Dealing with Obamacare: Beware of potential ERISA pitfalls

The healthcare reform law has left employers with a lot of important decisions to make. But further complicating matters is a tricky section in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).   Section...
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Sex harassment: 2 companies that screwed up big-time

These two companies aren’t exactly role models when it comes to handling sex harassment complaints. An inappropriate use of streaming In the first case, an office furniture and office supply company...
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She was only harassed at one of her many work locations, so …

This woman had many supervisors, and only one of them harassed her. Is that a hostile work environment?  Lisa Dahlke worked as a part-time banker for a bank with several locations in the Milwaukee area....
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ADA roundup: 3 new settlements that cost firms big

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is showing no signs of letting up on disability lawsuits.  ‘You can’t work with children’ In the first case, a hospital in Sibley,...
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Hiring managers biased against women? Study says yes

A new study says managers of both genders have a hard-wired bias toward hiring men.   Indeed, the research, compiled by business profs at Northwestern University, University of Chicago and Columbia University,...
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He wasn’t fired in layoff — and yet he’s still suing?

Most people would be relieved to be spared from a reduction-in-force. Not this guy. Roger Maxwell had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for over two decades when he filed an internal EEO charge. (The...
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Will DOL get $41 million bump to ratchet up enforcement efforts?

The president has handed Congress his budget proposal for 2015. And it carries some bad news for employers.   In total, President Obama has proposed cutting the DOL an $11.8 billion check, much of which...
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Why it may make sense to force employees to use FMLA leave

FMLA leave and vacation time collide in this bizarre case involving poultry, Guatemala and a massive miscommunication. Maria Escriba, a former employee at a poultry farm, was familiar with taking FMLA...
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Even sports teams have to deal with the FLSA

Two recent lawsuits highlight wage-and-hour issues in an industry not typically associated with the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): professional sports.  Play ball? In the first case, three minor league...
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Staffer disagreement led to poisoning? Really?

And you thought your employees’ squabbles were hard to deal with.   Nursefinders is a staffing company that provides pre-screened nurses and medical personnel to hospitals and other facilities. The...
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