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Most Americans will still consider showing up to work when sick during this year’s cold and flu season, national survey finds

December 17th, 2010

It’s going to take more than a cold or a flu to get between most Americans and their jobs this cold and flu season, according to a new survey by HALLS. The national telephone survey found that most working Americans won’t sacrifice a sick day this year for most cold and flu symptoms, including a cough, [Read more...]

Whistleblower to receive over $11 million as part of DOJ settlement with pharmaceutical companies to resolve allegations of FCA violations

December 17th, 2010

Irish pharmaceutical manufacturer Elan Corporation PLC has agreed to pay $102,890,517 to resolve civil allegations under the False Claims Act (FCA) and related state statutes that the company illegally promoted the drug Zonegran off-label and caused false claims to be submitted to government health care programs for a variety of uses that were not medically [Read more...]

Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway ordered to compensate employee disciplined for reporting work-related injury

December 16th, 2010

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co to pay a Kansas City, Kan.-based employee $95,096, representing back wages, compensatory damages, attorney’s fees and punitive damages, after an agency investigation in the whistleblower case upheld the employee’s allegation that the Ft. Worth, Texas-based railroad issued him a [Read more...]

Companies worldwide view talent as biggest challenge to future growth

December 16th, 2010

As companies worldwide begin to position themselves for future growth in the face of an uncertain economic recovery, a new Towers Watson survey finds that concerns over their ability to attract and retain key talent, or to plan for an orderly replacement of talent, could thwart those efforts. The survey also found significant gaps in [Read more...]

Anticipating improved business performance, employers hold the line on salary and variable pay increases, AON Hewitt reports

December 15th, 2010

A new survey from Aon Hewitt reveals that compensation budgets are likely to remain intact for 2011. Additionally, few companies anticipate having to take drastic actions such as pay freezes to reduce costs. The survey of more than 500 employers found that three-quarters of companies expect to reach or exceed business performance goals this year, [Read more...]