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Parties step up support of, and opposition to, proposed election rule changes

August 25th, 2011

As Congress approaches the end of its August recess, labor unions are stepping up their support for the NLRB’s proposed changes to its elections process, a proposal that is square in the sights of Congressional Republicans. Several parties had publicized their written submissions to the Board regarding the proposed changes.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters General [Read more...]

Employers are committed to offering health care benefits for foreseeable future, but concerned about viability of looming insurance exchanges

August 25th, 2011

After focusing closely on compliance aspects of health care reform legislation in 2011, employers are planning only moderate changes in their health care plans for 2012, according to a survey of 368 midsize to large companies by Towers Watson. The survey also found that while employer health care costs will rise at a noticeably lower [Read more...]

Marking the highest civil penalty paid through settlement under INA anti-bias provision, employer to pay $290,400 to settle DOJ immigration bias allegations

August 24th, 2011

The Justice Department reached a settlement with Farmland Foods Inc, a major producer of pork products in the United States, resolving allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and excessive documentary requirements on non-U.S. citizens and foreign-born U.S. citizens when establishing their authority to work in the United [Read more...]

Moderate pay raises on tap for U.S. workers, Towers Watson survey finds

August 24th, 2011

Reflecting uncertain economic conditions and a conservative cost-management environment, employers are projecting moderate pay raises for employees next year. Employers do expect to fully fund their annual bonuses for workers this year, as corporate profits have increased, according to new survey data by Towers Watson.
A survey of 773 U.S. companies conducted by Towers Watson Data [Read more...]

$6 million settlement fund resolves EEOC and private class action allegations that NUMMI denied severance benefits to disabled workers

August 23rd, 2011

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has resolved by conciliation agreement the complaints of laid-off employees that United Motors & Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), California’s last auto plant, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it denied severance benefits to employees on medical leave. NUMMI has agreed to contribute to a $6 million settlement [Read more...]