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White House endorses Kerry plan to crack down on employee misclassification

September 17th, 2010

The White House has endorsed legislation introduced by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Representative Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) in the Senate and House respectively, aimed at protecting workers from the negative effects of employee misclassification. The Fair Playing Field Act of 2010 will end the tax loophole that currently allows for workers to be misclassified as [Read more...]

Employers assessing salary programs for affordability and competitiveness, Mercer survey shows

September 16th, 2010

As economic indicators slowly climb upward, organizations are beginning to assess the impact that two years of salary freezes and limited pay increase budgets had on their base salary programs. While most organizations have a formal base salary program in place, more than one-third (38 percent) has reviewed their program’s design this year, according to [Read more...]

Institute for a Drug-Free Workplace takes strong stand against California initiative to legalize marijuana

September 16th, 2010

On November 2, Californians will vote on Proposition 19, the Regulate, Control and Tax Cannabis Act of 2010, a marijuana legalization ballot initiative that would make it legal for anyone 21 or older to possess, share, or transport up to an ounce of marijuana for personal use and to grow up to 25 square feet [Read more...]

Harley Davidson and unions agree to contract, keeping motorcycle company in Wisconsin

September 15th, 2010

The motorcycle manufacturer, Harley-Davidson, Inc, has agreed to new, seven-year contracts with its employees represented by the United Steel Workers (USW) and International Association of Machinists employed at factories in Wisconsin. The international union said that the new contracts, agreed to by two separate locals, will offer higher wages, and will safeguarding medical benefits. Additionally, [Read more...]

Increased hiring likely in legal field through end of 2010

September 15th, 2010

The final quarter of 2010 is likely to see increased business confidence and continued legal hiring, according to a new survey by The Robert Half Legal Hiring Index. Twenty-nine percent of lawyers interviewed for the survey expect to add legal jobs, while only six percent of those polled anticipate declines, a net 23 percent increase [Read more...]