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OLMS publishes final rule on union official disclosures

October 31st, 2011

The DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) has published a final rule in the October 26 edition of Federal Register altering the disclosure requirements for union officials regarding conflicts of interest. The final rule alters OLMS Form LM-30. Under the new rule, union officials must only disclose payments and interests that involve actual or likely [Read more...]

Gallup poll reveals unhealthy U.S. workers’ absenteeism costs employers $153 billion annually

October 31st, 2011

Full-time workers in the U.S. who are overweight or obese and have other chronic health conditions miss an estimated 450 million additional days of work each year compared with healthy workers –resulting in an estimated cost of more than $153 billion in lost productivity annually. These findings are based on Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index data collected [Read more...]

EEOC letter underscores fine line employers must straddle in the wake of GINA

October 28th, 2011

In an informal discussion letter directed to the Department of State, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) underscores the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act’s (GINA) prohibition against the use of family medical histories in employment decision-making. The letter also serves as a word of caution to private employers.
GINA, effective November 21, 2009, prohibits employers, including [Read more...]

CVS chief medical officer outlines employer options when health exchanges take center stage in 2014

October 28th, 2011

Employers face a fundamental decision concerning employee health care benefits when health reform-required insurance exchanges take center stage in 2014: Should their companies continue employer-sponsored insurance plans or should they move employees to programs offered through public exchanges? Troyen A. Brennan, MD, MPH, executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Caremark told attendees [Read more...]

OFCCP Director Shiu says federal contractors, OFCCP need to communicate “without filters”

October 27th, 2011

The OFCCP and federal contractors need to speak to each other “without filters,” OFCCP Director Patricia A. Shiu told the audience at the National Employment Law Institute’s (NELI) Twenty-Ninth Annual Affirmative Action Briefing. Shiu was one of several speakers featured at the briefing which was co-chaired by OFCCP expert John C. Fox, president and a [Read more...]