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DOL Budget Increases Enforcement Funding Amid Other Cuts

February 1, 2010
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The agency is beefing up its enforcement staff in the Wage and Hour Division and OSHA. It also is funding new training initiatives. A Republican congressman decried the approach as one designed to ‘demonize’ employers.
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TV Companies Settle Writers Age Bias Suits for $70 Million

January 26, 2010
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About two-thirds of the settlement will be paid by insurers, according to a joint announcement by both sides in the dispute. An attorney did not respond to a call seeking further information.
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Special Report Compensation & Salary ForecastMoney Talks

January 12, 2010
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Ongoing salary cuts and freezes send a sour message that threatens performance and productivity. Compensation experts recommend restoring base pay and merit increases to pre-recession levels as quickly as business results allow.
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Study Finds Widespread Wage Theft

January 12, 2010
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A new landmark pay records investigation documents rampant wage-and-hour law violations that translate into wage theft of 15 percent of earnings, or a labor cost advantage of 15 percent for employers that violate the law—more than enough to undercut competitor companies.
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The Four Types of Training That Should Never Be Cut

January 6, 2010
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The recession has put employers under attack from employees and government enforcement agencies, making four kinds of training essential. This article describes why the four are vital, and offers return-on-investment arguments for each.
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Top Five Legal Issues for Employers in 2010

January 6, 2010
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Fueled by negative economic conditions, substantial layoffs and salary reductions, employees are aggressively seeking relief through challenges to their employers’ policies and practices. While the financial prospects for 2010 show some signs of improvement, there is no question that employers will see a continued increase in the breadth and amount of litigation.
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University Study Says Temps Not Trapped

December 22, 2009
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Temporary employees received about 15 percent more in pay per hour than traditional employees. However, quarterly earnings tend to be lower for temporary workers.
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Texas Raising Unemployment Taxes

December 10, 2009
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State unemployment taxes are experience-rated based on the number of unemployment claims filed against an employer. The more claims, the more an employer must pay.
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Overtime Pay Plan for Flexible Workweek Approved

November 11, 2009
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Employers may implement an alternative pay schedule so long as employees continue to earn approximately the same salary at an hourly rate that meets or exceeds the minimum requirements of the FLSA.
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Seasonal Employees Minimizing the Legal Risks

November 11, 2009
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Employees hired on for the holiday shopping season are not exempt from the laws and regulations that govern year-round workers. Here’s a checklist for sound seasonal hiring.
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