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DOL announces final rule on H-2B guest-worker program tightening restrictions on hiring and treatment of guest workers

February 14th, 2012

Under a final rule, scheduled to be published in the February 21 edition of the Federal Register, the use of foreign guest-workers in the United States would be more heavily regulated, the guest workers themselves would be afforded far greater protections and U.S. workers would have greater access to jobs currently performed by guest workers. [Read more...]

Five percent of Americans would divorce spouse in order to telecommute

February 14th, 2012

Most Americans believe that more people want the option to telecommute (62 percent) with an overwhelming percentage (83 percent) believing that telecommuting is on the rise. This is according to a survey of over 2,500 American adults in January by Harris Interactive on behalf of TeamViewer®. Specifically, the survey found that Americans believe:

Smartphones and tablets [Read more...]

Wage and Hour Division and California enter into MOU regarding employer misclassification

February 13th, 2012

The DOL has announced that Nancy J. Leppink, Deputy Administrator of the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division, and California Secretary of Labor Marty Morgenstern have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) dealing with employee misclassification. This partnership is the 12th of its kind for the DOL and, according to Leppink, the MOUs [Read more...]

EEOC to hold public meeting on pregnancy discrimination

February 13th, 2012

The EEOC has announced that it will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, February 15, discussing discrimination against pregnant workers and workers with care-giving responsibilities. The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room on the First Floor of the EEOC Office Building, 131 “M” Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20507.
The meeting agenda [Read more...]

Bureau of Labor Statistics releases data on work stoppages in 2011

February 10th, 2012

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released its report on labor stoppages in 2011. The BLS reports that 19 major strikes and lockouts occurred over the year.
The work stoppages idled 113,000 workers, accounting for 1.02 million lost workdays in 2011. The numbers represented a large increase over the previous year that saw 11 major work [Read more...]