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Federal Court Overturns Ruling in Employer Retaliation Suit

June 9, 2009
In a decision hailed as a victory for employers, a federal appellate court ruled last week that only those who have been directly involved in protected activity under federal civil rights law, not others only associated with them, can file a retaliation claim.
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Dear Workforce How Do I Counsel My Companys Morale-Killing CEO (and Not Get Fired)

May 19, 2009
I am the HR director at a small company. I have been asked by the head of our small company to counsel my boss, who is the company CEO, about his tendency for insulting employees and making racist comments in e-mail messages. The same CEO has made derogatory comments about me, and retaliated against some employees (including firing) who have brought his defects to light. Morale is extremely low, from district managers to the corporate office, yet our company has never done better financially. As a result, our company's directors don't want to change CEOs. How do I handle his request for me to counsel my own boss?
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WARN Act Liability

An employer’s plant closing or mass layoff occurring before the conclusion of the WARN 60-day period may not violate the law if the closing or mass layoff is caused by business circumstances that were not reasonably foreseeable at the time the notice would have been required.
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GM Says 7,500 Hourly Workers Accept Latest Buyout

March 26, 2009
The buyouts are part of GM’s attempt to reduce costs while convincing a U.S. auto task force that it merits $16.6 billion in additional federal aid. They will also allow the company to hire any new workers at lower wages.
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Some Idled Employees May See Workers’ Comp as Income Spinner

February 23, 2009
Bosses say injured workers are delaying their return to uncertain jobs, while laid-off staffers are filing new injury claims. Despite economic conditions, most employees resolve their claims as soon as is medically possible if employers treat them fairly and with respect, one observer says.
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