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Toll of stress impacting health care costs, absenteeism and workplace safety, according to survey

July 12th, 2010

Employers understand the detrimental effects stress is having on their organizations, and are responding with multiple strategies to help workers cope, a recent survey by Buck Consultants indicates.
The survey, “Stress in the Workplace,” identifies the areas most affected by stress and the strategies employed by organizations to reduce stress for their workers. The research was [Read more...]

Immigration-related pattern or practice bias suit filed against Georgia rug manufacturer and seller

July 12th, 2010

The DOJ filed suit against Garland Sales Inc, a rug manufacturer and seller located in Dalton, Georgia, alleging it engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination by imposing unnecessary and discriminatory hurdles to employment for work-authorized individuals.
According to the DOJ findings, Garland required all non-US citizen applicants to present certain work authorization documents. The [Read more...]

NLRB orders union election at Foxwoods Resort, a tribal casino in Connecticut

July 9th, 2010

The NLRB Regional Office in Connecticut has ordered that a union election be held at Foxwoods Resort and Casino, operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, the Board announced. The casino complex is said to be the largest in the world, generating more than $1 billion a year and employing about 9,000 workers, most of whom [Read more...]

Changing covered clothes may be a principal activity under FLSA

July 9th, 2010

FLSA, Section 3(o), which exempts from compensation the time spent by employees “changing clothes,” does not extend to protective equipment worn by employees that is required by law, by the employer, or due to the nature of the job, according to the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division, in a recent Administrator’s Interpretation. Moreover, [Read more...]

IRS reminds taxpayers of worker misclassification, compliance

July 8th, 2010

With more than 60 percent of federal revenues coming through the employment tax system, according to Janine Cook, branch chief, associate/division counsel, IRS Tax Exempt and Government Entities (TE/GE) Division, Employment Tax Branch, taxpayers were reminded of the importance of proper worker classification, withholding and reporting of employment taxes. Cook, who also discussed pending legislation [Read more...]