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Fewer Employers Match Defined Contribution Plan Deposits: SHRM Analysis

June 27, 2012
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Of 550 employers surveyed in SHRM's study of employee benefits programs, slightly more than two-thirds indicated that they currently match their employees’ contributions, down from 75 percent five years ago.
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Defense of Marriage Act Struck Down By U.S. Appeals Court

June 1, 2012
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Seven married same-sex couples and three widowers of gay spouses filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Boston in 2009 seeking to block federal employers from enforcing the DOMA restrictions.
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Pharmacy Benefit Managers Cite Employees' Unhealthy Behavior as Biggest Challenge: Study

May 18, 2012
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In the past five years, the percentage of plan sponsors who list the breadth of coverage offered to employees as a top priority for their plans has fallen 14 percent from 57 percent at the end of 2011. Simultaneously, the percentage of sponsors citing a balance of cost and care as a top plan priority has risen to 78 percent from 41 percent in 2006.
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Racial Disparities in 401(k) Accounts Found: Aon

April 4, 2012
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Among the employees who reported pulling money out of their retirement savings, two-thirds indicated they needed the cash for an emergency, debt or day-to-day living expenses.
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Survey: Health Care Reform Law Driving Employers' Group Health Costs Up

March 8, 2012
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The survey indicated that only 27 percent of responding employers have determined what it has cost their company to comply with the health care reform law in the two years since its implementation.
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Designer Can Sue Firm for Tapping Social Media Accounts While She was Injured

December 19, 2011
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The woman alleges the accounts were accessed while she was recovering from a brain injury she sustained after being hit by a car while running an errand for work.
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EEOC Creates Small Business Task Force to Provide Legal, HR Counsel

December 16, 2011
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The task force will focus on newly established small businesses and those that cannot afford in-house legal counsel or human resources personnel.
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Survey Says Social Media Marketing Use to Rise, but Oversight Lags

December 2, 2011
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Many senior executives at primarily small and mid-market businesses indicated risk management and compliance efforts are far behind implementation of social media as a corporate tool.
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Suit Claims Worker was Fired for Refusing to Wear '666' Sticker

November 22, 2011
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In March 2010, as a company's accidnt-free tally approached the number 666—identified in the 'Revelations' book of the Bible as 'the number of the beast' and a representation of Satan—the employee informed his supervisors that his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to wear that number.
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Half of Working Women Who Gave Birth did not Receive Paid Maternity Leave: Census

November 11, 2011
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Two-thirds of women who were given maternity leave were able to return to work within a year of their first pregnancy, according to the U.S. Census Bureau in Washington.
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