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A Call for Standards as At-Home Senior Care Workforce Rapidly Expands

February 27, 2013
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Some 6 million seniors employ in-home caregivers for daily assistance, and that number is expected to double by 2030. Yet many in-home caregivers struggle to make ends meet. More than 90 percent are women, nearly half are minorities, and 40 percent rely on Medicaid and food stamps.
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Businesses Tout Marriage Equality Bill for Workers

February 27, 2013
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The coalition's formation comes at a time when the Obama administration is taking steps to ease federal benefit rules for same-sex domestic partners and spouses.
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How Long Is Too Long for an Unpaid Medical Leave of Absence? Not Two Weeks and a Day

February 27, 2013
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Think long and hard before you deny a request for unpaid time off for an employee's medical issue, and, when in doubt, call your employment counsel for a sanity check.
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Women Represent Untapped Resource for Manufacturing Industry

February 22, 2013
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Women make up about a quarter of the manufacturing industry's workforce, according to a report by Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute. The same report suggests the industry should actively focus on recruiting women to hundreds of thousands of empty positions.
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Caring for Workers Who Care for Mom

February 21, 2013
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There are nearly 10 million adult children over 50 who are responsible for an aging parent, and that is costing companies up to $34 billion a year due to absenteeism and other issues affecting productivity.
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Customer Preference Does Not Protect Employers From Race Discrimination Claims

February 21, 2013
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If you find yourself in a position of having to face down a customer making such a request, take a stand. Tell the customer, “We don't treat our employees like that, and if you can't deal, we don't need your business.” Be the better corporate citizen. It's not just the legal way to act, it's the moral way to act.
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New-Look Health Risk Assessments Employ a Social Strategy

February 20, 2013
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One company is enticing insurers by blending the traditional HRA with social networking, mobile technology, games and behavioral psychology.
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Majority of Employers Hope to Avoid Health Care Reform Compliance Costs: Survey

February 15, 2013
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A survey released by Willis Group Holdings shows a majority of employers say avoiding costs increases brought on by health care reform is very important to their business. Nearly two-thirds of employers who have calculated cost compliance say the law has led to increases, according to the survey.
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We Love Our Phones, but Should Employees Be Paid for Using Them Off-Duty?

February 14, 2013
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If you provide them mobile devices, or let employees BYOD and connect them to your network, have a written policy that tells them they are not required to read or reply to emails after hours. Create a culture that lets your employees escape from work while not at work.
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Pre-existing Perspective: New York Court Rules Against Reimbursing Employer

February 11, 2013
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A New York Appellate court ruled that an injured worker's diabetes and obesity do not qualify as pre-existing conditions.
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