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EMPLOYER TO PAY $302,000 FOR HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION

August 19, 2013

A home healthcare provider has agreed to pay $302,500 in back pay and damages to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit was filed when the company terminated three women who had complained of sexual harassment by their ...

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NEW OSHA RULE TO LIMIT WORKER EXPOSURE TO SILICA

August 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, ...

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VETS 100/100A REPORTS DUE SEPTEMBER 30

August 13, 2013

The filing deadline for VETS-100 and VETS-100A reporting is September 30, 2013. The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) annually collects from federal contractors and subcontractors the number of employees in their workforces, by job category and ...

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NLRB HAS FIVE SENATE CONFIRMED MEMBERS

August 9, 2013

For the first time in a decade, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has a full quota of five Senate confirmed members. Four new members, all nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed last month by the U.S. Senate, have been sworn into office. NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce was ...

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DECEMBER 1ST HAZARDOUS COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING DEADLINE

August 5, 2013

As previously reported , in 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its “Hazard Communication Standard,” aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. Under the revised standard, employers are required to train employees on the ...

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AVOIDING DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS IN THE HIRING PROCESS

July 29, 2013

Employment discrimination lawsuits continue to demonstrate an upward trend of EEOC’s charge filings and litigation. At the same time, these cases offer warning examples to employers on how to avoid lawsuits. Three recent hiring discrimination lawsuits involving male employees, female ...

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EEO-1 REPORT DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30

July 22, 2013

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced that it has completed its mailing of the 2013 EEO-1 survey Notification Letters. The EEO-1 is an annual survey that requires certain private employers and federal government contractors to file the EEO-1 report. The filing of ...

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NEW VIDEO FOCUSES ON HEALTH CARE CHANGES

July 16, 2013

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released a new animated video that explains many of the upcoming changes in health care law.  Kaiser is a non-profit, private operating foundation focusing on major health care issues and health policy analysis. The Foundation also publishes information and ...

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TIPS FOR EMPLOYERS WHO OUTSOURCE PAYROLL DUTIES

July 12, 2013

The IRS has issued tips for employers who outsource their payroll and related tax duties to third-party payers such as payroll service providers and reporting agents. While most of these providers are reputable and provide good service, the IRS warns that some are dishonest and have been ...

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FAQ: SEXUAL HARASSMENT

July 10, 2013

Question: what is sexual harassment and does it include offhand comments or teasing? Answer: Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 . Harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, ...

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