Tuesday, January 26, 2016 12:22 PM
NEW YORK—Even as the recovery from the Great Recession brought corporate profits, most workers' salaries have marginally kept pace with inflation. As the nation continues to more closer to full employment and with layoffs near historical lows, there are prominent indicators suggesting that lower paid workers are starting to see some of the gains of the nearly 7 year-old recovery.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 9:26 AM
NEW YORK—As the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals so clearly stated, “at the risk of playing the Grinch . . . we note that office Christmas parties also seem to be fertile ground for unwanted sexual overtures that lead to Title VII complaints.” While true, it lacked clear guidance to employers on ways to avoid possible legal risks.
Monday, July 27, 2015 7:00 AM
NEW YORK—With increasing frequency, I am called by a client company or a prospective client to ask about the rights of employees to wear religious articles at work. After a brief discussion, I inform them that employers cannot generally enforce a policy prohibiting employees from wearing articles of religious importance at work.
Monday, July 20, 2015 1:26 PM
NEW YORK—U.S. small businesses have not followed the same path of bigger firms by starting to self-insure their medical benefits to avoid the costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to recent research findings by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:00 PM
NEW YORK—Employees of U. S. companies can expect a median base salary increase of 3 percent in 2015 across all main employee categories and most industries, still below pre-recession levels, according to separate research findings by pay consultancy
, an association of total rewards professionals.
Monday, November 25, 2013 10:59 AM
NEW YORK—As everyone knows, flu season is here. According to the
Walgreens Flu Impact Report
, U.S. adults missed an incredible 230 million work days during last year's flu season.
Monday, November 11, 2013 2:00 PM
NEW YORK—Federal and State laws provide guidelines for employers when
requesting criminal history information and defining when an employer
may make an employment decision based on such information.
Monday, November 4, 2013 2:54 PM
NEW YORK—Under current law, the tax credits Congress designed to
encourage employers to hire military veterans are effective only for
hiring completed in 2013.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 2:00 PM
One reason for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's (PPACA) many critics is the way the law is worded.
Monday, September 16, 2013 11:00 AM
NEW YORK—The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has
launched a new website specifically designed to educate employers on how
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will affect
Monday, August 26, 2013 11:40 AM
NEW YORK—Is there a clear way out of your building in case of an
emergency? Do you know where all the exits are in case your first choice
is blocked or too crowded?
Tuesday, August 6, 2013 1:28 PM
NEW YORK—On June 26, 2013 the Supreme Court held in United States v.
Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA)
unconstitutionally encroached on states’ rights to regulate marriage.
Section 3 of DOMA prohibited for purposes of federal law the recognition
of same-sex marriages.
Thursday, July 25, 2013 1:15 PM
NEW YORK—Health care cost growth for large employers in the U.S. is
projected to slow to 6.5 percent in 2014, down from 7.5 percent in 2013,
according to consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research
Institute's annual report, Medical Cost Trend: Behind the Numbers
This projection is based on an analysis of medical costs in the
large-employer market, which covers about 150 million Americans.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:45 AM
NEW YORK—A number of states and cities across the country have recently
passed bills that require employers to provide paid sick days, sparking
concern by companies, and initiatives to overturn these laws.