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How Your ZIP Code Determines Your Employees Legal Rights

September 25, 2007
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Sometimes, which laws apply to employees and how the laws are interpreted by the courts is more a function of your ZIP code than anything else.
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Broad Definition Creates Potential Pitfalls for Employers

September 20, 2007
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The voluminous Treasury Department regulations issued in April cover nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements and also regulate compensation devices that many employers have not typically considered as deferred compensation. The penalty for noncompliance is a 20 percent additional tax (imposed on the employee) on the amount of deferred compensation, which includes income plus interest. Further, employers may be subject to withholding and reporting tax penalties. Here is what employers need to know.
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Bush’s Attorney General Nominee Ruled in Cash-Balance Plan Case

September 19, 2007
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Judge Michael Mukasey, in a case involving a cash-balance plan offered by PricewaterhouseCoopers, ruled last year that the plan did not discriminate against older employees. The plan, Mukasey ruled, was age neutral ‘because each participant receives the same pay credit and interest credit each year.’
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Morgan Charged Over CareerBuilder Prospecting Methods

September 12, 2007
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Massachusetts securities regulators have charged Morgan Stanley and three employees with illegally cold-calling individual who placed résumés on CareerBuilder.com.
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China's Contract Law Something for Everyone

September 6, 2007
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The statute, which goes into effect in January, has significant benefits for employers as well as workers and unions. But more important, it may finally bring uniform labor practices to the nation's booming economy.
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Curbing Runaway Discrimination and Harassment Costs

August 7, 2007
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Employers, general counsels and HR professionals have become resourceful in developing ways to reduce or avoid employee claims and the subsequent expenses in employment law actions. Given the current Supreme Court’s willingness to apply the plain meaning of employment statutes, it may also be willing to give business a very powerful weapon in cost control—the recovery of attorneys’ fees from a losing employee/plaintiff.
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Legal Workviews Trapped by Releases

July 27, 2007
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It's been routine to obtain releases from laid-off employees who waive their rights to sue in return for severance pay or benefits. But recent actions by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suggest that the practice could be fraught with risks even for companies with stellar diversity programs and positive EEO track records.
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Stamping Out Workplace Bullies

July 13, 2007
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Bullying is blamed for unnecessarily creating high costs of turnover, insurance claims and thwarted productivity. And anti-bullying bills keep cropping up in state legislatures. But employer attorneys say the way to deal with bullies at work is through existing harassment policies and statutes, not by enacting new laws.
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A Dozen Tips for Bullied Employees

July 13, 2007
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If employees feel they are being targeted by workplace bullies, here are 12 strategies they can use.
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Dealing With Workplace Bullies Tips for HR

July 13, 2007
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Assisting an employee who seeks help after describing an abusive situation can be tricky. The HR professional must be able to distinguish a bully from an earnest but perhaps difficult or even troubled supervisor.
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