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Non-passage of Paycheck Fairness Act, Dukes ruling puts increased emphasis on OFCCP enforcement initiatives, experts say

November 1st, 2011

Because the Paycheck Fairness Act (PFA) has failed to pass Congress, the current Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Director, Patricia A. Shiu, is extremely important to the White House politically, said John C. Fox, former OFCCP official and current president of Fox, Wang & Morgan P.C. in San Jose, California, at the National [Read more...]


Research shows Gen Y more likely than older workers to rely on family and friends for benefits information

November 1st, 2011

Although employees rely on the workplace as their number one source of benefits information, new research shows Gen Y is much more likely than other workers to rely on family members and friends for this information. That’s just one of the findings of an online nationwide survey commissioned by Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company [Read more...]


OLMS publishes final rule on union official disclosures

October 31st, 2011

The DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has published a final rule in the October 26 edition of Federal Register altering the disclosure requirements for union officials regarding conflicts of interest. The final rule alters OLMS Form LM-30. Under the new rule, union officials must only disclose payments and interests that involve actual or likely [Read more...]


Gallup poll reveals unhealthy U.S. workers’ absenteeism costs employers $153 billion annually

October 31st, 2011

Full-time workers in the U.S. who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health conditions miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year compared with healthy workers –resulting in an estimated cost of more than $153 billion in lost productivity annually. These findings are based on Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data collected [Read more...]


EEOC letter underscores fine line employers must straddle in the wake of GINA

October 28th, 2011

In an informal discussion letter directed to the Department of State, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) underscores the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act’s (GINA) prohibition against the use of family medical histories in employment decision-making. The letter also serves as a word of caution to private employers.
GINA, effective November 21, 2009, prohibits employers, including [Read more...]