administrative tasks. More than one-third (38 percent) of CFOs interviewed said that if they could eliminate one responsibility, it would be basic clerical [Read more...]