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Amendments to Oklahoma and Arizona state constitutions set up confrontation over Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

November 5th, 2010

The American Legislative Exchange Council is saying that the result of two ballot measures — one in Oklahoma and the other in Arizona — dealing with the recently enacted Health Care Reform bill, demonstrate that the American people overwhelmingly opposed the measure. The ALEC cited Iowa State Representative Linda Upmeyer in support of this proposition.
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Expert advises employers to plan ahead for employment of returning veterans

November 4th, 2010

The US is nearing the end of combat operations in Iraq, and that means many of the remaining 50,000 US troops will be returning home and returning to work. Complying with the legal requirements governing reemployment of employees returning from military leave, particularly state laws and the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act of [Read more...]

OSHA encourages major retailers to provide crowd management measures to protect workers during Black Friday, other sales events

November 4th, 2010

OSHA is encouraging CEOs of 14 major retail companies to take precautions to prevent worker injuries during Black Friday and the holiday season’s other major sales events. Toward that end, OSHA has sent a letter and fact sheet on “Crowd Management Safety Tips for Retailers” to the CEOs. OSHA published the fact sheet prior to [Read more...]

Complaint alleges Connecticut company illegally fired employee over Facebook comments

November 3rd, 2010

A complaint issued by the NLRB’s Hartford regional office alleges that an ambulance service illegally terminated an employee who posted negative remarks about her supervisor on her personal Facebook page. The complaint also alleges that the company, American Medical Response of Connecticut, Inc, illegally denied union representation to the employee during an investigatory interview, and [Read more...]

Expert says bed bugs in the workplace are a growing concern for HR

November 3rd, 2010

You’ve heard about the recent bed bug outbreak, particularly in New York City hotels, but have you heard that bed bugs are becoming a real issue in the workplace? Business owners, human resource directors and facilities managers who ignore this growing problem risk losing employee productivity, morale and their company’s reputation, according to Jennifer Erdogan, [Read more...]