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The party is on: SHRM says fewer employers will cancel office holiday parties in 2010

November 16th, 2010

The number of employers planning to hold holiday parties in 2010 will remain the same as in 2009 (61 percent), according to a poll released by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The poll also shows fewer organizations plan to cancel parties due to the weak economy than did in 2009.
The SHRM poll “Holiday [Read more...]


What’s new in FLSA litigation? RICO claims and restaurant “service charges,” for starters

November 15th, 2010

Though some legal media have predicted a drop in FLSA litigation, recent statistics don’t bear that out. In fact, in the second quarter of 2010, the number of FLSA suits filed in federal courts increased 22 percent over the first quarter of 2010, said Jones Day attorney Michael Gray at the National Employment Law Institute’s [Read more...]


Colonial Life lists seven common mistakes employees make during annual enrollment

November 15th, 2010

In the midst of open enrollment for 2010, Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company lists the seven most common mistakes employees make during annual enrollments:

Being unprepared. Don’t let your enrollment date slip up on your employees and leave them unprepared. Encourage them to read the benefits materials beforehand; talk to their spouse about the family’s [Read more...]


Football players union fully affiliates with AFL-CIO; Trumka accuses deficit commission of telling workers to “Drop Dead”

November 12th, 2010

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has decided to fully associate with the AFL-CIO, a possible indication that the players are willing to play hardball in the stalled negotiations that have spurred talk that the 2011 season may not occur. The owners have claimed that they need to renegotiate the current salary cap — [Read more...]


EEOC’s final GINA rule creates safe harbor for lawful health information requests

November 12th, 2010

Experts have cited the inadvertent receipt of genetic information as employers’ biggest area of risk when it comes to compliance with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Medical information may be requested when an employer is engaging in an interactive disability accommodation process with an employee or to document an employee’s need for [Read more...]