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Feature of the Month
Friday, March 29, 2013
Feature of the Month While HR professionals are well aware that handbook policies need regular updating, we often overlook updating other important documents and procedures. For example, when is the last time that your
EEOC Informal Discussion Letter addresses ADA Obligations associated with Voluntary Wellness Programs
Thursday, March 28, 2013

In an Informal Discussion Letter issued earlier this year, the EEOC indicated that employers who provide incentive-based wellness programs may have to provide reasonable accommodations to employees under the Americans with Disabilities Act in certain circumstances.

Veterans Unemployment Rate dropped in 2012
Thursday, March 28, 2013

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the jobless rate for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces fell by 1.3 percentage points to 7.0%, whereas the unemployment rate for veterans serving on active duty sometime after September 2001 declined by 2.2 percentage point to 9.9%.

Department of Labor opens Online Business Center for Employee Recruiting, Training and Retention
Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Department of Labor recently announced the opening of its CareerOneStop Business Center, which includes tips about recruiting qualified candidates through local American Job Centers, and access to local training and educational institutions.

Eighth Circuit affirms jury award of $180,000 to Company Controller on Wrongful Termination Claim
Thursday, March 28, 2013

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit recently affirmed a jury award of almost $180,000 to a plaintiff who worked as a controller and was the only woman among the employer's executive staff.

Insurance Investigators qualify for Administrative Exemption under FLSA, according to the Sixth Circuit
Thursday, March 28, 2013

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that insurance investigators qualified for an administrative exemption from the overtime requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Second Circuit holds that Striking Home Health Care Aides created a Reasonably Foreseeable Risk of Imminent Danger to Patients by failing to Show for Work without Notice
Thursday, March 28, 2013

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently denied a National Labor Relations Board request to enforce an agency Decision and Order finding that a company providing home health care services violated the National Labor Relations Act by refusing to immediately reinstate 48 home health care aides who failed to report to their patients' homes during a strike period, after indicating their intention to work.

Companies seek to reward Talent by identifying Growth Opportunities within their Organization's Career Framework
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Employers focusing on creating opportunities for key talent are working to implement career frameworks within their organization to help identify paths that prepare workers for leadership roles, according to a recent Career Framework Practices Survey published by Mercer.

Feature of the Month:

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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