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Reform driving rapid change in employer-sponsored retiree medical programs

June 20th, 2011

Rapid development of post-health care reform retiree medical options is empowering employers to embrace bold, new solutions to help active employees prepare for retirement and enable current retirees to obtain more cost-effective health care coverage, according to nearly 250 large employers responding to the Sixth Annual Employer Survey on Retiree Medical Strategy, conducted jointly by [Read more...]

Study finds employees’ share of health plan premium costs up dramatically

June 20th, 2011

Employees of private-sector companies contributed up to 121 percent more in 2009 for their yearly share of their employer-sponsored health insurance coverage than they did in 2001, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). By comparison, the total average annual premium for employer-sponsored health plans, which [Read more...]

Sonic Drive-In settles EEOC sexual harassment and reprisal suit for $2 million

June 17th, 2011

In the largest litigation settlement ever by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Albuquerque Area Office, Sonic Drive-In of Los Lunas, Ltd. and B&B Consultants, owners of a Sonic restaurant in Los Lunas, New Mexico, have agreed to a consent decree that settles a Title VII sex discrimination and retaliation lawsuit for $2 million, [Read more...]

More dads back at work, but still struggling to keep balance, annual Father’s Day survey finds

June 17th, 2011

CareerBuilder’s annual Father’s Day Survey shows the financial situation for US families may be improving with more dads back at work. The majority (84 percent) of working dads who have been laid off over the last 12 months say they have found full-time employment.
The survey also found that while dads still struggle with finding work/life [Read more...]

NY Labor Dept. reaches $5.1 million settlement with “Lenny’s” sandwich shop over wage violations

June 16th, 2011

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has reached a $5.1 million settlement with New York City-based “Lenny’s: The Ultimate Sandwich” (Lenny’s) for minimum wage and overtime violations affecting over 800 workers. This settlement is the largest recorded settlement for workers in the DOL’s 110-year [Read more...]