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Congressional hearing finds fault with proposed rule to shorten NLRB election period

July 11th, 2011

In a contentious hearing that saw one witness attacked as a union-buster, the US House Committee on Education and the Workforce explored the ramifications of the NLRB’s proposed rule that would shorten the period between a union representation petition and election. The hearing, during which testimony from four opponents of the rule and one supporter [Read more...]


Higher percentage of employees to get pay raises as pay freeze thaws, 38th annual WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey finds

July 11th, 2011

Salary increases are slowly trending upward toward pre-recession levels, according to the 38th Annual WorldatWork Salary Budget Survey. Participating organizations reported awarding at least some base salary increase to 88 percent of all employees in 2011 on average, compared to 86 percent of all employees in 2010, 80 percent in 2009 (all-time low), and 91 [Read more...]


Keeping employees’ personal and occupational health information in one file poses risk of ADA and GINA violations, EEOC letter warns

July 8th, 2011

Maintaining employees’ personal and occupational health information in a single electronic medical record (EMR), particularly one that permits individuals with access to the EMR to view any information in the record, “presents a real possibility” that the ADA or the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), or both, will be violated, according to an EEOC informal [Read more...]


Many organizations continue to be cautious with offering cost-saving health benefit options

July 8th, 2011

Although organizations are concerned about costs when deciding which health benefits to offer employees, less than half (42 percent) offer cost-saving Consumer-Directed Health Plans (CDHPs), according to a poll by the Society for Human Resource Management. The poll –sponsored by Aetna –showed that more than half (58 percent) of respondents are not comfortable with their [Read more...]


Verizon will pay $20 million to settle EEOC nationwide disability bias suit over inflexible attendance policy

July 7th, 2011

A nationwide class disability lawsuit against telecommunications giant Verizon Communications has been settled for $20 million and significant equitable relief, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was no doubt happy to announce today – it’s the largest single disability bias settlement in the agency’s history. The EEOC filed suit against 24 named subsidiaries of [Read more...]