Achieving work/life balance is definition of career happiness for most working mothers

A recent SFN Group, Inc. study shows many working moms are not satisfied with their career, and feel their work is more stressful than being a stay-at-home mom. This is in a large part due to a lack of work/life balance. According to the study, 56 percent of working mothers are not satisfied with their […]

Government Not Required to Evaluate Line Item Pricing for Realism

A price evaluation was not arbitrary and capricious, according to the Court of Federal Claims, because the solicitation did not require the offerors’ contractually binding prices to be evaluated for realism. The protester challenged contract awards for two geographic regions in a recompeted fixed-price procurement for post-disaster debris removal. To address concerns about the awardees’ […]

Generation gap causes conflict in some workplaces

Conflict between members of different generations exists in almost three-quarters of organizations, and more than half of organizations actively work to reduce that conflict, according to a new poll from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Five generations will be represented in the U.S. workforce next year, the Society’s HR Magazine noted in its […]

Another court calls out EEOC after agency fails to establish prima facie case on ADA claims

Another district court has jumped on the bandwagon that seems to have gained steam over the past few weeks in which courts are holding the EEOC accountable for untenable claims (EEOC v Tricore Reference Labs, April 27, 2011, Conway, J). After it had previously entered summary judgment in the employer’s favor on ADA claims brought […]

Employer’s attempt to refuse to comply with EEOC’s subpoena rejected

The Seventh Circuit affirmed a district court’s order enforcing an EEOC subpoena seeking information about an employer’s hiring practices, rejecting the employer’s argument that the requested materials were irrelevant to an employee’s charge of race discrimination (EEOC v Konica Minolta Bus Solutions, USA, Inc, April 29, 2011, Wood, D). The EEOC was within its authority […]

Experts agree that gender-based wage gap persists

Government and private-sector experts participating in a public forum held by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) advised that gender-based wage discrimination is still a problem and a percentage of the wage discrepancy cannot be explained by nondiscriminatory factors. The forum was held at the EEOC’s headquarters on April 28, 2011 – just one […]

Violation of employer’s computer use restrictions “exceeds authorized access” under CFAA; dismissal of criminal counts based on more narrow interpretation reversed

An employee “exceeds authorized access” to information on a protected computer under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, 18 USC Sec. 1030, when “he or she violates the employer’s computer access restrictions — including use restrictions,” ruled the Ninth Circuit in a 2-1 decision (USA v Nosal, April 28, 2011, Trott, S). As such, the […]

Survey takes a look at types of workers most in demand and how they’re being recruited

What types of workers are most in demand today? Employers are hiring employees who are experienced in their businesses, team-oriented, customer-focused, have a track record for achieving the results they want, and work smart, according to a new survey by OI Partners, a global talent management firm. To recruit them, companies are more frequently using […]

US Labor Department launches national outreach campaign to protect workers from heat-related illnesses

Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis announced on April 26, a national outreach initiative by the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to educate workers and their employers about the hazards of working outdoors in the heat and steps needed to prevent heat-related illnesses. “If you’re working outdoors, you’re at risk for […]