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Reinstatement of coal miner who tested positive for marijuana upheld

June 7th, 2010

An arbitrator did not exceed her authority when she ordered reinstatement of a coal mine worker who was discharged after testing positive for marijuana used six days before returning to work after a vacation, a federal district court held (Consolidation Coal Co v United Mine Workers Local 9909, No 1:09CV11). On December 8, 2008, Consolidation Coal [Read more...]

Expert provides tips for talking to your employees about dependent coverage under health care reform

June 4th, 2010

Among many other changes to your employee benefits offerings, health care reform laws require employers to cover dependents through age 26. According to experts at Benz Communications, HR needs to get in front of this new rule in a hurry, saying you’ll want to do so before your call center or HR generalists say conflicting [Read more...]

Employer can’t prevent former general manager from working for competitor despite noncompete agreement

June 4th, 2010

A worldwide supplier of musical and audio products failed to persuade a federal judge in Mississippi that it was entitled to enjoin a former general manager from working for a competitor in California, allegedly in violation of the manager’s noncompete agreement (Peavey Electronics Corp v Pinske, no 4:10CV69TSL-LRA). Not only did the former employer fail to [Read more...]

Majority of employers have not adopted automatic features in their 401(k) plans, AARP research shows

June 3rd, 2010

Employers with at least 500 employees remain hesitant to adopt automatic enrollment features in their retirement savings plans and automatically enroll their employees, according to an AARP survey released on June 2. An overwhelming majority of employers—nearly 60 percent—report that they have not adopted automatic enrollment in their 401(k) plans although most are aware of [Read more...]

Physician awarded $3.6 million in Title VII race and religious bias case

June 3rd, 2010

A Texas jury has awarded a Muslim Egyptian physician more than $3.6 million in damages after determining his hospital employer discriminated and retaliated against him because of his race and religion in violation of Title VII, announced the physician’s firm the Aldous Law Firm (Nassar v University of Tex SW Med Ctr at Dallas, no [Read more...]