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New agreement between DOL and Puerto Rico Dep’t of Labor and Human Resources aims at higher compliance with labor laws

October 18th, 2010

A new partnership agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources will help to ensure that Puerto Rican employers comply with federal and commonwealth labor law. The agreement provides for joint investigations between the agencies into the regulated employer community in the [Read more...]

Report highlights top five things high-performing companies are getting right about HR

October 18th, 2010

Companies are taking dramatically different approaches to workforce issues as they struggle to emerge from the global recession, with major gaps emerging between leaders and laggards. In fact, higher-performing companies manage human resources (HR) in a radically different way, treating the function as a strategic partner, while laggards continue to concentrate on cutbacks. Those are [Read more...]

Three out of 10 health care workers opt out of flu vaccination

October 15th, 2010

A new Consumer Reports Health poll reveals a disconcerting proportion of “at risk”  groups who will not get the flu vaccine this year. Of most concern, only 40 percent of Americans in the “work risk” category—meaning those who care for young children and those who work in residential nursing homes, hospitals, and other health care environments—said [Read more...]

Court hears oral arguments on whether verbal complaint by employee alerted employer that he was asserting protected conduct under FLSA’s anti-retaliation provision

October 15th, 2010

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in its review of a Seventh Circuit ruling that held that an employee who made a verbal complaint did not engage in protected conduct under the FLSA’s anti-retaliation provision (Kasten v Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corporation, Dkt No. 09-834 October 13, 2010). In the petition for cert, the employee [Read more...]

Shooting victim’s widow not entitled to death benefits under Tennessee’s workers’ compensation law

October 14th, 2010

The widow of an employee who was the victim of an unsolved fatal shooting on an employer’s premises was not entitled to death benefits under Tennessee’s workers’ compensation law, the Tennessee Supreme Court decided in a 3-1 decision filed. The trial court properly concluded that the employee’s death was the result of a neutral assault, [Read more...]