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Expert identifies top three employment law trends that should be at the forefront of employers’ minds

April 11th, 2011

Employers continue to combat the toughest economy in decades and deal with an explosion of Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) charges and employment lawsuits. In this time of unprecedented employment law risk, Shanti Atkins, Esq., president and CEO of ELT, details the following top trends that employers should absolutely have on their radar:
1. Sexual orientation, religious [Read more...]

Employer did not waive right to arbitrate current wage claims by settling previous lawsuit alleging similar claims

April 8th, 2011

Despite settling a previous minimum-wage suit filed by one of the plaintiffs, an employer did not waive its right to arbitrate newly filed FLSA and state-law claims, a federal district court in Illinois ruled (Goodale v George S. May Int’l Co, April 5, 2011, Hibbler, W). The plaintiffs filed claims under the FLSA and state [Read more...]

Initiative launched to help match jobs with the unique skills veterans bring to the marketplace

April 8th, 2011

DirectEmployers Association ( www.directemployers.org), a non-profit consortium of over 600 leading US employers, announced on April 6 an extensive online program to assist transitioning military personnel in all branches of our armed forces, their spouses, dependents, and caregivers in quickly and efficiently finding employment. The program will provide military personnel and their dependents access to [Read more...]

EEOC’s suit alleges that Iowa workers with intellectual disabilities were abused by Texas-based company for more than 20 years

April 7th, 2011

A group of 31 men with intellectual disabilities were subjected to severe abuse and discrimination for more than 20 years at the hands of Hill County Farms, doing business as Henry’s Turkey Service, according to an ADA lawsuit filed by the EEOC. The company is based in Goldthwaite, Texas, but the work and abuse occurred [Read more...]

Two in five organizations making greater use of independent contractors

April 7th, 2011

As many as 41 percent of employers have used more independent contractors over the past two years, according to an online survey of 430 senior human resource executives conducted by Right Management. Asked if their organizations had seen an increase in the use of independent contractors in the last two years, 41 percent of respondents [Read more...]