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Justice Department announces largest ever civil settlement of allegations of immigration-related employment discrimination

October 20th, 2010

The Justice Department announced that it has reached a settlement agreement with Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) to resolve allegations that CHW engaged in a pattern or practice of citizenship status discrimination by imposing unnecessary and discriminatory hurdles to employment for work-authorized individuals. Under the terms of the settlement, CHW has agreed to pay $257,000 in [Read more...]

Recession has led employees to reprioritize, putting family, people, recreation ahead of work

October 20th, 2010

Widespread layoffs and other job changes associated with the Great Recession have caused workers to question career-related sacrifices, including time away from family, less leisure time and fewer self-improvement activities. Those are some of the findings of a recent study conducted by Wayne Hochwarter, the Jim Moran Professor of Business Administration in the Florida State [Read more...]

EBSA clarifies GINA provisions for health insurance providers

October 19th, 2010

The EBSA has issued guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) with regard to genetic nondiscrimination provisions of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) with which group health plan insurers must comply. The statutory provisions of GINA are effective for plan years beginning on or after May 21, 2009, and the [Read more...]

Subcontractors plead guilty to employing illegal aliens, face possible 10 years in prison

October 19th, 2010

Three Miami-Dade County residents pled guilty to harboring undocumented aliens who were working on a Miami-Dade school construction project. Luis Daniel, the president of Hialeah-based Daniel Builders, Inc, his wife, Marta Duque, and his son, Ariel Daniel, entered guilty pleas to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to induce aliens to remain [Read more...]

New agreement between DOL and Puerto Rico Dep’t of Labor and Human Resources aims at higher compliance with labor laws

October 18th, 2010

A new partnership agreement between the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources will help to ensure that Puerto Rican employers comply with federal and commonwealth labor law. The agreement provides for joint investigations between the agencies into the regulated employer community in the [Read more...]