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Employees need to take greater role during benefits enrollment season, according to Aon Hewitt

October 13th, 2011

With benefits open enrollment season upon us, employees at many U.S. companies will be faced with making decisions regarding their 2012 choices for health care and other plans. Aon Hewitt says that while health care reform remains a key business focus for organizations, it will have less of an impact on most employees’ health plan [Read more...]

EEOC sues AT&T over Puerto Rico predecessor’s alleged refusal to accommodate worker with diabetes-related blindness

October 12th, 2011

A company in Puerto Rico now owned by telecommunications giant AT&T violated the Americans with Disabilities Act when it refused to reasonably accommodate a longtime employee after he went blind from a disability, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) contends in a recently filed lawsuit.
The EEOC’s suit alleges that Miguel Melendez started working for [Read more...]

Seventy two percent of organizations use social media to recruit candidates

October 12th, 2011

Anew poll from SelectMinds has found that 86 percent of firms are currently using social media in their organizations, and 72 percent are actively engaged in social recruiting initiatives. In addition, 69 percent plan to increase their social media budgets in 2012.
The survey asked 216 executives at US firms with 3,000 or more employees to [Read more...]

EEOC discussion letter cautions that terminating current employee health insurance eligibility based on Medicare eligibility may be unlawful not only under the ADEA, but also under Medicare rules

October 11th, 2011

A recently released U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) informal discussion letter reminds employers that the regulatory exemption from the ADEA that permits coordination of retiree health benefits with Medicare eligibility does not apply to current employees. The question of whether the age-based action may be justified by spending more on another benefit for older [Read more...]

More U.S. companies having difficulty attracting critical-skill employees, survey finds

October 11th, 2011

With the U.S. economy still unsteady, most U.S. companies are finding it relatively easy to attract or retain workers, with one major exception-critical-skill employees. A new survey from global professional services company Towers Watson and WorldatWork shows that for the second consecutive year, the number of U.S. companies having difficulty finding and keeping critical-skill workers [Read more...]