Small Businesses Can Now Offer Investment Advice

With a new rule issued by the Department of Labor (DOL) this past week, small business owners will now be allowed to offer investment advice to employees on their 401(k), IRA or other retirement vehicles. Small businesses that offer retirement plans were previously barred from giving investment advice since, as fiduciaries, offering advice would be […]

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AT&T Settles Age Discrimination Lawsuit with the EEOC

Telecommunications giant AT&T has agreed to cease discriminatory policies to settle an age discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency announced today. The EEOC had charged that AT&T, Inc. and a number of its subsidiaries discriminated against a class of retired AT&T workers by denying them the opportunity for reemployment […]

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Female Employees Join New Class Action Against Wal-Mart

Female employees of Wal-Mart outlets in California have joined in a class-action lawsuit against the firm in an effort to elude the restrictions placed on such efforts by the Supreme Court in its Dukes v. Wal-Mart decision. In that case, the court ruled that a nationwide suit was too broad to meet class-action standards. Attorneys for […]

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OSHA Submits HAZCOM/GHS Final Rule to OMB for Approval

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has submitted its final rule to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) into its Hazard Communication Standard (HAZCOM) to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval. Approval—or back to the drawing board—will come within 90 days. Developed by the United […]

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OSHA Announces Site-Specific Targeting Program

From a list of 14,600 worksites designated for inspection in April, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has winnowed the group to 3,700 work places to be inspected under the just-announced Site-Specific Targeting Program (SST). The final list was culled using data from what OSHA calls the DART (Days Away, Restricted, or Transferred) and […]

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EEOC Working With 200 Companies on National Mediation Agreements

With its recent announcement that it had entered into a National Mediation Agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is now helping more than 200 firms nationwide resolve disputes with their employees without going to court. The EEOC is charged with enforcing the harassment and discrimination statutes of […]

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DOL Partners With Facebook to Help Job Seekers

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis unveiled an innovative partnership via a live Web stream on Thursday (Oct. 20, 2011) that brings together the U.S. Labor Department, Facebook, the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. In addition, Facebook debuted a new Social Jobs Partnership page that […]

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Seattle Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance

The city of Seattle has passed an ordinance requiring businesses within the city to offer sick and safe days to workers who qualify. Sick days may be for the employee or to care for family members. Safe days provide domestic violence victims days off to relocate, file charges, or attend court proceedings. The ordinance will […]

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OSHA Issues Two Rights Booklets, One for Employees, One for Employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published and made available two free booklets, one for employees called Workers' Rights, and one for employers called Employer Rights and Responsibilities. The latter focuses on what employers can and must do following an OSHA inspection and citation. Workers' Rights replaces an earlier OSHA publication entitled Employee […]

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OSHA Offers Heat Index App for Android Smartphones

On the heels of its time-keeping smartphone app for tracking hours worked, the Department of Labor (DOL) is now introducing a smartphone app to measure the heat index at a work site. It is available now for Android operating systems, with apps promised soon for the iPhone and Blackberry. The app allows workers and supervisors […]

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