Study reveals decline in employee bonus program offerings

A new WorldatWork study, Bonus Programs and Practices, found that the prevalence of a variety of bonus programs have declined since 2008 and are at approximately the same levels as 2005. In 2010 when the survey was conducted, employers’ use of referral, sign-on, spot and retention bonuses had gone down since the survey began in […]

Acting General Counsel carries out threat to file complaint against Arizona over secret ballot amendment, takes criticism for Boeing complaint

The NLRB has announced that Lafe Solomon, the NLRB’s Acting General Counsel, has submitted for filing a complaint in U.S. District Court in Phoenix asking that court to declare that a recently passed constitutional amendment is preempted by the NLRA. Arizona voters passed a constitutional amendment on November 2, 2010, prohibiting employers from engaging in […]

Unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent in April

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 244,000 in April, and the unemployment rate edged up to 9.0 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported May 6. Job gains occurred in several service-providing industries, manufacturing, and mining. The number of unemployed persons, at 13.7 million, changed little in April. The unemployment rate edged up from 8.8 […]

Summary judgment granted to class of female correction officer applicants; timed run component of physical fitness test had disparate impact on women

A state’s physical fitness test (PFT) for correction officer applicants, which required a timed 1.5-mile run, violated Title VII because it had a disparate impact on female applicants and was neither job-related nor consistent with business necessity, a federal district court in Connecticut ruled in addressing cross motions for summary judgment on the issue of […]

Survey of US public companies sheds light on corporate aid to Japan

The Conference Board released findings on May 5 from a survey on contributions by U.S. public companies to relief efforts in Japan. “The recent crisis in Japan has resulted in an outpouring of support from citizens and corporations around the world,” said Matteo Tonello, research director of corporate leadership at The Conference Board. “Numerous relief […]

Annual Mother’s Day survey finds working moms who are sole financial providers earn significantly less than working dads

Although the economic situation is improving for U.S. families, working moms report they are struggling to financially support their families and have quality time at home. More than one-third (35 percent) of working moms and 44 percent of working dads surveyed by CareerBuilder said they are the sole financial provider for their household. Comparing these […]

Survey spotlights heightened security concerns for employee use of social media

According to findings from the 8th annual What Keeps Network Administrators Up At Night survey commissioned by VanDyke Software®and executed by Amplitude Research®, for two years in a row, four-in-ten survey respondents (40 percent in 2010 and 42 percent in 2011) said they were “moderately concerned” to “extremely concerned” about the security threat associated with […]

Spanish version of arbitration agreement was valid, grant of motion to compel arbitration of sex and disability bias, and reprisal claims affirmed

An employee was required to arbitrate her sex and disability discrimination and reprisal claims, despite her assertions that the Spanish version of the arbitration agreement that she signed was not valid, ruled the First Circuit Court of Appeals (Soto-Fonalledas v Ritz-Carlton San Juan Hotel Spa & Casino, May 4, 2011, Lynch, S). The appeals court […]

EEOC, HIV-positive plaintiff-intervenor failed to support allegations of disability bias; summary judgment for employer was proper

Finding a lack of evidence to support claims of discrimination and failure to accommodate, the Tenth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of an employer on ADA claims filed by the EEOC and a former driver-trainer for the employer (EEOC v C.R. England, Inc, May 3, 2011, Holmes, J). Diagnosed with HIV in 1999, the […]

DoD Issues Three Final DFARS Rules

The Department of Defense has issued three final rules amending the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Acquisition of Commercial Items (DFARS Case 2008-D011); Ownership or Control by a Foreign Government (DFARS Case 2010-D010); and Technical Amendments (no case number). Each rule carries an effective date of April 19, 2011. Commercial Items The rule in DFARS […]