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Study reveals headaches cost employers more than $61 billion a year in lost time

October 4th, 2010

Headaches, back pain, arthritis and other aches distract employees and cost companies more than $61 billion a year in lost productive time, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association . For individual companies, the cost is $22,000 a year for a company with 50 workers and $88,000 for a [Read more...]

Government contracts went to companies cited for wage and hour, health and safety violations

October 4th, 2010

The GAO issued a report showing that, in 2009, the federal government gave contracts to companies that, between 2005 and 2009, had been cited for wage and health and safety violations by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The GAO reports that 25 of [Read more...]

SHRM poll reveals employees want healthy food options at work

October 1st, 2010

Forty percent of employers have policies or practices promoting healthy food at work, and employees overwhelmingly like healthy food options, a new Society for Human Resource Management poll shows.
Almost all surveyed (97 percent) said their employees responded “favorably or “very favorably” to efforts to promote wholesome food and drink options at work and work-related functions.
“The [Read more...]

Sodexo employees across U.S. vote to authorize strike

October 1st, 2010

Cafeteria workers employed by Sodexo across the U.S. have, over the last five days, voted to authorize a strike action, according to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which has been struggling to organize Sodexo’s employees. The union says that cafeteria workers at Ohio State Univeristy, Tulane University, Morehouse College, Loyola University New Orleans, Ohio’s [Read more...]

Abercrombie & Fitch to pay $1 million fine after I-9 audit

September 30th, 2010

One more indication that the immigration enforcement environment has intensified is clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s agreement to pay a fine of more than $1 million for violations of the Immigration and Nationality Act related to its obligation to verify the employment eligibility of its workers.
A Form I-9 inspection of Abercrombie & Fitch’s retail stores [Read more...]