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Slip-ups in mediation cases can cost employers dearly, attorneys warn

July 28th, 2010

Given the time, money, and headaches associated with going to trial to resolve contentious matters such as accusations of racial discrimination or sexual harassment, employers have increasingly turned to mediation over the past decade as an attractive form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). In doing so, however, they sometimes hamstring the process by making strategic [Read more...]

SEIU and UNITE HERE end contentious inter-union dispute

July 28th, 2010

The SEIU, Workers United, and UNITE HERE have announced a settlement agreement that ends the protracted dispute between the unions. The unions have been warring since early 2009, when Workers United, a faction of UNITE HERE, split and joined SEIU. Workers United was part of a previous garment workers union that merged with the hotel [Read more...]

Survey finds health and productivity management programs work; weight management efforts viewed as critical by employers

July 27th, 2010

The non-profit Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) has released its analysis of the health and productivity management (HPM) practices of 450 U.S. employers indicating that HPM has a positive impact on their health and productivity goals. This analysis is a follow up to an IBI report released earlier this year finding broad adoption of prevention, wellness, [Read more...]

City of Fremont, Nebraska may suspend implementation of immigration ordinance

July 27th, 2010

In anticipation of the ACLU’s motion for a temporary restraining order, the Fremont, Nebraska, City Council will consider a resolution on July 27 suspending implementation and enforcement of its immigration ordinance that bans harboring, hiring, or renting homes to illegal immigrants. The petition-driven measure, scheduled to take effect July 29, requires city businesses to use [Read more...]

In the wake of massive layoffs, questions persist as to whether or not survivors have the “right stuff”

July 26th, 2010

Although large-scale layoffs have mostly ended, those who have survived workforce cutbacks may not be completely out of danger as the sluggish economy persists, and companies are preparing to make more adjustments. More than half (52 percent) of employers report that some of their managers do not have the right skills to achieve their business [Read more...]