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New study identifies reward practices’ impact on perceptions of fairness

July 27th, 2011

When it comes to reward fairness, it’s neither total pay nor salary increases that have the biggest impact on employees’ perceptions of fairness. That honor goes to career development opportunities, according to a new research report released by WorldatWork, Hay Group and Loyola University Chicago professor of human resources, Dow Scott, Ph.D. The report, “Reward [Read more...]

FMLA retaliation claim proceeds based on single comment; employee with chronic back problem not regarded as disabled

July 26th, 2011

A nursing assistant’s FMLA retaliation claim survived summary judgment based on a single comment that she was not really terminated for altering a doctor’s note, ruled a federal district court in Pennsylvania (Quinn v Mercy Fitzgerald Hosp, July 22, 2011, DuBois, J). However, her ADA and Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) claims failed under a [Read more...]

Experts list top 7 reasons mergers and acquisitions fail

July 26th, 2011

Mergers and acquisitions are on the rise in 2011, and industry analysts now predict more than $3 trillion in global M&A activity for the year. Too bad most of the deals –by all accounts, a full 70 percent –will fail. The good news? Merging executives can easily avoid some common mistakes, say leadership experts Dennis [Read more...]

Saw mill operator feels sting of “boys will be boys” attitude, pays $900,000 to settle EEOC sex-bias suit

July 25th, 2011

A consent decree under which Mason County Forest Products, which operated a saw and wood planing mill in Shelton, Washington, will pay $900,000 to two female workers in settlement of an EEOC lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination and retaliation has been approved by a federal district court in Washington (EEOC v Mason County Forest [Read more...]

According to study, employers find increase in wellness incentive “most beneficial” element of health reform law

July 25th, 2011

Thirty-seven percent of responding Lockton Benefit Group clients found the increase in employee wellness incentives to be the most beneficial element of the health reform law. Lockton asked the question in a recent survey.
In 2014, employers will be able to offer an incentive of up to 30 percent of an employee’s total healthcare premium, if [Read more...]