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February 28, 2014 – 218 views
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Employers need to be extra cautious while implementing benefit schemes for employees, because some of them may not comply with the new 1974 Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) rules. In 2013, the Department of Labor (DOL) found that 75 per cent of plans they audited were fined, or had to reimburse for errors made. Full Story 
February 25, 2014 – 266 views
Kimberly Palm - Body & Mind Healing, LLC
According to the latest studies, employers in the United States are losing over $200 billion a year on employee Stress. These losses are occurring from a combination of employee absenteeism, lower productivity, turnover, workers’ compensation, medical insurance and more. One of the biggest costs to employers is the mistakes made on the job by employees who are tired and stressed and are unable to focus and concentrate efficiently at their job. Stress is not just affecting American Companies, but also international businesses as well. The United Nations’ International Labor Organization has defined Stress as a “global epidemic”. That all being said, stress management for employees is going to be the most important issue of the 21st century. Full Story 
February 21, 2014 – 356 views
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Non- maintenance of the I-9 forms for new employees can prove to be very costly for a business. A recent judgment in the 9th Circuit court resulted in civil penalties being imposed by the United States Immigration/ Customs Enforcement on an employer based in Washington. The incident has highlighted how important it is for all employers to understand that merely verifying if new hires have the proper legal status in the country is not a substitute for I-9 completion and maintenance. Full Story 
February 14, 2014 – 174 views
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The National Labor Relations Board once again revived its effort of implementing new rules of making it simple for employees to form their unions. The recently proposed rules are quite similar to the ones that were given out in 2011, before they were quashed by a federal court due to procedural issues. The key to this new proposal is the 'quickies election rule' that will allow quick voting for union representation. The voting can take place in as less as ten days once the petition for organizing the polls is filed. On the other hand, it took around 42 days previously for the same, under the old guidelines of the NLRB for holding these elections. Full Story 
February 14, 2014 – 117 views
Association of Construction and Development
The Obama administration recently made its first foray into the issue of potential water contamination caused by the controversial technique of fracking. The administration stated that it will be exerting more control over this injecting of diesel deep into the ground for extracting natural gas as well as oil. Full Story 
February 6, 2014 – 199 views
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The U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, reversed a dismissal from the District Court on an ADA claim, ruling that temporary impairment from injuries can also be constituted as a disability under ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).... Full Story 
February 3, 2014 – 210 views
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The good old way of keeping your employees motivated is through performance based compensation. Nearly one-third of companies use this technique, to keep their stellar performers motivated. Surveys have shown that companies need to track the effects of these compensation programs better, to see the influence it is having on the employees... Full Story 
January 31, 2014 – 274 views
Sara Zorich - SmithAmundsen LLC
On January 27, 2014, in Sandifer v. U.S. Steel Corp., 12-417, 2014 WL 273241 (U.S. Jan. 27, 2014), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Seventh Circuit decision that time spent donning and doffing protective gear was time spent “changing clothes” under Section 203(o) of the FLSA allowing parties to a collective bargaining agreement the ability to bargain over compensability of such time at the beginning and end of the work day... Full Story