Cheesecake Factory Forced into Consent Decree Over Sexual Harassment

It’s actually just one Cheesecake Factory location in Phoenix that was the subject of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lawsuit that led to a subsequent consent decree. At that location, the EEOC charged that managers looked the other way while male kitchen staff sexually harassed male service staff, including acts such as dragging them […]

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GINA Regs May Bar Employers from Accessing Social Media

Though the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) has already taken effect, the law’s regulations are still in a state of flux at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and have yet to be finalized. One of the contentious issues that is being weighed internally and through public commentary is the right, or lack thereof, of employers […]

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Two Courts Agree that Rehabilitation Act Covers Contractors

The Ninth Circuit Court recently ruled that, unlike the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) which covers only those who are in an employee-employer relationship, the Rehabilitation Act is worded more loosely to cover any "otherwise qualified individual." Thus in reviewing a lawsuit against a hospital, the court ruled in favor of an independent contractor who […]

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One in Four Believes a Co-Worker Capable of Violence

In the wake of the workplace murder of Yale student Annie Le and other tales of co-worker-initiated mass violence such as that at Ft. Hood, one in every four Americans believes a co-worker he or she knows is capable of violence, according to a new Rasmussen poll. According to the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone […]

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DOL Pushes for Mandated Seven Paid Sick Days Minimum

Using the H1N1 pandemic as a selling point for mandating sick leave at work, Department of Labor spokespersons have been testifying in the Senate this week in support of the Healthy Families Act. The proposed bill would require employers to let employees accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, capped […]

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GAO Faults OSHA for Its Injury-Illness Audits

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report faulting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for its handling of the injury-illness reports it collects each year from the nation’s businesses. Each year OSHA audits about 250 of the injury-illness reports it receives from approximately 130,000 high-hazard work sites in the United States. The […]

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Bills Introduced to Extend COBRA Subsidy, Length

Two bills in the House of Representatives aim to extend the eligibility date for subsidies of COBRA health coverage through June 31, 2010. Currently, those involuntarily discharged from their jobs are eligible for a 65-percent subsidy of COBRA health care only if they are terminated by Dec. 31, 2009. Both HR 3930 and HR 3966 embrace the […]

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Insider Identity Theft Accounts for 70% of ID Crime

Don’t let the fox guard the hen house. According to "identity theft expert" Robert Siciliano: "As much as 70 percent of all identity theft is committed by someone with inside access to organizations such as corporations, banks, or government agencies, or by someone who has an existing relationship with the victim. People with access to […]

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ICE Deal Saves Managers from Doing Hard Time

Think that maintaining properly vetted I-9 forms on your employees isn’t that big a deal? The answer –it is a big deal–has been driven home forcefully to management at Columbia Farms in Columbia, S.C. After an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in 2008 discovered hundreds of illegal immigrants working at the poultry plant, most […]

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Wal-Mart Comes Under Fire for Sick Leave Policy

Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, is coming under fire during the H1N1 flu season for its sick-leave policy, which awards demerits for sick days and forces workers to use a floating holiday or vacation day for the first day out (or forfeit their pay for the day). After the first day, the company does offer […]

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