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Expert discusses elements of a legally sound handbook

July 19th, 2011

Speaking to a packed audience at the annual SHRM Conference & Exposition, Christine V. Walters, MAS, JD, SPHR, began her presentation by listing the pros and cons of maintaining an employee handbook. As pros, she listed consistency in application so that employees in like circumstances are treated equitably, provides clarification, ensures consistency, and provides an [Read more...]


Subcommittee hearing explores whether FLSA continues to serve workers

July 18th, 2011

At a hearing of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, Republican members of the Subcommittee repeatedly questioned whether the FLSA continues to provide needed services, or whether, in the modern era, the Act presents more problems than it serves. The witness panel was dominated by opponents of the law, which [Read more...]


Americans re-set retirement expectations, according to SunAmerica

July 18th, 2011

Americans have emerged from the economic recession with a new set of expectations around the purpose, timing and funding of retirement, according to a new study sponsored by SunAmerica Financial Group in collaboration with Age Wave. The SunAmerica Retirement Re-Set Study is a national opinion telephone survey conducted in April 2011 by Harris Interactive among [Read more...]


EEOC lawsuit alleges Fred Meyer Stores failed to stop regular customer from harassing female employees

July 15th, 2011

Grocery chain Fred Meyer Stores, Inc. violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it failed to stop a customer from sexually harassing several female employees, the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contends in a lawsuit filed on July 13, 2011.
Female employees at Fred Meyer’s Oak Grove store in Milwaukie, Oregon, [Read more...]


Record-high fuel prices have had little effect on vehicle programs in 2011 as many organizations continue to offer vehicle-related benefits to employees

July 15th, 2011

This may be another sign organizations are done cutting costs in the benefits area. A new survey, WorldatWork Vehicle-Related Benefits Survey, found that a majority of organizations (89 percent) continue to offer some type of vehicle benefit to employees. The top three vehicle benefits offered are: fuel or mileage reimbursement (72 percent), car allowance (65 [Read more...]