Paid Sick Day Policy: Fertile Ground for Trial and Error

In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama lamented the fact that U.S. employers are not obligated to offer employees paid sick leave. Most employers do so anyway, although some, like those based in San Francisco, are required to by local laws. However, unless or until paid sick leave becomes a federal mandate, many employers might benefit from experimenting to see what works best for them.


EEOC Guidance When Employees or Job Applicants Have Cancer

According to the American Cancer Society, 1.7 million citizens are projected to be newly diagnosed with cancer this year, and nearly 15 million Americans are living with the disease today. Many of them are employed or are looking for jobs. Does dealing with job candidates and employees with cancer require any special considerations? The answer is yes. Here's why.


Is Your Business Compliant with the New OSHA Reporting Rules?

New rules from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have expanded the agency's reach for reporting requirements. Among other changes, more industries will now have to keep and post logs of employee illness and injuries. February 1 is the posting deadline for those already covered before the new rules kicked in on January 1. Will your company be affected? Here's what you need to know.


NLRB’s New Quickie Election Rules May Tilt Scales Towards Unions

A new set of rules has been adopted by the National Labor Relations Board, with the intention of simplifying and speeding up the process by which employees can elect to be represented by a labor union. The so-called "quickie election" rules, which take effect April 14, 2015, have important implications for how non-unionized companies prepare for the prospect of unionization.


Escape Hatch Now Available for Struggling Multi-Employer Plans

Many of the country's 1,400 multi-employer pensions, covering an estimated 10 million people, are up against the wall. These troubled pensions are insufficiently funded to continue paying retirement benefits, due to poor planning and an imbalance between the current outlay of dollars to retirees and new dollars from active workers. In December, a law was passed to address that situation.


 

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