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N.Y. Attorney General Blisters Banks in Scathing Report to Congress

July 31, 2009
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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SHRM, Democrats Tangle Over Paid-Sick-Days Bill

June 11, 2009
The HR organization’s China Miner Gorman warns that the legislation mandating paid sick days would foist new requirements on employers that could turn out to be as difficult and costly to administer as the Family and Medical Leave Act—whose 200 pages of regulations she held up at the hearing.
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Stiffing Interns on a Paycheck Could Cost in the End

May 14, 2009
The National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 98.6 percent of the internships offered by organizations that responded to a recent survey are paid. A previous study found that unhappy interns tended to be unpaid interns.
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A Behavioral Leadership Approach to Workplace Problems

April 23, 2009
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
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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