San Francisco to Have Highest Minimum Wage in 2012

Eight states are set to raise their minimum hourly wage rates on Jan. 1, 2012, with Washington topping the list at $9.04 an hour, but San Francisco is the lone governmental entity with a minimum wage above the 10-dollar range. Though other cities enforce "living wages" for businesses that do contracted work for them, San […]

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Time to Update Your Employee Handbook for 2012

Human resource and employment law professionals are urging businesses to review their employee handbooks for the upcoming year in light of several changes in the field of social media policy over the past 12 months. As many of you know, the National Labor Relations Board—in addition to mandating a new Employee Rights Poster—has clarified what […]

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Supreme Court to Decide Issue of Pharma Reps’ Overtime Status

Federal appeals courts have ruled differently on the issue of whether pharmaceutical sales representatives are or are not exempt from the overtime pay provision of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), so today the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider the issue. The case in question is Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp. Christopher and other […]

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OSHA Issues Guidelines for Workplace Violence Inspections

Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued no standard on workplace violence, it has cited certain companies for failure to prevent violence under section 5(a)(1) of the OSH Act, generally known as the general duty clause. Stepping into the breach to prevent future incidents of violence, especially homicide, OSHA has instructed its […]

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OSHA Smartphone App Said to Cost $200K and Not Be Accurate

A smartphone app introduced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to measure heat safety in work environments reportedly cost $200,000 to develop and returns inaccurate readings of temperatures. Of course, this information comes courtesy of a hacker who runs a job board called gun.jo and whose name is Rich Jones. "When I first […]

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EEOC and OFCCP Sign New MOU on Joint Discrimination Case Jurisdiction

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP) have signed a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) to settle jurisdictional issues that arise when overlapping discrimination claims are filed. Generally, this occurs when the discrimination charge reported to the OFCCP involves violations of Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

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NLRB to Vote on Expedited Union Organizing Election Rules Nov. 30

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is down to three members and faces a Dec. 31 drop-dead date when there will be just two members, has scheduled a vote on Nov. 30 on expedited rules for union organizing elections. When the NLRB, due to a conflict between the White House and Congress, was reduced […]

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Veterans Job Bill Passes Congress, Obama to Sign Soon

The VOW to Hire Heroes Act has  passed the House unanimously after the Senate earlier amended it. President Obama intends to sign it soon. Originally part of the failed American Jobs Act, the bill establishes tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed veterans and was included as an amendment to tax legislation that passed earlier […]

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EEOC Wins $365 Million for Workplace Bias Victims in YF2011

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that it recovered a record $365 million for victims of workplace discrimination in fiscal 2011 through administrative enforcement. In FY 2011, the EEOC claims it produced historic levels in its year-end results. Most notably, the pending inventory of private sector charges was reduced by more than 8,000 charges […]

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EBSA Creates New Consumer Web Page for Benefits Assistance

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has created a new consumer assistance Web page that provides easy access to useful information and allows users to submit questions and complaints about health and retirement plans electronically. "Helping retirement and health plan participants find answers to questions about their benefits and providing assistance […]

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