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Incentive plan letter made clear employer’s intent not to be bound; contract claims for commission payments and separation pay properly dismissed

April 19th, 2011

Because an incentive letter made clear that IBM did not intend to enter into an enforceable contract to make incentive payments, a former employee could not succeed on contract or promissory estoppel claims based upon the letter and the incentive plan it outlined, ruled the Tenth Circuit (Geras v Int’l Bus Machs Corp, April 18, [Read more...]

Companies shifting from recovery to growth, but domestic hiring will likely continue to lag, according to Deloitte

April 19th, 2011

Chief financial officers are markedly shifting their focus from cost cutting to revenue growth, but they remain wary of increased hiring at home, according to the results of the Deloitte CFO Signals quarterly survey for the first quarter of 2011. Specifically, the CFOs surveyed said nearly half of their companies’ strategic focus is on revenue [Read more...]

Walmart will pay $440,000 to settle EEOC allegations of national origin harassment at Sam’s Club

April 18th, 2011

Sam’s Club, the wholesale chain store owned and operated by Walmart, will pay $440,000 to settle a Title VII national origin harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an agency statement on April 14, 2011. The suit filed by the commission in May 2009 alleged that at least nine [Read more...]

USCIS issues final rule on employment eligibility verification form

April 18th, 2011

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a final rule that adopts, without change, an interim rule to improve the integrity of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. USCIS received approximately 75 public comments in response to the interim rule, which has been in effect since April 3, 2009.
The main changes made by [Read more...]

Wage-Hour Division’s final rule conforms FLSA regs to statutory amendments; rejects several rule changes originally proposed in 2008

April 15th, 2011

The DOL’s Wage-Hour Division published a final rule on Tuesday, April 5, amending the agency’s Fair Labor Standards Act regulations in order to conform the rules to statutory amendments to the FLSA and Portal to Portal Act dating back to 1974. However, some of the substantive rule revisions initially proposed by the Labor Department under [Read more...]