Alliances between men and women can close women’s leadership gap in the workplace, study finds

It’s been the routine of many professional women for years: when dealing with subtle (but complicated) gender issues at work, turn to a female colleague or mentor for advice. But a new study released by the Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) at the Simmons School of Management suggests that contrary to popular belief, the […]

Michigan announces change in its EB period

The following changes have occurred since the publication of the last notice regarding the State of Michigan’s EB status: Based on data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 10, 2011, Michigan no longer meets the 110% criteria to remain “on” in the EB program. As a result, the payable period for the […]

Store manager not entitled to discovery of information about potential class members in effort to satisfy predominance requirement of class action wage suit

An assistant store manager of a HomeGoods store in New York was not entitled to discovery of information about the identities of other employees who may be similarly situated in his wage suit asserting the managers were misclassified as exempt employees (Jenkins v The TJX Companies, Inc and HomeGoods, Inc, April 25, 2011, Wall, W). […]

Idaho amends its UI law on various topics

Idaho has amended its Employment Security Law as follows: Determination of rates. The average high cost ratio is determined for each calendar year by calculating the average of the three highest benefit cost rates in the 20-year period ending with the preceding year. The “benefit cost rate” is the total annual benefits paid, including the […]

No evidence that former employee disclosed confidential information; employer motion for restraining order denied

An employer was not likely to succeed on the merits of his claim that a former employee breached a non-compete clause, ruled a federal district court, because the employer had no evidence that the former employee had disclosed, or was threatening to disclose, confidential information to her new employer (PolyOne Corp v Barnett, April 21, […]

DOL amicus brief challenges heightened standard for rebutting presumption of prudence in stock drop suit

In an amicus brief challenging the dismissal of a fiduciary breach claim against an independent fiduciary for failing to discontinue an investment in company stock, the DOL has forcefully rejected the position articulated by the Ninth Circuit that the presumption of prudence attendant to an investment by an ESOP fiduciary in company stock should apply […]

OFCCP proposes VEVRAA regulatory revisions that would require numerical targets for veterans, additional data collection obligations

The first major changes since 1976 to the regulations regarding federal contractors’ responsibilities with respect to affirmative action, recruitment, and placement of veterans will be proposed by the OFCCP in today’s Federal Register. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to be published on Tuesday, April 26, the OFCCP proposes to revise its regulations implementing the […]

NLRB order requiring employer to restore prior CBA and bargain to valid impasse enforced

The NLRB was granted enforcement of an order requiring that an employer restore a previous collective bargaining agreement and bargain until the parties reached a new agreement or reached a valid impasse (NLRB v Whitesell Corp, April 22, 2011, Shephard, B). Substantial evidence supported NLRB findings that the employer failed to negotiate to a valid […]