• PBGC shifts reporting focus to large plans and sponsors with highest default risk

    September 14, 2015 | HR News

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) announced new final rules for reportable events, focusing on the minority of plans and sponsors that pose the greatest risk of defaulting on their financial obligations. The new rules provide most plan sponsors with increased flexibility to determine whether a waiver from reporting will apply, in response to comments End excerpt

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  • Virginia Supreme Court addresses lost wages, punitive damages claims

    September 9, 2015 | HR News

    By Bill Ruhling When a former employee claims wrongful termination, a common way he can establish damages is to assert that his future earning capacity was impaired. To adequately assess such a claim, a jury needs to have sufficient evidence to calculate a nonspeculative amount that will provide fair compensation. What type of evidence is End excerpt

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  • Almost 250,000 public comments on proposed overtime rules

    September 9, 2015 | HR News

    By Susan Prince, JD, Legal Editor The public comment period for the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the overtime regulations ended on September 4th, 2015. Almost 250,000 comments were received, which represent the diverse views on the proposed changes—particularly the steep increase to the salary level required for exemption. For more information on End excerpt

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  • Sign up with a click—Union authorization goes digital

    September 9, 2015 | HR News

    By Jasmin Rojas, JD, Legal Editor Attention nonunion employers—quickie union elections probably just got quicker! This is because on September 1, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel issued a guidance memorandum explaining that unions can now use electronic signatures to support a showing of interest related to a union election petition. Other End excerpt

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  • Could discharged employee prove age discrimination?

    August 25, 2015 | HR News

    A recent case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit—which covers Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas—dealt with an age discrimination case in which the discharged employee argued that similarly situated younger employees weren’t terminated for similar performance violations. Let’s see how the court analyzed the matter.

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  • New Jersey court applies new sexual harassment defense to race claim

    August 25, 2015 | HR News

    A New Jersey appellate court recently upheld the dismissal of a hostile work environment race discrimination and harassment claim, finding the employer took action to prevent discrimination, properly addressed the employee’s complaint, and prevented further discrimination against him.

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  • Addressing alcoholism, the FMLA, and ADA in the workplace

    August 25, 2015 | HR News

    Alcoholism is at a near epidemic rate in the United States. Recent statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reveal that 16.6 million adults ages 18 and older have an alcohol use disorder, including 10.8 million men and 5.8 million women.

    It is inevitable that employees suffering from alcoholism will have performance and attendance issues, potentially implicating the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related state laws. Precisely which employees are protected and what employers need to do to address alcoholism in the workplace can be complicated.

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  • Work-life challenges across generations: Millennials, parents hit hardest, says survey

    August 24, 2015 | HR News

    Knowing that Millennials and parents are under increasing pressure, EY, a company that provides professional services,conducted a survey to understand what employees seek in a job—why they quit, why they stay, and how this differs by generation.

    The study consisted of approximately 9700 adults aged 18 through 67—who are full time employees—across a variety of companies in the US, UK, India, Japan, China, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil.

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  • Accountemps survey reveals the top challenges plaguing post-college graduates

    August 20, 2015 | HR News

    College students may be heading back to school soon, but they won’t find everything they need to know for their jobs in their textbooks. In an Accountemps survey, more than half (56%) of accounting and finance professionals said they felt only somewhat prepared for their first job after graduation; another 14% indicated they were not at all prepared.

    Respondents were unready for their first professional jobs in multiple ways. Almost half (49%) of those surveyed indicated that the knowledge they gained in the classroom didn’t translate to their position. One-third (33%) said they felt ill-equipped to handle office politics.

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  • What healthcare insurance reform issues should employers be focusing on now?

    August 4, 2015 | HR News

    Since healthcare insurance reform (also known as the Affordable Care Act or the ACA) became law in 2010, employers have been busy trying to make sure they understand the law’s intricacies and how to remain in compliance with all its myriad provisions.

    New laws and regs surrounding ACAThis summer, the law survived yet another judicial challenge when the U.S. Supreme Court decided in King v. Burwell that ACA tax credits are available to individuals in states that have federal exchanges. Essentially, the ruling meant that nothing changed for employers regarding their healthcare insurance reform requirements.

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