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Wage & Hour Division clarifies FMLA definition of “son or daughter” as it applies to employees claiming parental relationships

June 23rd, 2010

Due to employer and employee confusion over how the FMLA applies when there is no legal or biological parent-child relationship, the Wage and Hour Deputy Administrator has provided additional clarification on the definition of “son or daughter” in the context of an employee taking FMLA-protected leave for the birth or placement of a child, to [Read more...]

Milwaukee religious leader charged in religious visa fraud scheme; Indian nationals allegedly paid $30,000 to fraudulently enter US as religious workers

June 23rd, 2010

A religious leader from India, who owns and operates a local Hindu temple, faces charges that he fraudulently obtained religious worker visas for Indian nationals and charged them up to $30,000 each, announced US Immigration and Customs and Enforcement. Sagarsen Haldar, an Indian national residing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was charged in the Eastern District of [Read more...]

Attorneys discuss prevalence of social networking in the workplace, and outline tips for developing a policy

June 22nd, 2010

In a webinar on the subject of social networking, Fisher & Phillips attorneys laid out statistics identifying just how prevalent use of social networking sites has become. The numbers are staggering. MySpace, for example, reports more than 185 million users contribute to more than 50 million posts per day. As of June, the presenters say [Read more...]

Obama directs federal agencies to compile contractor “Do Not Pay List”

June 22nd, 2010

President Obama directed federal agencies to set up a “Do Not Pay List” to prevent individuals and contractors from receiving improper government payments. Vice President Joe Biden, at a White House event, said the presidential memorandum would require agencies to review current pre-payment procedures and all available databases before releasing federal funds. “We are making [Read more...]

Experts discuss how to tailor health care benefits to your employees

June 21st, 2010

In today’s challenging fiscal environment, firms that sponsor health care benefits are looking for benefit solutions to help them do more with less. Such solutions might involve closer scrutiny of health plan data or the creation of new partnerships with coalitions, brokers, plan managers, and employees. Large and small employers alike use strategies like these. [Read more...]