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Gender Bias Claims Not Slowing Down

March 6, 2011
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Employer policies help, but rising awareness fuels complaints.
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CIGNA Lawsuit Claims Gender Bias

March 3, 2011
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The lawsuit seeks class-action status, alleging that there is a pattern of gender discrimination at CIGNA Healthcare. The lawsuit seeks unspecified compensation and punitive damages and a restructuring of CIGNA Healthcare’s workforce “so that females are promoted into higher and better-paying classifications."
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Determine Our Staff Level?

January 18, 2011
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Our oil-exploration company is struggling to understand staffing ratios. How can we know the best ratio of support to operations staff?
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What Employers Should Know About Hiring Independent Contractors

December 28, 2010
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Employers can protect themselves from legal liability arising out of the hiring of independent contractors by adhering to some guidelines.
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High Courts Ruling on Wal-Mart Case Could Impact Future of Class-Action Lawsuits

December 16, 2010
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Experts note that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has a particularly high rate among federal appeals courts of having its decisions overturned by the Supreme Court.
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Regarding Disciplinary Action Toward an Employee, Is Honesty the Best Policy?

December 16, 2010
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The legal benefits from making the effort to explain a disciplinary action far outweigh the discomfort that may be involved.
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Labor Department Sues Houston-Based Staffing Firm

November 22, 2010
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The lawsuit also seeks to permanently bar the defendants from serving in a fiduciary capacity in any plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
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Your Employee Has Joined a Competitor Now What

September 2, 2010
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The departure of an employee to pursue an opportunity with a direct competitor is not uncommon, but employers can take steps to minimize the risk of harm.
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Worker Can Pursue Pregnancy Bias, ADA Claims for Transfer

August 13, 2010
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After Heather Spees’ doctor said she needed bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy, she was terminated and told the reason was ‘for being pregnant,’ according to the opinion.
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Cutting the Gordian Knot Requirements for Electronic I-9 Storage

July 30, 2010
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Commentary: Public Law 108-390 amended the Immigration and Nationality Act to allow electronic signature and electronic storage of I-9 forms, but the regulations implementing it have created a web of confusion.
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