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Acting General Counsel carries out threat to file complaint against Arizona over secret ballot amendment, takes criticism for Boeing complaint

May 10th, 2011

The NLRB has announced that Lafe Solomon, the NLRB’s Acting General Counsel, has submitted for filing a complaint in U.S. District Court in Phoenix asking that court to declare that a recently passed constitutional amendment is preempted by the NLRA.
Arizona voters passed a constitutional amendment on November 2, 2010, prohibiting employers from engaging in voluntary [Read more...]

Study reveals decline in employee bonus program offerings

May 10th, 2011

A new WorldatWork study, Bonus Programs and Practices, found that the prevalence of a variety of bonus programs have declined since 2008 and are at approximately the same levels as 2005. In 2010 when the survey was conducted, employers’ use of referral, sign-on, spot and retention bonuses had gone down since the survey began in [Read more...]

Summary judgment granted to class of female correction officer applicants; timed run component of physical fitness test had disparate impact on women

May 9th, 2011

A state’s physical fitness test (PFT) for correction officer applicants, which required a timed 1.5-mile run, violated Title VII because it had a disparate impact on female applicants and was neither job-related nor consistent with business necessity, a federal district court in Connecticut ruled in addressing cross motions for summary judgment on the issue of [Read more...]

Unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent in April

May 9th, 2011

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported May 6. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining.
The number of unemployed persons, at 13.7 million, changed little in April. The unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 to [Read more...]

Annual Mother’s Day survey finds working moms who are sole financial providers earn significantly less than working dads

May 6th, 2011

Although the economic situation is improving for U.S. families, working moms report they are struggling to financially support their families and have quality time at home. More than one-third (35 percent) of working moms and 44 percent of working dads surveyed by CareerBuilder said they are the sole financial provider for their household. Comparing these [Read more...]