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Flexible Work Gains Attention of Lawmakers

June 11, 2008
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The U.S. is behind the majority of developed nations when it comes to having statutes in place to allow for flexible work arrangements. Of the 21 “high income” countries examined in a recent study, the U.S. finished last.
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Off-Premises Injury Compensable, New Jersey Judge Rules

June 11, 2008
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A computer technician struck by a car while crossing a street to purchase cigarettes and snacks is entitled to medical and temporary disability workers’ compensation benefits, an appeals court ruled last week.
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Homeland Security Requires E-Verify for Federal Contractors

June 10, 2008
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Companies doing business with the government would have to use the electronic system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service and the Social Security Administration to prove each person they hire for a contract and each employee who works on it is legal. It’s unclear when the directive goes into effect.
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Keeping a Watchful Eye

June 6, 2008
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A California court case shows how using video cameras to monitor employees can create problems for employers and how some situations could be alleviated by well-documented policies and practices.
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Testing the Tests

June 6, 2008
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Outdated tests and skill requirements and blanket diploma prerequisites open the door to legal challenges by unsuccessful candidates.
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Bill to Clarify Use of Smoothing in Funding

June 3, 2008
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The bill, if passed, would supersede the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation of the Pension Protection Act that requires plans to compute their funding obligations over two years using average asset values, which could generally force plans to make larger contributions.
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FAA Scandals Hint at Rift Between Managers and Inspectors

June 3, 2008
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Citing concerns that inspectors are too cozy with the airlines, Congress is looking to pass legislation that would forbid inspectors from going to work at an airline for two years.
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FAA Scandals Hint at Rift Between Managers and Inspectors

June 3, 2008
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Citing concerns that inspectors are too cozy with the airlines, Congress is looking to pass legislation that would forbid inspectors from going to work at an airline for two years.
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OSHA Fines United Airlines for Numerous Workplace Safety Violations

May 22, 2008
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This is the second time this month that United has run afoul of OSHA regulations. The Chicago-based airline was cited on May 2 for 44 violations.
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Two Approaches to Employee Blogs

May 21, 2008
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The first guideline regarding an employee blogging policy is simple: have one. Here's how two large companies—Cisco and Sun Microsystems—approach the issue.
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