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Five rules of employee engagement, which experts say is key to wellness program success

June 9th, 2011

Henry Albrecht, CEO of Limeade, Inc., suggests that no matter an employer’s goals for the company wellness program, without employee engagement, the program will fail. “Employee engagement is the holy grail of well-being, health, and productivity programs,” says Albrecht. “Employers that have achieved real returns from wellness programs recognize the role of engagement –not just [Read more...]

National retailer will pay nearly a quarter million dollars to settle EEOC reverse race bias suit

June 8th, 2011

Ohio-based Dots, Inc., a national women’s off-priced clothing retailer, will pay $246,500 and furnish other relief to settle a Title VII reverse race discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an agency statement on June 3, 2011. The commission’s class suit alleged that Dots’ Merrillville, Indiana clothing store denied [Read more...]

Global study reveals most flexible work schedules found in Finland, Sweden and Australia; least flexible in Japan, Greece and Armenia

June 8th, 2011

A global survey of more than 7,700 businesses in 39 countries by global accounting organization Grant Thornton International found Finland, Sweden and Australia are the countries with the highest percentage of companies offering flexible work arrangements, while Japan, Greece and Armenia are the lowest.
In the past year, countries with the highest percentage of companies allowing [Read more...]

High Court’s ruling on mandatory E-Verify use may spawn more problems as states follow Arizona’s lead

June 7th, 2011

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) is not preempted by federal law may give rise to significant challenges should states follow suit by requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm workers’ employment eligibility. Increased identity theft, and in some industries, increased costs to consumers, are two [Read more...]

EEOC letter is a lesson on inquiries into illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal histories and financial records

June 7th, 2011

In an informal discussion letter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently gave the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) a lesson on lawful inquiries into applicant and employee illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal histories and financial records – the lesson also provides valuable guidance for private employers.
The recently released letter addresses questions raised [Read more...]