Low-Paying Jobs Replacing Mid-Level Positions in Recovery, Study Finds

The hamburger-flipping mantra of the 1980s seems to be playing out at last. Back then, critics of the 1983 recovery claimed the new jobs being created were all, or mostly all, hamburger-flipping positions. That scenario is closer to the truth now that we're deep into the new century. A study released yesterday purports to show […]

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Publicly Traded Companies Face Further SEC Scrutiny for I-9 Violations

In a much-publicized case, an I-9 audit of the Chipotle fast-casual restaurant chain in Minnesota resulted in the company's dismissing 450 employees as unverified workers. Subsequent to that, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials carried out further audits of the Chipotle chain nationwide, including sites in Washington, D.C. When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) […]

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EEOC to Explain ADAAA on Cross-Country Tour

Two Commissioners of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will go on a cross-country tour in September to explain and discuss the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA). The series of training seminars is aimed at employment law practitioners, human resource and equal employment opportunity/diversity specialists, and managers dealing with issues of reasonable […]

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401(k) Employer Matches Make a Rebound

When economic troubles began percolating in 2007-2008, many companies dropped their 401(k) matching-contribution programs to save money. Now a survey by the Charles Schwab Corp. shows that not only has that trend been reversed, but more companies are now offering matching contributions than before the onset of the so-called Great Recession. The Schwab study says […]

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OSHA Details Removal Process for Companies on SVEP

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) since the program's inception in 2010 has placed 288 companies in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), but just recently listed the steps in the process for those companies to be removed from the program. The Directorate of Enforcement Programs (DEP) at OSHA issued the following information regarding […]

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EEOC Loses ‘Frivolous’ Lawsuit and Must Pay $140K in Attorneys’ Fees

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court's summary dismissal of a lawsuit by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against a New Mexico firm and awarded the defendants $140, 571.62 in attorneys' fees. The EEOC was alleging a failure to accommodate for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) […]

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Wal-Mart Fails to Accommodate, Settles Lawsuit for $50,000

In a cautionary tale for all employers covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACA), Wal-Mart is now on the hook for $50,000 and mandated internal reforms at a site where a manager refused to listen to a 22-year employee's request for a reasonable accommodation, instead demanding that she return to full duty. The Equal […]

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Processing Time for Federal Government EEOC Complaints Improves

Federal employees and applicants filed 16,974 complaints of employment discrimination in fiscal year 2011, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC's) “Annual Report on the Federal Work Force Part I:  EEO Complaints Processing for Fiscal Year 2011.”  The report  assesses federal agencies’ equal employment opportunity complaint processing program statistics. Unlike in the private […]

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DOJ Reaches Settlement in I-9 Discrimination Case

Best Packing Services Employment Agency Inc. of Philadelphia will initiate internal reforms and award back wages of $4,379 to two persons whose employment was delayed by the company's misuse of the I-9 employment verification process, following a settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and its Office of Special Counsel (OSC), which enforces immigration policies. […]

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Drive-By, On-the-Spot OSHA Inspection Results in $154,400 Fine

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector driving by a construction site decided that what he saw didn't cut muster, so he dropped in for a surprise inspection. When he departed the firm, he left behind notice of a substantial fine to be paid. All in a day's work, evidently. What the inspector noticed […]

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