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NLRB order requiring employer to restore prior CBA and bargain to valid impasse enforced

April 25th, 2011

The NLRB was granted enforcement of an order requiring that an employer restore a previous collective bargaining agreement and bargain until the parties reached a new agreement or reached a valid impasse (NLRB v Whitesell Corp, April 22, 2011, Shephard, B). Substantial evidence supported NLRB findings that the employer failed to negotiate to a valid [Read more...]

Report shows potential impact of health care reform on retiree medical programs options under the Affordable Care Act

April 25th, 2011

Most large employers are now beginning to rethink their retiree health care strategy as a result of federal health care reform, according to a recent report by Aon Hewitt, the global human resource consulting and outsourcing business of Aon Corporation.
In late 2010, Aon Hewitt surveyed 344 companies, representing 2.2 million retirees nationwide, and found that [Read more...]

Applebee’s bid fails to overturn district court’s deference to DOL field handbook interpretation of tip credit 20-percent rule

April 22nd, 2011

In a significant ruling for the restaurant industry, in which advocates for both services and restaurant employers weighed in, a district court properly granted deference to the DOL’s interpretation of the FLSA’s tip credit provision and its 20-percent work test as contained in the agency’s Field Operations Handbook, the Eighth Circuit ruled (Fast v Applebee’s [Read more...]

Expert provides tips for getting ready for final whistleblower rules…again

April 22nd, 2011

US companies are eagerly anticipating the final rules for Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act – dealing with whistleblower bounties for employees – to be released by the SEC soon. The new rules are likely to impact the effectiveness of internal compliance programs and force companies to make a [Read more...]

Only one in six employers favor a universal health care system funded by tax dollars

April 21st, 2011

Despite concerns about the impact of rising health care costs on their businesses and employees, only one in six employers (16.3 percent) say they favor a federally tax-funded universal health care system, according to the 2011 UBA Benefit Opinions Survey. Nearly all (99.4 percent) top decision makers are concerned with the impact of health care [Read more...]