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EEOC meeting will address employment of persons with mental disabilities

March 14th, 2011

On March 15, 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting on employment of persons with mental disabilities. The commission will hear from invited panelists on the employment rates of persons with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disabilities and the challenges they face in the workplace, as well as why it [Read more...]

Employers see light at end of recession tunnel, according to SHRM poll

March 14th, 2011

In a sign the economy is inching toward recovery, fewer employers froze wage increases, cut employee bonuses, and implemented layoffs in the last six months, according to a new poll of human resource professionals. The poll – “Financial Challenges to the U.S. and Global Economy and Their Impact on Organizations –Fall 2010 Update” – released [Read more...]

Federal judgment on breach of fiduciary duty claim didn’t bar employees’ state law action for unpaid wages and bonuses

March 11th, 2011

Employees’ claims for a bonus due under an employment contract were not barred by the res judicata effect of a prior federal court judgment that awarded their former employer damages because of their breach of fiduciary duty, ruled a Louisiana appeals court (Fogleman v Meaux Surface Protection, Inc, March 9, 2011, Saunders, J). Because the [Read more...]

Challenger March Madness Productivity Report reveals nation’s workers could spend more than 8 million hours watching games from office

March 11th, 2011

Extra games and wider access to coverage of the NCAA men’s basketball championship (A.K.A., March Madness) on smart phones and tablets could increase workplace distractions that threaten to sap employee productivity during the annual three-week long tournament, according to global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. Challenger estimates that total online viewership during work [Read more...]

Employee’s claim that United Airlines terminated him in retaliation for testifying on behalf of coworker’s race discrimination charge survives motion to dismiss; possible “cat’s paw” liability

March 10th, 2011

United Airlines was denied a motion to dismiss an employee’s claim that he was terminated in retaliation for testifying on behalf of a coworker’s race discrimination claim (Gibson v United Airlines, Inc, March 8, 2011, Roberts, V). A federal district court in Michigan ruled that the employee presented evidence upon which a juror cold find [Read more...]