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EEOC says ITT Technical Institutes violated ADA by refusing to accommodate blind applicant in the hiring process

September 26th, 2011

A national for-profit educational provider, ITT Technical Institutes, violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it refused to accommodate a blind applicant during the hiring process and denied him a job, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contends in a lawsuit filed on September 21, 2011.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, Kerry Kirksey applied [Read more...]

Mercer survey finds health benefit cost growth for 2012 likely to be the lowest in 15 years

September 26th, 2011

Early responses from a Mercer survey still in the field suggest that the average growth in health benefit cost will slow to 5.4 percent in 2012, the smallest increase since 1997. Still, cost growth remains well above both general inflation and growth in workers’ earnings. While this increase reflects cost-cutting changes employers will make to [Read more...]

At House hearing, witnesses blast NLRB for alleged pro-union bias

September 23rd, 2011

At a hearing yesterday, September 22, of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, witnesses attacked the NLRB over rule changes and recent decisions that allegedly demonstrate the agency’s pro-union bias. The hearing comes at a contentious time for the Board, following a month that has seen legislation introduced to abolish the agency.
Chairman Jon Kline (R-Minn) [Read more...]

Mass layoff events up 8 in August

September 23rd, 2011

Employers took 1,587 mass layoff actions in August involving 165,547 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on September 22. Each mass layoff involved at least 50 workers from a single employer. The number of mass layoff events in August [Read more...]

U.S. Chamber of Commerce files lawsuit against NLRB seeking to block new notice posting requirement

September 22nd, 2011

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce announced that they have filed a lawsuit, on September 19, alleging that the NLRB’s new notice posting requirement violates federal law and that the Board lacked jurisdiction to issue the final rule. The Board’s final rule requires employers to post a notice of [Read more...]