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Four student aid lenders settle FCA suit for $57.75 million total; whistleblower, a former Dept of Education employee, will receive $16.65 million

November 18th, 2010

Four student aid lenders have paid the United States a total of $57.75 million to resolve allegations that they improperly inflated their entitlement to certain interest rate subsidies from the US Department of Education in violation of the False Claims Act, the Justice Department announced. The settlements resolve allegations brought in a whistleblower action filed [Read more...]

Strict enforcement of cell phone bans boosts fleet safety performance, according to NETS study

November 18th, 2010

A new study of company vehicle fleet crash rates reveals the top safety performers are companies with policies enacting a total ban on cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) and that establish strong consequences–including termination–for employees who violate such policies.
The latest Strength in Numbers Fleet Benchmarking Study, sponsored by the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety [Read more...]

Pilots group protests new TSA screening procedures, IAM calls for investigation into use of Katrina relief funds

November 17th, 2010

The Airline Pilots Association (ALPA) is protesting a recent decision by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that amended its previous security screening procedures by requiring every individual, including airline pilots, to be screened by Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines and/or be subjected to pat-down searches. Saying that the policy frustrates and burdens pilots who have [Read more...]

Survey confirms productivity suffers in negative workplace

November 17th, 2010

Productivity is suffering in workplaces characterized by criticism, gossip, and lack of teamwork, according to a new poll by Right Management. More than 1,400 human resource professionals and senior business leaders were polled to assess the impact of negative behaviors in the workplace. The survey found that more than 60 percent of organizations are suffering [Read more...]

Q&As on final GINA regulation clarify issues facing employers

November 16th, 2010

The EEOC, in conjunction with the issuance of its final rule on Title II of the Genetic Information and Nondiscrimination Act, has issued two question and answer documents (Q&As) that clarify many of the issues facing employers. One provides background information on the final rule, and the other is targeted to small businesses.
GINA, signed into [Read more...]