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Delaware governor signs legislation restricting drivers’ cell phone use

July 14th, 2010

Delaware has became the next state to restrict cell phone use while driving. Governor Jack Markell (D) signed legislation requiring motorists to use a hands-free device while driving. Sponsored by Rep. Darryl M. Scott, House Substitute 1 for House Bill 229 takes effect January 2, 2011. The comprehensive statewide restriction requires drivers to use a [Read more...]

Study shows anonymous whistleblowers less likely to be believed

July 13th, 2010

According to a new study, corporate directors, who are ultimately responsible for internal whistleblowing systems, often do not take action at all regarding anonymous allegations, even when the allegation involves very serious accounting breaches. However, if an identical non-anonymous allegation surfaces, audit committees often launch into action and the corporate director allocates significant resources to [Read more...]

NELP reports on model state hiring initiatives to reduce barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records

July 13th, 2010

Nationwide, over 20 cities and counties – six more just in the past year – have taken steps to reduce barriers to employment for individuals with criminal records, reports the National Employment Law Project (NELP). Several states have now followed suit, building on the successful track record of the local hiring initiatives. These local hiring initiatives [Read more...]

Toll of stress impacting health care costs, absenteeism and workplace safety, according to survey

July 12th, 2010

Employers understand the detrimental effects stress is having on their organizations, and are responding with multiple strategies to help workers cope, a recent survey by Buck Consultants indicates.
The survey, “Stress in the Workplace,” identifies the areas most affected by stress and the strategies employed by organizations to reduce stress for their workers. The research was [Read more...]

Immigration-related pattern or practice bias suit filed against Georgia rug manufacturer and seller

July 12th, 2010

The DOJ filed suit against Garland Sales Inc, a rug manufacturer and seller located in Dalton, Georgia, alleging it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and discriminatory hurdles to employment for work-authorized individuals.
According to the DOJ findings, Garland required all non-US citizen applicants to present certain work authorization documents. The [Read more...]