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OSHA Tightens Its Fall Protection Rules

November 17, 2011
The new directive states that all residential construction industry employers must protect their workers who are engaged in work at six feet or more above lower levels by conventional fall protection systems or by other fall protection measures.
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Health Care Cost Hikes Increasing, Expected to Continue

October 3, 2011
The key difference between the Kaiser Family Foundation and Aon Hewitt surveys is that the KFF survey included more fully insured plans, 40 percent, and more small and midsize firms, 85 percent, with fewer than 5,000 workers. More than 75 percent of the data from the Aon Hewitt survey was collected from large, self-funded employers with employee populations of more than 10,000.
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EEOC Sues Fashion Boutique Delia's for Pregnancy Discrimination

September 23, 2011
The suspected harassment included constant questioning about some employees' ability to perform their jobs because they were pregnant, recommending they take leaves of absence or forcing them to take maternity leave early. The suit also alleges that the company fired one of the employees in retaliation after she complained about being harassed because of her pregnancy.
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Most Employers Arent Combating Workplace Stress

December 1, 2009
A report by Watson Wyatt Worldwide and the National Business Group on Health finds that while health and productivity management programs are keeping health care costs and absenteeism down, employers aren’t acting to relieve the stress of employees’ long hours and fear of job loss. Such stressors could affect productivity as companies try to bounce back from the recession.
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Health Risk Assessments Face Bias Hurdle

October 14, 2009
Under IRS rules associated with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, employers are prohibited from collecting genetic information—defined as family medical history—in health risk assessments if that information will be used for ‘underwriting’ purposes. That includes offering employees discounts on their monthly premium contributions or lowering deductibles for completing a health risk assessment.
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