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Compensability of Job-Related Training

May 4, 2009
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Employers are advised that job-related training is compensable if required as a condition of employment or continued employment. In determining whether time devoted to training must be paid, careful consideration should be given to applicable regulations.
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DOL Opinion on Pay for Study Time

May 4, 2009
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When the completion of homework, including reading and preparing for future classes, programs or seminars is required, time spent by an employee completing assignments for such training is compensable.
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A Behavioral Leadership Approach to Workplace Problems

April 23, 2009
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Commentary: Most organizations that are concerned about increases in litigation, EEOC charges and potential union organizing activity look at each area of new or enhanced risk and devise separate strategies to address them. But they often are attacking the symptoms, not the real and very common problem: leadership misbehavior. Here is a more holistic approach to the workplace issues that keep you up at night.
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Court Rules for FedEx in NLRB Case

April 22, 2009
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The court’s majority opinion cited drivers’ abilities to operate multiple routes, hire substitute drivers without FedEx’s permission and sell routes as well as their contract as reasons for ruling they are independent contractors.
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Democrats Vow to Strengthen Wage Enforcement Agency

March 26, 2009
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A Government Accountability Office investigation finds that the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division often ignores complaints.
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Companys Deposition Questions of Employee Violated NLRA

March 6, 2009
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Activity protected under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act extends beyond questioning by the employer of the employee at work. The National Labor Relations Board’s holding in this case appears to broaden the NLRA’s protections to any questioning by the employer of the employee’s union activities, regardless of context.
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Stimulus Bill Includes Unemployment Insurance Update

January 27, 2009
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Legislation approved last week by a House committee would give states incentives to make it easier for part-time workers to qualify for unemployment benefits and provide benefits to people leaving work for a ‘compelling family reason.’
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Jobless Claims, Median Wages Rise

January 22, 2009
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The number of U.S. initial jobless claims climbed higher the week ended January 17. Median wages for the fourth quarter of 2008 were up 4 percent from a year earlier.
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Treasury Requires CEOs of Banks in TARP to Certify Executive Comp Curbs

January 21, 2009
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Only the banks’ compensation committees have been required to put their names on the line in asserting institutions’ compliance with curbs on senior executives’ severance pay and other incentives.
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Pay Discrimination Hits Fast Track House Vote Set Friday

January 9, 2009
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After an election that increased the Democratic majorities in both chambers and put a Democratic president in the White House, the prospect for the bills becoming law has improved dramatically.
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