DOL Conducting East Coast Farm Sweep for Labor Violations

Beginning in Homestead, Fla., in March, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has been conducting an agricultural labor law compliance sweep up the East Coast of America, already recovering $670,770 in back wages and assessing $128,850 in fines. The sweep so far has netted 20 farms, packing houses and other agricultural operations. […]

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OSHA Opens Interactive Site for Injury-Illness Reporting Questions

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently unveiled a new interactive web tool to help users determine whether injuries and illnesses are work-related and recordable under the OSHA Recordkeeping rules. The OSHA Recordkeeping Advisor is an interactive tool that simulates an employer's interaction with a Recordkeeping rules expert. The Advisor relies on the users' responses […]

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Massachusetts Mulls Price Controls on Romneycare

In a convoluted statement, the Massachusetts Attorney General is proposing a variation of price controls on health care in the state. AG Martha Coakley, who famously lost to Scott Brown in the Senate election of 2010, issued a report that recommended "at least setting temporary statutory restrictions on how much prices may vary for comparable […]

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Disparate Treatment in Hiring Rampant, Testimony to EEOC Indicates

Deliberate discrimination against job seekers based on their race, sex, age, national origin or other prohibited basis remains a major national problem, a battery of experts told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) at a Commission meeting yesterday (June 22, 2011). “Intentional discrimination in hiring remains a significant problem,” said EEOC Chair Jacqueline A. […]

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NLRB Publishes Notice of Proposed Rule to Speed Up Union Elections

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) today (June 22, 2011) is publishing in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to amend election rules that will allow for electronic filing and speedier voting time-frames and result-publishing. “Resolving representation questions quickly, fairly and accurately has been an overriding goal of American labor law […]

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OSHA to Publish Proposed Rule Today on Illness, Injury Reporting

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is publishing in the Federal Register today (June 22, 2011) a proposed rule to amend Appendix A in Subpart B of Its Injury and Illness Recording and Reporting regulation. Appendix A contains a list of industries that are partially exempt from maintaining records of occupational injuries and illnesses, […]

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SCOTUS Hands Wal-Mart Huge Victory, Changes Rules for Class Action Lawsuits

The U.S. Supreme Court has given the nation's second largest employer a sweeping victory by ruling that a multi-billion-dollar class action discrimination lawsuit cannot proceed because it lacks "convincing proof of a companywide discrimination pay and promotion policy." The suit against Wal-Mart was cobbled together to represent 1.5 million female and minority employees, all claiming […]

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OSHA to Survey 19,000 Businesses to Help Design Future Rules and More

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is asking as many as 19,000 businesses nationwide to participate in its Baseline Survey of Safety and Health Practices to help the agency better shape future rules, compliance programs, and outreach efforts. The voluntary survey will be sent to companies of all sizes and across all industries. Results […]

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ICE to Send Out 1,000 Notices of I-9 Audits

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced it will notify 1,000 companies nationwide of its intent to audit their full hiring records to determine if they're in compliance with the nation's employment eligibility verification laws. Not only will ICE be examining the companies' I-9 employment verification forms but also all payroll records, copies of immigration […]

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EEOC to Hold Hearing on ’21st Century’ Hiring Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been busy investigating and holding public hearings on different types of so-called unintentional discrimination acts in hiring, acts which are based upon employers' use of credit checks, arrest records, and employment status ("The Unemployed Need Not Apply"). Next week the commission announced it will turn its attention to […]

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