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Dodd-Frank Act requires Office of Minority and Women Inclusion for covered agencies

August 16th, 2010

Tucked within the broad package of financial industry reforms contained in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act(H.R. 4173 / Public Law 111-203) is a provision that mandates that each covered governmental agency establish an Office of Minority and Women Inclusion (OMWI) to “be responsible for all agency matters relating to diversity in [Read more...]

Court grants final approval in $85 million Wal-Mart wage and hour settlement, as appeals court dismisses objection

August 16th, 2010

Over three million Wal-Mart hourly employees who worked in 30 states have received final approval of an $85 million dollar settlement after the Ninth Circuit dismissed an objection to the settlement, which had been preliminarily approved last November by Judge Phillip Pro of the US District Court for the District of Nevada. (Pro gave final [Read more...]

SHRM expects August 2010 hiring to inch up and layoffs to fall to three-year low

August 13th, 2010

August job growth will show small gains over last year while the layoff rate will drop to a three-year low according to a monthly survey of human resource professionals at more than 1,000 companies across the country. The Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report, which includes the only [Read more...]

BP to pay $50.6 million to resolve DOL litigation stemming from fatal 2005 Texas refinery explosion

August 13th, 2010

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that BP Products North America Inc. will pay a full penalty of $50.6 million stemming from the 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others. The agreement resolves failure-to-abate citations issued after a 2009 follow-up investigation. In addition to paying [Read more...]

Experienced, mature workers to compete with college students for internships this Fall, finds survey

August 12th, 2010

Competition for internships will be stiff this fall, as experienced/mature workers and college students vie for ways to get a foot in the door. Nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of employers report that they are seeing experienced workers, those with more than ten years experience, and mature workers, workers age 50 or older, apply for internships [Read more...]