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California Labor Commissioner orders janitorial subcontractor to pay $3.9 million in penalties and back wages

July 7th, 2010

A subcontractor that provided janitorial services to retail businesses across the state has been ordered to pay $3.9 million in owed wages and penalties after California Labor Commissioner Angela Bradstreet filed a civil suit seeking a default judgment following an investigation launched in response to wage claims received from 15 employees in Northern California. The [Read more...]

Employers use paid time off to compete for talent, WorldatWork survey reveals

July 7th, 2010

A new WorldatWork research report finds that a majority of US employers surveyed offer paid time off to compete in the labor market. According to the report, Paid Time Off Programs and Practices, three out of four survey respondents find it necessary to offer paid-time-off programs and do so in traditional and nontraditional ways.
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Survey says unscheduled absence costs employers 8.7 percent of payroll

July 6th, 2010

Unplanned, or unscheduled, absence costs employers 8.7 percent of payroll, more than half the 13.6 percent of payroll cost of health care in 2009, according to the Survey on the Total Financial Impact of Employee Absence, conducted by Mercer on behalf of Kronos Incorporated, a provider of labor analytics applications, including absence tracking. The total [Read more...]

Financial reform bill includes “say on pay,” other employment-related provisions; Towers Watson finds employers ill-prepared

July 6th, 2010

The House this week passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (H.R. 4173), voting 237-192 in favor of a broad package of financial industry reforms and moving a sweeping overhaul of the regulation of US financial services and markets one step closer to enactment. The Senate, where Republican support for the bill [Read more...]

Study reveals value employers and HR place on professional certification

July 2nd, 2010

A global survey of more than 1,500 HR professionals shows that HR employees place a high premium on professional HR certification because it reflects the practical and professional experience of the certificant, shows a commitment to lifelong learning, and helps with career advancement. Interestingly, certification was found to be more valued in the U.S. by [Read more...]