OSHA cites Tyson Foods of Jefferson, Wis., for exposing workers to safety hazards; fines total $45,000

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued Tyson Foods of Jefferson 10 safety citations for failing to comply with general industry occupational safety regulations. The company faces penalties totaling $45,000 as a result of an OSHA inspection conducted in October 2010. “Employers are responsible for knowing what hazards exist in […]

Walmart will pay $440,000 to settle EEOC allegations of national origin harassment at Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club, the wholesale chain store owned and operated by Walmart, will pay $440,000 to settle a Title VII national origin harassment lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), according to an agency statement on April 14, 2011. The suit filed by the commission in May 2009 alleged that at least nine […]

USCIS issues final rule on employment eligibility verification form

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a final rule that adopts, without change, an interim rule to improve the integrity of the Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) process. USCIS received approximately 75 public comments in response to the interim rule, which has been in effect since April 3, 2009. The main changes made […]

US Department of Labor settles whistleblower case against convenience store chain in Shawnee, Okla.

The U.S. Department of Labor has reached an agreement with Shawnee-based Modern Oil Co. Inc., doing business as Kwick Stop Conveniences Stores, and Sparkman Brothers Inc., resolving a lawsuit filed by the department alleging that the company illegally terminated a cashier because of a safety complaint made to the supervisor and to the department’s Occupational […]

Colorado amends its UI rules on various topics

Colorado has amended the rules under its Employment Security Act as follows: Date of filing. The regulations now provide that a document is filed on the date it is received. Under prior rules, documents were considered filed on the postmark date Due date. If the due date of a premium or report falls on a […]

Hospital unreasonably relied on advice on FTEs

Medicare and Medicaid Hospital unreasonably relied on advice on FTEs A hospital unreasonably relied on the fiscal intermediary’s (FI) faulty advice regarding how to count full time equivalent (FTE) residents. A hospital had to repay several million dollars to the Medicare program for training its medical residents. In fiscal years (FY) 1995 and 1996 the […]

HR central to organizations’ sustainability efforts, according to SHRM report

Almost three-fourths of organizations (72 percent) report engaging in sustainable workplace or business practices, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) said in announcing the results of a survey conducted in partnership with San Francisco-based consulting companies Aurosoorya and Business for Social Responsibility. The survey report Advancing Sustainability: HR’s Role examines the role of human […]

Wage-Hour Division’s final rule conforms FLSA regs to statutory amendments; rejects several rule changes originally proposed in 2008

The DOL’s Wage-Hour Division published a final rule on Tuesday, April 5, amending the agency’s Fair Labor Standards Act regulations in order to conform the rules to statutory amendments to the FLSA and Portal to Portal Act dating back to 1974. However, some of the substantive rule revisions initially proposed by the Labor Department under […]

PBGC seeks comments to assist it in conducting regulatory review

The PBGC is seeking public comments to assist the Agency in preparing a preliminary regulatory review plan. The PBGC is undertaking this review in response to an Executive Order issued by the President on January 18, 2011 on improving regulations and regulatory review (see CCH Pension Plan Guide Newsletter, Report No. 1873, January 31, 2011). […]