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Hewitt, Enron Creditors Agree to $11.2 Million Settlement

March 17, 2008
The Department of Labor asserted that Hewitt erroneously caused the fund to have insufficient cash to pay Enron workers, retirees and beneficiaries the amounts owed to them when in 2006 they overpaid some participants at the expense of the remaining participants, resulting in a $9.15 million shortfall in the fund.
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SuccessFactors Sues Softscape

March 12, 2008
HR software company SuccessFactors has filed a lawsuit against rival vendor Softscape alleging false advertising, unfair competition and other claims.
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Judge OKs Settlement in New York Life ERISA

March 12, 2008
Some $4.2 million of the settlement goes to attorney fees and administrative costs. The remaining amount will be deposited in the New York Life retirement plans to directly benefit the plans’ participants involved in the settlement class.
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FTC Ends Monster Data Security Probe

February 22, 2008
Monster Worldwide has dodged a bullet from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission related to a major data breach last year. The parent company of electronic job board Monster said an FTC probe into the breach was resolved.
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DOL Goes After Hewitt Over Enron Disbursements

February 8, 2008
The agency has asked a federal court hold the HR firm in civil contempt for failing to comply with a court-approved allocation formula in distributing settlement funds to Enron employees. Hewitt says the settlement fund will be $9 million short.
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Weeding Out the Passive-Aggressive, the Liar and the Blamer

January 25, 2008
Based on his 30 years in practice, attorney Alan L. Rupe says there are three behaviors common to plaintiffs in trumped-up employment lawsuits: They’re passive-aggressive; they exaggerate or lie; or they refuse to accept personal responsibility for their own poor performance. Those three behaviors cause trouble in the workplace, too. Here’s some practical HR advice on weeding them out before they become plaintiffs.
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