California Becomes Fourth State to Ban Employer Password/Login Demands

California this week joined Delaware, Illinois and Maryland in banning employers' demands for social media information from employees and job applicants. The law prohibits employers from seeking employee login information and passwords to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, a practice that swept into the public consciousness this year and provoked outrage. A […]

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California Enacts Law to Curb Frivolous ADA Lawsuits

With just 12 percent of the nation's disabled persons residing in the state, California faces 40 percent of the nation's Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lawsuits each year, but a recently signed law aims to make it harder for lawyers to file frivolous and shakedown lawsuits. State Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga), who introduced the […]

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E-Verify Program for Federal Contractors Extended Until 2015

The E-Verify online program to determine employee eligibility to work in the U.S. has been extended three years as a requirement for federal contractors and subcontractors. The E-Verify mandate was set to expire on Sept. 30, but Congress included an extension until Sept. 30, 2015, in a recent piece of legislation. Several states also have […]

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EEOC Creates Tools to Educate Young Workers about Discrimination

WASHINGTON — The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released a video and accompanying classroom guides to educate working-age students about sexual harassment and other forms of employment discrimination. These tools were developed as part of EEOC's Youth@Work, an effort to educate America's youth about their employment rights and responsibilities and help employers create positive […]

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DOL Launches 401(k) Fee Disclosure Website for Consumers

The Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has announced a new 401(k) fee disclosure website as a resource for consumers. The new  website, http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/understandingretirementfees.html, offers information on disclosures that, for the first time, will help workers with 401(k)-type retirement plans see what they are paying to invest their savings. It also includes new tips and tools on […]

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NLRB Affirms Acting General Counsel’s Social Media Guidelines

In a decision reached in early September, the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that a company's prohibition against employees' making any online statements that “damage the Company … or damage any person’s reputation” is "overly broad" and thus violates employee rights under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). Affirming an administrative […]

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SBCs Must Be Issued on First Day of Open Enrollment Starting Sept. 23, 2012

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) requires that employers begin issuing what's called a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) on the first day of the company's open enrollment period for group health insurance commencing on or after Sept. 23, 2012.  Thus if a company's open enrollment period runs from Nov. 1 to […]

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Illness Costs American Businesses Half a Trillion Dollars a Year, Study Finds

With the upcoming presidential election hinging on health care and the economy, analysis shows that poor health and its impact on productivity costs the U.S. economy $576 billion per year. This is according to estimates by the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI), a nonprofit health and productivity research organization. In addition to showing the entire financial […]

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E-Verify Website Gets a Makeover and Adds New Features

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has made some improvements and added new features to its E-Verify site, which were implemented Sept. 16. (E-Verify is a voluntary resource that allows employers to check government documents of job applicants to verify their legal eligibility to work in the United States.) The changes are: E-Verify […]

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Statute of Limitations Tolls Against OSHA, Appeals Court Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in a unanimous ruling by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, has been told that it cannot use a five-and-half-year statute of limitations as a standard for issuing fines for safety violation reporting. The OSH Act allows just six months for citing a […]

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