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SHRM poll reveals half of employers conduct drug tests on final job candidates

September 9th, 2011

More than half of employers (57 percent) conduct drug tests on all job candidates, while only 29 percent do not conduct drug tests on any job candidates, according to a poll released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in collaboration with and commissioned by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA). Most [Read more...]

EEOC letter offers short course on permissible use of criminal histories in hiring

September 8th, 2011

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission treated the U.S. Census Bureau to a short course on lawful inquiries into employment applicants’ criminal histories in a recently released informal discussion letter.
The letter focuses on the Bureau’s form BC-170, Census Employment Inquiry, which is used to gather information from job applicants. The form provides a warning to [Read more...]

Towers Watson says 2012 open enrollment to feature higher employee premiums, new hurdles for incentives, fewer plan options

September 8th, 2011

With open enrollment season about to begin, many employers remain committed to providing employee health care benefits. However, they will continue to shift costs to employees, consolidate plan choices, emphasize account-based plans and require employees to do more in order to receive incentives, according to experts at Towers Watson.
“Unlike the last few years when many [Read more...]

The Scooter Store violated ADA by refusing to give leave of absence to employee with knee injury, EEOC alleges

September 7th, 2011

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a lawsuit alleging that The Scooter Store, a nationwide, Texas-based retailer, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused to accommodate an employee’s request for a temporary leave of absence due to a knee injury and then fired him from its store in Farmingdale, New York.
The [Read more...]

Study finds link between time off work for exercise and increased productivity

September 7th, 2011

Taking time out of the work week for an employee exercise program may lead to increased productivity –despite the reduction in work hours, reports a study in the August Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).
In the study, one group of employees at a [Read more...]