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Moderate pay raises on tap for U.S. workers, Towers Watson survey finds

August 24th, 2011

Reflecting uncertain economic conditions and a conservative cost-management environment, employers are projecting moderate pay raises for employees next year. Employers do expect to fully fund their annual bonuses for workers this year, as corporate profits have increased, according to new survey data by Towers Watson.
A survey of 773 U.S. companies conducted by Towers Watson Data [Read more...]


$6 million settlement fund resolves EEOC and private class action allegations that NUMMI denied severance benefits to disabled workers

August 23rd, 2011

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has resolved by conciliation agreement the complaints of laid-off employees that United Motors & Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI), California’s last auto plant, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it denied severance benefits to employees on medical leave. NUMMI has agreed to contribute to a $6 million settlement [Read more...]


Majority of large employers revamping health benefit programs for 2012, survey finds

August 23rd, 2011

With the cost of employee health care benefits expected to increase next year at more than twice the rate of inflation, large US employers are planning to have workers share more of the cost next year, according to a new survey by the National Business Group on Health, a non-profit association of 329, mostly large [Read more...]


EEOC discussion letter outlines GINA’s impact on wellness programs

August 22nd, 2011

An informal discussion letter issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission outlines the circumstances under which employees’ genetic information may be used in employer-sponsored wellness programs without running afoul of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The applicable exception permits employers to obtain employees’ genetic information as part of a voluntary wellness program, but [Read more...]


Expert suggests new rules for effective performance management

August 22nd, 2011

In these times of shrinking budgets and increasing demands, maximizing the potential of an organization’s human capital is a top priority in both the public and private sector. The promise of “performance management” (PM) is to drive high performance, but the truth is, PM is broken, says Dr. Elaine Pulakos, president of PDRI and an [Read more...]