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Tokyo is world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to Mercer’s annual Worldwide Cost of Living Survey; New York drops one spot to 33

June 13th, 2012

Tokyo is the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, pushing Luanda, Angola down to second position, according to Mercer’s latest Cost of Living Survey. Osaka is in third position, up three places from last year, whereas Moscow remains in fourth and Geneva in fifth positions. Singapore and Zurich share sixth place, up two and one [Read more...]

Bill introduced to raise federal minimum wage to $10 an hour

June 12th, 2012

Three Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation on Wednesday, June 6, that would increase the federal minimum wage by almost three dollars, from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.
Sponsored by Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.), the Catching Up to 1968 Act of 2012 (H.R. 5901) would amend the FLSA to both create the increase and to [Read more...]

User forums among five best social media tools for employee benefits communication, experts say

June 12th, 2012

Increasingly HR and benefits managers are turning to social media to enhance their benefits communications. Yet, despite social media’s ease of use and popularity with employees across multiple generations, some companies have yet to use any of the various social media tools available. According to Jennifer Benz, founder and chief strategist of Benz Communications, companies [Read more...]

Almost 2,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees file EEOC pay discrimination charges against retailer

June 11th, 2012

Approximately 2,000 current and former Wal-Mart employees have filed EEOC charges of pay and promotion discrimination against the world’s largest retailer, according to a statement released by their co-counsel, Joseph Sellers of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC. The charges are the latest move against the retailer, and come one year after the U.S. Supreme [Read more...]

Employment law experts address timely issues including summer dress codes, seasonal hires, and child labor

June 11th, 2012

With warm weather and the summer season upon us, the potential for employment law problems heat up in the workplace. From companies operating with unpaid interns to skimpy summer fashion that could prompt sexual harassment claims, employment law experts are helping companies navigate through the unique problems the summer months and warm weather can create. [Read more...]