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Expert lists pitfalls of checking social media before hiring

August 2nd, 2011

Can using social media and other technologies to find and screen candidates put an employer at legal risk? “Absolutely,” says David P. Jones, PhD, author of MILLION DOLLAR HIRE: Build Your Bottom Line, One Employee at a Time (Jossey-Bass, 2011). “Often, without knowing it, companies violate a host of laws when they use social media [Read more...]

Promens USA will pay $225,000 to settle EEOC allegations that women were harassed, excluded from machine operator jobs

August 1st, 2011

Plastics manufacturer Promens USA, Inc. will pay $225,000 to settle a Title VII sex discrimination and harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency advised on July 29, 2011. In September 2010, the federal agency sued Promens USA, formerly known as Bonar Plastics, Inc., on behalf of four women whom [Read more...]

Study finds employers who integrate health protection and promotion have healthier workplaces

August 1st, 2011

Employers who integrate their safety initiatives with their health and wellness programming have the potential to improve the overall health and productivity of their workforces, according to a paper published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM). Titled “Workplace Health Protection and Promotion: A New Pathway for A Healthier –and Safer –Workforce,” [Read more...]

Regarding pay raises, Mercer survey shows that two economies still exist for US workers

July 29th, 2011

As the economy slowly improves, for some workers the pay raises will follow. New survey results show the average increase in base pay is expected to be 3.0 percent in 2012, up slightly from 2.9 percent in 2011 and 2.7 percent in 2010. However, for top-performing employees — just 8 percent of the workforce — salary [Read more...]

EEOC alleges Product Fabricators, Inc fired employee because he wanted time of for surgery, talked to agency investigator about prior case

July 29th, 2011

Product Fabricators, Inc. a Pine City, Minnesota, contract manufacturer, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by firing an employee because he inquired about taking time off for shoulder surgery and for participating in an interview with an investigator from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a prior case, according to a lawsuit [Read more...]