A new landmark pay records investigation documents rampant wage-and-hour law violations that translate into wage theft of 15 percent of earnings, or a labor cost advantage of 15 percent for employers that violate the law—more than enough to undercut competitor companies.
The most frequently filed discrimination allegations in 2009 were based on race (36 percent), retaliation (36 percent) and gender (30 percent), which the EEOC said followed recent trends. Some claims included two or more types of discrimination.
Recognition expert Bob Nelson, the keynote speaker for Workforce Management ’s inaugural online conference, “Road to Recovery: HR Strategies for 2010,” agreed to answer all the questions that were asked of him during his session. Here are Nelson’s answers to more than 40 questions, from honestly communicating about layoffs to rejecting employees’ ideas that aren’t viable without demotivating them.
Employers and group health insurers should review personnel practices and information-gathering polices to ensure compliance with a new law, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.
While there’s no specific project to speak of, the assistant secretary says guidance on life-cycle funds will be issued by year’s end.
The report calls for increasing incentives for post-high school education and training; developing national skill credentials that can be carried from job to job; and making education more widely available in part by delivering it online and in customized ways.
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.
Commentary: Bob Nelson, keynote speaker for the Workforce Management online conference Road to Recovery: HR Strategies for Post-Recession Success, discusses some simple perks that organizations can give employees to sustain engagement during the downturn.
Internet-based counseling and behavioral health services are finding their way into company employee assistance programs alongside in-person and telephone-based therapies. The services use a variety of Internet-related platforms, including e-mail, instant messaging, live chat and, in some cases, Skype video calls or other Internet-based videoconferencing.
Commentary: Cell phones, BlackBerrys and iPods are affecting job safety. Some businesses have already recognized the dangers associated with such devices, and have put policies in place to limit their use at work. Others, however, haven’t perceived the risk, and could be setting themselves up for lawsuits and workers’ compensation claims.