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CIOs surveyed say workplace communication will favor real-time tools

August 26th, 2011

Email may soon become the new snail mail, a new Robert Half Technology survey suggests. More than half (54 percent) of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed said real-time workplace communication tools will surpass traditional email in popularity within the next five years. The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on [Read more...]

NLRB issues final rule requiring posting of NLRA rights; failure to post notice will constitute unfair labor practice

August 26th, 2011

The NLRB announced on August 25 that it has issued a final rule that will require employers to notify employees of their rights under the NLRA and that makes a failure to post the notice an unfair labor practice. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on August 30 and will take effect [Read more...]

Parties step up support of, and opposition to, proposed election rule changes

August 25th, 2011

As Congress approaches the end of its August recess, labor unions are stepping up their support for the NLRB’s proposed changes to its elections process, a proposal that is square in the sights of Congressional Republicans. Several parties had publicized their written submissions to the Board regarding the proposed changes.
The International Brotherhood of Teamsters General [Read more...]

Employers are committed to offering health care benefits for foreseeable future, but concerned about viability of looming insurance exchanges

August 25th, 2011

After focusing closely on compliance aspects of health care reform legislation in 2011, employers are planning only moderate changes in their health care plans for 2012, according to a survey of 368 midsize to large companies by Towers Watson. The survey also found that while employer health care costs will rise at a noticeably lower [Read more...]

Marking the highest civil penalty paid through settlement under INA anti-bias provision, employer to pay $290,400 to settle DOJ immigration bias allegations

August 24th, 2011

The Justice Department reached a settlement with Farmland Foods Inc, a major producer of pork products in the United States, resolving allegations that it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and excessive documentary requirements on non-U.S. citizens and foreign-born U.S. citizens when establishing their authority to work in the United [Read more...]