Benefits survey shows many employers struggling with health insurance costs

January 16, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Each January, HR Hero conducts an online survey about health insurance and retirement benefits offered by our readers’ organizations. Most of the questions are similar each year and provide a good comparison to previous years. The one thing that changes is the essay question. And this year, boy did we hit a nerve with that one.

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Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act passed

January 09, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Update: U.S. Senate has passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and it has been sent to President Barack Obama. He is scheduled to sign the bill into law on Jan. 29, 2009.

In one of its first major employment law actions of the year, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that will significantly ease the time limits for employees to file wage discrimination claims.

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 (H.R. 11) passed the House January 9 with a vote of 247-171. The Act amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) to declare that an unlawful employment practice occurs not only upon adoption of a discriminatory compensation decision or practice but also when the individual becomes subject to the decision or practice, as well as each additional application of that decision or practice. In other words, each time compensation is paid.

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Benefits 2009 HR Hero Survey

January 09, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Each January, HR Hero asks its readers about the benefits their company plans to offer in the new year. With the changes in the economy and employers looking for ways to cut expenses, will they be reducing benefits or passing more of the cost of them on to employee?

Take the survey and we’ll report the results in next week’s HR Hero Line.

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New E-Verify Rule for Federal Contractors Delayed

January 09, 2009 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Update: E-verify deadline moved to September 2009

Federal contractors have been given at least a temporary reprieve from the E-Verify regulations that were set to go into effect January 15. Under the plan, the contractors would be required to begin using the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services E-Verify system to ensure that their employees are eligible to work in the United States.

Several business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, filed a lawsuit last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland seeking to have the court rule that the E-Verify regulations are unconstitutional. The court immediately ordered the U.S. government and the business groups to confer by next Monday to see if some compromise could be reached regarding the January 15 effective date. The parties have agreed to postpone the effective date to February 20. In the meantime, they will present their legal arguments to the court, which is expected to rule before February 20 on whether the regulations can withstand a constitutional challenge.

Employee Privacy Challenges & Solutions

December 31, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

M. Lee Smith Publishers and HR Hero have just released a new HR executive special report on employee privacy challenges for HR pros – Employee Privacy Challenges & Solutions: Electronic Monitoring, Health Information, Personnel Files, and More. The report is written by employment law attorney Katherine Novak Townsend.

Employee Privacy Challenges & Solutions, is a comprehensive guide for employers for monitoring employee activities and communications — without infringing on workers’ legal rights. In plain-English, it explains issues including: read more…

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Employee Privacy Challenges & Solutions

December 31, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

M. Lee Smith Publishers and HR Hero have just released a new HR executive special report on employee privacy challenges for HR pros – Employee Privacy Challenges & Solutions: Electronic Monitoring, Health Information, Personnel Files, and More. The report is written by employment law attorney Katherine Novak Townsend.

Employee Privacy Challenges & Solutions, is a comprehensive guide for employers for monitoring employee activities and communications — without infringing on workers’ legal rights. In plain-English, it explains issues including: read more…

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New Employment Laws and Regulations Going into Effect

December 31, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

While the world has been focused on the U.S. and global economic meltdown, a historic presidential election, and staggering unemployment numbers, some pretty significant changes have been made in federal employment laws and regulations with most going into effect in just a few weeks. A recent issue of HR Hero Line includes a roundup of those laws and regulations including:

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Wal-Mart Agrees to Major Class-Action Settlement

December 30, 2008 - by: HR Hero 5 COMMENTS

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has announced that it will pay a minimum of $352 million to settle wage and hour lawsuits across the country, possibly the largest such settlement ever. The 63 wage and hour class-action lawsuits that are being settled have been pending for several years, according to a statement from the company.

Each of the settlements is subject to approval by the trial court. The total settlement amount will depend on the amount of claims submitted by class members, according to the company statement. The total will be at least $352 million and no more than $640 million. Also, as part of the settlements, Wal-Mart has agreed to continue to use electronic systems and other measures to maintain compliance with wage and hour laws.

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Lawsuit Challenges Milwaukee Paid Leave Ordinance

December 23, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

On Monday, Dec. 22, 2008, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce (MMAC) filed a lawsuit in Milwaukee County Circuit Court asking the court to find that the Milwaukee Sick Leave Ordinance, passed through referendum in November and set for enforcement beginning in February, is invalid and unenforceable.

The MMAC is also requesting that the court grant its request for a temporary and permanent injunction prohibiting the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from enforcing the ordinance. A hearing on this injunction request is set for January 29, 2009.

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HHS Regs Offer Protection for Health Care Providers’ Moral Beliefs

December 19, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

In a remarkably last-minute fashion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued final regulations protecting health care providers who withhold medical care based on conflicting moral beliefs.

The rule, which covers federally funded health care providers, takes effect January 18, 2009 — the required 30 days after its under-the-wire December 19 publication. The provisions of the rule are intended to: read more…

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