News & Announcements

USDOL Has Tool Kit to Eliminate Forced/Child Labor Via Global Supply Chain
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The U.S. Dept. of Labor has developed a toolkit for employers to reduce the chance that products?and the raw materials they come from?are manufactured, mined or harvested by child labor, or by forced labor.

SBA Warns Against SAM Scam
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Small businesses should not pay to register in a database designed by the federal government to help companies that want to do business with the government, the Small Business Administration warns.

Top Pension Risk Management Priorities for 2013 Identified by Mercer
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Many pension plan sponsors will enter 2013 facing significant increases in their pension funding deficits, which will lead to potential balance sheet adjustments and higher P&L expense, according to Mercer.

DLIR Publishes UI Tax Rate for 2013; HEC Has 2013 Benefit & Payroll Information
Thursday, December 20, 2012

HEC members can download the 2013 Benefit & Payroll Information publication here.

Hawaii Employers Warned of E-mail Scam Asking for Confidential Information via Web Link
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations is warning employers of an e-mail scam in which employers in various states, including Hawaii, are receiving e-mails that claim to be from the Massachusetts or New York "Division of Unemployment Assistance (DUA)." The emails declare that former employee(s) have filed unemployment claims and request the employer to open an attachment and/or access a web link for purposes of providing confidential employment information.

NLRB Reverses 50-Year Policy, Says Employer Must Deduct Dues After Contract Expires
Thursday, December 20, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board has reversed a policy it has held since 1962 that an employer's obligation to check off union dues from employees' wages terminates upon expiration of the collective-bargaining agreement establishing the arrangement. The divided Board now declares that like most other terms and conditions of employment, an employer's obligation to check off union dues continues after expiration of the contract.

First Amendment Trumps NLRB Decision Against Publisher, D.C. Circuit Rules
Thursday, December 20, 2012

A newspaper publisher who discharged nine union-supporting employees?two allegedly for biased reporting, a third for refusing to fire one of the allegedly biased reporters, and six for participating in an event urging people to cancel their subscriptions over a dispute involving news reporting and editorial content?has the First Amendment right to determine what to publish and not publish, the D.C. Circuit holds, vacating a National Labor Relations Board decision against the employer.

Dillard's Store To Pay $2 Million to Settle EEOC Suit Over Medical Disclosure Policy
Thursday, December 20, 2012

National retail chain Dillard's Inc. will pay $2 million and commit to extensive, company-wide injunctive relief to settle a class action disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission over Dillard's longstanding national policy and practice of requiring all employees to disclose personal and confidential medical information in order to be approved for sick leave.

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