Majority of Workers Say Employers Lack H1N1 Preparations

Worse, nearly 85 percent of those surveyed by Mansfield Communications said they feel pressured to come to work even if they come down with the H1N1 swine flu because of the tough economy. Nearly 70 percent also said their employers have communicated nothing and made no preparations for a possible swine flu resurgence. On a […]

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DOL Recovers $1.4 Billion in Lost Wages Over Eight Years

The Department of Labor (DOL) and its Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recovered some $1.4 billion in unpaid overtime and other wages in the eight-year period ending in 2008, and that was under the Bush administration, which has been accused of lax enforcement by the incoming Obama administration and its DOL secretary, Hilda Solis. Accordingly, Secretary […]

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Baby Boomers Turn to Social Security When Downsized

The Social Security system has been deluged by unemployed Baby Boomers–many of whom would still be working in better times–who are signing up for retirement benefits at a record clip. Social Security applications are up 23 percent this year, and disability applications up 20 percent. As a result, the system projects deficits of $10 billion […]

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The Next Time Somone Requests a Religious Accommodation…

Be careful. Here’s the official Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) definition given at a recent training seminar: Religion includes not only traditional organized religion, but also "moral or ethical beliefs as to what is right and wrong which are sincerely held with the strength of traditional religious views." Note that just about any belief, including atheism, […]

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HHS Interim Final Rule Provides Cover for HIPAA Breaches

They ain’t publicizing it, but it’s there: A harm threshold in the Interim Final Rule published yesterday (Sept. 23, 2009) by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that lets covered entities avoid ever admitting to a private health information (PHI) breach. The secret? Just encrypt the data. As the Interim Final Rule says, […]

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Can’t Get Rid of the Employee? Just Eliminate the Department

I’m not sure if this is what’s happening or not, but it looks suspiciously so: The Department of Labor (DOL) is eliminating its Employment Standards Administration (ESA) effective Nov. 8. After that, the four agencies/departments now administered by the ESA will report directly to the DOL secretary. Which looks to me like a ploy to eliminate […]

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Public Support for Unions Slips to Historic Low

Good news comes from Gallup–and the good ol’ American public itself–for those business owners and managers who fear that a tidal wave of unionization will increase their costs and rigidize (is that a word? how about comatose-ize?) their workforces. Public support for unions has plunged to the lowest depths ever–just 48 percent of Americans approve […]

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No Inflation, So No Minimum Wage Hikes in 10 States

Beleaguered employers who struggle to make ends meet in tough times can take a breather this year as ten states that tie their minimum wage into the inflation rate will be holding rates steady this year. Reason: There is no inflation; rather there’s deflation. States use different statistical measures and time-frames (July to July, September to […]

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Blogger Tweets Her Way Out of Unwanted Surgery

Amid all the pop nonsense and rumor mongering and character assassinating going on at Twitter, one lucky blogger found the service useful in helping her avoid what she believed to be unnecessary surgery. Sarah Cortes, a technology consultant and blogger, found herself in a rural Pennsylvania hospital with a spine fracture. She claims the hospital […]

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World’s Millionaire Ranks Thinned by Almost 20 Percent

The Grim Recession Reaper is out there weeding out the super rich by the bushel-full as the ranks of millionaires worldwide have fallen by 18 percent–22 percent in North America–while their assets plunged in one year by a whopping $13 trillion. Poor folk, they used to control about $105 trillion in wealth, but they were […]

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