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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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Congress, Obama Extend Benefits as Unemployment Rises

November 6, 2009
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The bill marks the third time that Congress has increased unemployment benefits since the recession started in December 2007.
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Do Employees Have the Right to Moonlight

October 1, 2009
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Employers are within their rights to expect that employees show up for work ‘present, prompt and prepared.’ If a second or third job disrupts that, employers are within their legal rights to fire those workers. Here are some guidelines that could help keep moonlighting from disrupting your business.
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On-Call Disputes Create Litigation Dangers

September 13, 2009
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'On-call' arrangements are common in many industries, but some employees are claiming that their on-call assignments are so restrictive that they should be considered ‘on duty’ and therefore be entitled to their hourly wage (including overtime pay). In the face of this new scrutiny, you can safeguard your facility by reviewing your policies, with special attention to several practices than can bring problems.
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Recent Settlements Should Alert Employers

September 3, 2009
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Two settlements provide examples of preventive measures that an employer should consider taking to avoid litigation. In addition to paying employees for all hours worked and making rest and meal breaks available where required by law, electronic tracking programs may provide for increased accuracy of time recording. Employers should also ensure that their employee handbooks and policies are updated regularly to comply with the law, and that employees, management and human resources personnel are aware of employee rights and responsibilities.
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Florida Workers’ Compensation Insurer to Be Liquidated

August 28, 2009
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A Florida judge has ordered First Commercial Insurance Co. and its subsidiary, First Commercial Transportation & Property Insurance Co., into liquidation, Florida’s Department of Financial Services said.
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Ex-Broker Hits Citi With Lawsuit Over Signing-Bonus Clawback

August 18, 2009
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The former broker is reportedly seeking class status for the suit on behalf of 500 other Citigroup brokers.
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Garment Workers Protest Sweatshops in Long Island City, New York

August 12, 2009
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Fired Chinese workers are allegedly owed hundreds of thousands in back wages. Complaints say employers deducted 5 percent from the workers’ minimum-wage pay and did not pay for overtime despite 100-hour workweeks.
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N.Y. Attorney General Blisters Banks in Scathing Report to Congress

July 31, 2009
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Although banks claim to link pay to performance, Andrew Cuomo accused the firms of failing ‘to follow any objective or consistent principles’ in setting pay, which he called ‘simply a one-way ratchet up. … Large payouts became a cultural expectation at banks and a source of competition among the firms.’
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Supreme Court Puts Age Bias Burden of Proof on Plaintiff Font size=1UPDATED July 8, 2009-font size

June 18, 2009
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The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick Leahy, called the decision an ‘overreaching by a narrow majority’ that would hurt older employees.
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