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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...]

Inspector General initiates ethics investigation into Becker’s refusal to recuse himself in St. Barnabas ruling

July 2nd, 2010

Prompted by a request from US Rep Darrell Issa (R-Ca), NLRB Inspector General David Berry has agreed to initiate an inquiry into whether Board Member Craig Becker’s participation in a case between the SEIU and St. Barnabas Hospital violated ethics rules. Upon accepting his recess appointment, Becker signed the ethics pledge stating that he would [Read more...]

Only one in five employers plan to extend coverage to adult children before required to do so by law

July 1st, 2010

Only one in five employers (19.5 percent) plan to extend health care coverage for dependent adult children before required to do so by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to a survey from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP). The Affordable Care Act requires that group health plans that provide dependent [Read more...]

ACLU sues Wal-Mart for discharging employee for medical marijuana use

July 1st, 2010

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against Wal-Mart for discharging a five-year employee after testing positive for marijuana, despite being legally registered to use the drug under Michigan’s medical marijuana law to treat the symptoms of his inoperable brain tumor and sinus cancer ( Casias v Wal-Mart Stores, Inc, MichCirCt, complaint filed June [Read more...]