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Best Practices for Conducting Criminal Background Checks

December 7, 2011
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From the National Employment Law Project's guide Criminal Background Checks: A Best Practices Guide for Employers:
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Confronting Barriers: An Interview With Lex Frieden

December 6, 2011
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As part of our 90th anniversary, Workforce Management is talking to some of the people and organizations that helped influence today's workplace. In this installment, Workforce Management contributor Susan Hauser speaks with Lex Frieden about the origins of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Frieden is a professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center. The act was born partly out of his service as director of the National Council on the Handicapped (now the National Council on Disability) as well as his own experience of being denied admission to one university because he used a wheelchair.
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Desperate Housewife Sentenced in Huge California Workers' Comp Scam

December 6, 2011
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Investigators found the would-be reality TV star and her husband submitted 42 fraudulent claims and underreported tens of millions of dollars in payroll to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums.
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U.S. Agency Accuses Cargill of Discrimination, Seeks to Halt $60M in Contracts

December 2, 2011
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The OFCCP said it has been unable to secure a fair resolution from Cargill to pay back wages and interest to the rejected job applicants and to extend job offers to at least 167of the affected workers.
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When Johnny or Janey Comes Marching Home

November 28, 2011
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Veterans find it's a tough terrain in getting from the battlefield to their chosen field.
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Arrest of Mercedes Executive in Alabama Renews Debate Over Immigration Laws

November 22, 2011
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Alabama's immigration law is considered among the toughest in the nation, according to legal experts. Some parts of the code, such as requiring public schools to determine the citizenship status of students and their parents, have been blocked by federal courts.
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New Law Sinks Teeth into Misclassification of Workers

November 21, 2011
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Recently signed California legislation comes just weeks after the Labor Department announced a memorandum of understanding with the IRS that, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said, would bring the agencies together ‘to end the practice of misclassifying employees.'
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OSHA Tightens Its Fall Protection Rules

November 17, 2011
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The new directive states that all residential construction industry employers must protect their workers who are engaged in work at six feet or more above lower levels by conventional fall protection systems or by other fall protection measures.
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PBGC Deficit Hits Record $26 Billion

November 15, 2011
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As was the case in the prior fiscal year, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Fund did not incur any multibillion-dollar losses in fiscal 2011.
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Court Ruling Puts Workplace Grief on Trial

November 14, 2011
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Even though the defendants avoided liability, grief recovery experts say the case illustrates the pitfalls for managers who are not trained to be sufficiently sensitive toward and educated about grief.
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