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Governance provisions of Dodd-Frank Act mean new roles, responsibilities

August 9th, 2010

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act significantly modifies the roles and responsibilities of companies, boards of directors and shareholders, and requires companies to reexamine and refine their corporate governance practices, according to The Conference Board Governance Center.
“Regulators have increasingly intervened in the management and oversight of public companies embroiled in regulatory issues,” [Read more...]

EEOC warned Census Bureau of likely discrimination, complaint alleges

August 9th, 2010

New evidence in a federal lawsuit shows the US Census Bureau ignored a pointed, detailed warning by the EEOC that its screening process for hiring more than one million temporary census workers could result in massive racial and ethnic discrimination, according to the law firm representing plaintiffs in a putative class action discrimination suit against [Read more...]

Employment law expert discusses risks of talking politics at the office

August 6th, 2010

The start of the 2010 election cycle has brought a new fervor to regional and national politics. The gubernatorial and Senate races at the state level are hotly contested while the national political landscape is changing on a daily basis. Social and political issues such as the Arizona immigration law, the economy, states’ budget crises [Read more...]

HHS withdraws HIPAA security rules over concerns that “harm standard” was not protective enough

August 6th, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services has announced the withdrawal of its interim final regulations addressing security notification for breaches of information that involve protected health information (PHI) subject to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). An interim final rule under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health [Read more...]

Most employers expect to give pay raises next year, Mercer survey finds

August 5th, 2010

Organizations plan to adjust their compensation practices for next year in response to concern over losing top talent after the past year of pay freezes and, for some, signs of economic recovery. According to Mercer’s 2010/2011 US Compensation Planning Survey, more than 98 percent of companies plan to award base pay increases in 2011. Moreover, just [Read more...]