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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...]

HR central to organizations’ sustainability efforts, according to SHRM report

April 15th, 2011

Almost three-fourths of organizations (72 percent) report engaging in sustainable workplace or business practices, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) said in announcing the results of a survey conducted in partnership with San Francisco-based consulting companies Aurosoorya and Business for Social Responsibility. The survey report Advancing Sustainability: HR’s Role examines the role of human [Read more...]

Time spent by meat processing workers donning/doffing PPE was properly excluded from paid workday; claim for compensability of walking time, waiting time goes forward

April 14th, 2011

Because the personal protective equipment (PPE) worn by workers at a beef processing plant constitutes “clothes” within the meaning of the FLSA, the time spent by the workers in the pre- and post-shift donning and doffing of the equipment was properly excluded by their employer from their paid workday pursuant to the terms of their [Read more...]