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Global study reveals most flexible work schedules found in Finland, Sweden and Australia; least flexible in Japan, Greece and Armenia

June 8th, 2011

A global survey of more than 7,700 businesses in 39 countries by global accounting organization Grant Thornton International found Finland, Sweden and Australia are the countries with the highest percentage of companies offering flexible work arrangements, while Japan, Greece and Armenia are the lowest.
In the past year, countries with the highest percentage of companies allowing [Read more...]


High Court’s ruling on mandatory E-Verify use may spawn more problems as states follow Arizona’s lead

June 7th, 2011

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) is not preempted by federal law may give rise to significant challenges should states follow suit by requiring employers to use the federal E-Verify system to confirm workers’ employment eligibility. Increased identity theft, and in some industries, increased costs to consumers, are two [Read more...]


EEOC letter is a lesson on inquiries into illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal histories and financial records

June 7th, 2011

In an informal discussion letter, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently gave the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) a lesson on lawful inquiries into applicant and employee illegal drug and alcohol use, criminal histories and financial records – the lesson also provides valuable guidance for private employers.
The recently released letter addresses questions raised [Read more...]


EEOC meeting will address use of leave as a reasonable accommodation

June 6th, 2011

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is holding a public meeting to examine the use of leave as a reasonable accommodation. The meeting will be open for public observation of the commission’s deliberations.
On June 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (Eastern Time), the commission will hear from invited panelists on the appropriate use of disability [Read more...]


Companies must watch costly accrued vacation issues

June 6th, 2011

The tough job market has chilled job mobility and many employees now remain with their employers for longer periods of time. In addition, the past few years of operating with a reduced workforce has made it challenging for companies to accommodate everyone’s vacation requests. As a result, accrued vacation balances are becoming a larger problem [Read more...]