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Majority of US employers offer workplace flexibility with informal approach most common

February 17th, 2011

A new WorldatWork study, Survey on Workplace Flexibility, provides an inside look at employers’ views on flexibility. The study was designed to gauge the impact of flexibility programs on employee attraction, motivation and retention and also examine the manner in which these programs are managed. The study revealed that while a vast majority (98 percent) [Read more...]

Employee’s retaliation claims unsuccessful because she failed to dispute reasons for suspension, reassignment and discharge

February 16th, 2011

The First Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of the Small Business Administration (SBA), after finding that a federal employee failed to provide evidence to support her claims that she was retaliated against for complaining about sex discrimination and sexual harassment ( Rivera-Colon v Mills, February 15, 2011, Level, P). The district court properly held [Read more...]

Majority of HR managers say social networking blunders can adversely affect career prospects

February 16th, 2011

In the days when “tweets” were bird sounds and a “text” was a book, workplace blunders had a limited audience. Now, however, these missteps can receive broad exposure — with unhappy consequences: Three out of four (76 percent) human resources (HR) managers polled by Robert Half said technology etiquette breaches can affect a person’s career [Read more...]

School district’s grant of health care benefits to same-sex, but not opposite-sex, domestic partners justified by same-sex partners’ inability to marry

February 15th, 2011

A New York school district did not unlawfully discriminate against a teacher based on her sexual orientation and marital status when it denied domestic partner health care benefits to her opposite-sex partner of 30 years, a New York state appeals court ruled ( Matter of Putnam/N Westchester Bd of Coop Educ Serv v Westchester County [Read more...]

Older workers aware of changes to Social Security, tax, benefits program, but younger workers not as familiar

February 15th, 2011

Recently, changes were made which affect the amount that Americans contribute to programs through their paychecks as well as to some of the benefits that they receive. A majority of U.S. adults say they are familiar with the changes to extend unemployment benefits (69 percent), extend the Bush-era tax cuts (65 percent) and the recent [Read more...]