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Feature of the Week
Thursday, February 28, 2013
While HR professionals are well aware that handbooks and policies need regular updating, we often overlook other important documents. For example, when is the last time that your company updated its employment application?
OFCCP issues Directive 307 on "Procedures for Reviewing Contractor Compensation Systems and Practices"
Thursday, February 28, 2013

On February 26, the Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) rescinded its "Voluntary Guidelines" and "Compensation Standards" and issued a new Compensation Directive detailing fundamental changes to compensation investigation procedures.

OSHA publishes Interim Final Rule on Employee Protection (Whistleblower) Provision of ACA and issues a Fact Sheet on Filing ACA Whistleblower Claims
Thursday, February 28, 2013

On February 26, the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued an interim final rule and requested comments on regulations providing procedures for employees to report claims of employer retaliation under the Affordable Care Act.

Employee cannot proceed on Sexual Harassment Claim based on Patient Misconduct, according to Hawaii Federal Judge
Thursday, February 28, 2013

United States District Judge Leslie Kobayashi recently granted summary judgment on an employee's claim of sexual harassment based on inappropriate conduct by a dialysis patient.

Third Circuit allows Employee's Age and Sex Discrimination Claims to Proceed to Trial where Factual Issues exist regarding whether she resigned
Thursday, February 28, 2013

An employee should have a trial on claims that she was terminated due to her age and sex in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII).

Pennsylvania Federal Court Dismisses EEOC Claim that Company Practice of Conducting Random Testing on Probationary Employees Violates ADA
Thursday, February 28, 2013

The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania recently granted an employer's summary judgment motion in a case the EEOC filed challenging the company's practice of conducting random drug and alcohol testing on probationary employees.

National Fitness Center Chain to pay $17.5 million in settlement of FLSA collective action
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Counsel for 862 individuals in a decertified collective action against 24 Hour Fitness have filed a motion seeking court approval of a settlement agreement related to the plaintiffs' Fair Labor Standards Act claims.

Negative Applicant Experience Impacts Employer Recruiting and Product Sales Efforts, according to CareerBuilder survey
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Seventy-five percent of job candidates who submitted applications for employment over the past year failed to hear anything from prospective employers, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey conducted by Harris Interactive.

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Pay Equity in the Workplace: Do Gender-Based Disparities Still Exist?

Pay equity is one of the hottest topics in Human Resources today. It seems like every day there’s a story on pay equity on the news or in various e-newsletters. But what does pay equity really mean? Does pay equity exist already, or how can we create it? Let’s take a look at this sensitive and critical HR topic.

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