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Kansas seeks to join lawsuit challenging constitutionality of health care reform act; Montana legislature also acts to oppose

January 14th, 2011

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt sent a letter to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asking that Kansas be allowed to join the multistate lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the health care reform legislation signed into law last March by President Barack Obama.
“This lawsuit is about standing up [Read more...]

With falls the most common reason people seek emergency service, employers are encouraged to warn employees about slippery floors

January 13th, 2011

Frigid weather and sloppy precipitation are enough to send even the calmest person racing to find shelter. Combine the climate with busy schedules and you have a recipe for danger during the slippery season. “Even shiny, clean floors can become as slick as ice when moisture and grime are tracked in by employees and customers,” [Read more...]

Agency recovers over $1 million in back wages from federal contractor

January 13th, 2011

Following an investigation by the Wage and Hour Division into alleged violations of the Service Contact Act (SCA), the DOL has recovered over $1 million in back wages and fringe benefits for 140 employees of a federal contractor. The employer, a bus transportation company, entered into a contract with the Transportation Security Administration to provide [Read more...]

Agency saw dramatic increase in workplace discrimination filings in 2010

January 12th, 2011

Fiscal year (FY) 2010 saw a dramatic increase in private sector workplace discrimination charge filings, the EEOC announced. There were 99,922 charges filed across the country with the agency in FY 2010, but despite that increase, the agency claims to have “dramatically slowed” the expansion of its charge inventory. This reduction resulted in the fiscal [Read more...]

Study reveals 18 percent fewer US companies plan to hire working mothers in 2011

January 12th, 2011

Only 28 percent of US firms declare they plan to hire working mothers in 2011, as compared to 46 percent a year ago. This is a worrying development for equal employment opportunities across the globe, according to Regus, the flexible workspace solutions provider that commissioned the study. US firms also plan to hire fewer working [Read more...]