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Saw mill operator feels sting of “boys will be boys” attitude, pays $900,000 to settle EEOC sex-bias suit

July 25th, 2011

A consent decree under which Mason County Forest Products, which operated a saw and wood planing mill in Shelton, Washington, will pay $900,000 to two female workers in settlement of an EEOC lawsuit alleging sexual harassment, sex discrimination and retaliation has been approved by a federal district court in Washington (EEOC v Mason County Forest [Read more...]

According to study, employers find increase in wellness incentive “most beneficial” element of health reform law

July 25th, 2011

Thirty-seven percent of responding Lockton Benefit Group clients found the increase in employee wellness incentives to be the most beneficial element of the health reform law. Lockton asked the question in a recent survey.
In 2014, employers will be able to offer an incentive of up to 30 percent of an employee’s total healthcare premium, if [Read more...]

Survey finds being perceived as a hoarder may cost workers a promotion

July 22nd, 2011

A new CareerBuilder study shows hoarding can result in a negative impact on a worker’s career. Nearly three-in-ten (28 percent) employers say they are less likely to promote someone who has a disorganized or messy work space. This national survey was conducted between May 19 and June 8, 2011 among 2,662 U.S. hiring managers and 5,299 [Read more...]

District court erred in denying backpay to successful Title VII litigant based on finding that $300,000 compensatory damages award was enough to make her whole

July 22nd, 2011

A federal district court in New York erroneously held that an employee who was awarded $580,000 in compensatory damages on her Title VII claims of gender bias, hostile work environment, and reprisal (which was reduced to the federal statutory cap of $300,000) was not entitled to consideration of backpay because the compensatory damages award would [Read more...]

Arbitrator finds Illinois must pay 2 percent raise to unionized employees

July 21st, 2011

An arbitrator has ruled that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn violated the state’s CBA with the state’s largest employee union when he blocked pay raises for 30,000 workers. Arbitrator Edwin Benn ruled that, under the “clear and simple terms” of the CBA, the State is required to pay the two percent wage increase owed to members [Read more...]