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Establishing a Culture of Compliance

September 16, 2008
Rather than relying strictly on the human resources department or online training programs, organizations should consider enlisting trusted leaders throughout the organization both to disseminate technical information about compliance and to sell others on its importance.
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Give 'Em a Break ... or Get Sued

September 16, 2008
Employers are being slapped with lawsuits—costing them millions of dollars in some cases—by workers who say they are being compelled to work through meal breaks. Antiquated labor laws are to blame, some corporations say. But plaintiff attorneys blame in part deteriorating corporate ethics.
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Steelworkers Halt ArcelorMittal Talks

August 12, 2008
In a written notice to rank-and-file members, the Pittsburgh-based union described the company’s latest contract offer as being 'inferior to our needs and demands.'
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New Strike Deadline Set as Verizon Talks Slow

August 8, 2008
The Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers had agreed to stop the clock on the current contract's expiration, but when bargaining slowed down, the unions established a new deadline.
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In California, Flexible Schedules Are Tightly Regulated

July 31, 2008
Employers find that setting up compressed work schedules can be a bureaucratic minefield. While in theory the state’s law promised ‘workplace flexibility,’ in practice it imposes rigid procedural requirements on employers, who could be exposed to an employee claim for unpaid overtime if they make just one false step.
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