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SEIU-UHW trusteeship now presumed invalid under federal law

August 2nd, 2010

Nine members of SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West have filed a lawsuit against SEIU International and Trustees Dave Regan and Eliseo Medina for refusing to hold elections to return control of the local union to its members.
Federal law gives national unions the power to take control of local unions and put themselves in charge for 18 [Read more...]

Expert provides five tips for fighting back against FMLA abuse

August 2nd, 2010

It’s only a small number of employees who take advantage of family and medical leave—estimates put it between five and 10 percent of the workforce—but because they keep taking leave over and over again, in any and every way they can, the costs add up in terms of the price of temporary help, lost productivity, [Read more...]

Expert discusses when NOT to call your employment lawyer

July 30th, 2010

Let’s face it, calling in legal counsel costs money that HR would rather not spend, particularly in these belt-tightening times. But is the risk too great not to call for legal help?  Jim Thelen helped attendees at the SHRM annual conference with the thought process in deciding when HR doesn’t need to call their employment [Read more...]

Schwarzenegger vetoes agricultural worker overtime bill

July 30th, 2010

Legislation that would have mandated paying California’s agricultural workers overtime for work over eight hours in a workday and over 40 hours in a workweek was vetoed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. California’s overtime law generally requires employers to compensate employees for overtime hours worked in excess of 8 hours in a workday or 40 hours [Read more...]

Study highlights importance of employee civility as customers are less tolerant of employee rudeness than incompetence

July 29th, 2010

Rude behavior among employees can negatively affect consumer perceptions–even when the incivility isn’t directed at the customer, reveals new research from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. Across a range of industries, including restaurants, banks, government offices, retail stores and universities, consumers frequently report seeing employees behaving badly toward other employees, including [Read more...]