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April 13, 2012 | By Maura Dolan and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
California employers must make it possible for workers to take scheduled breaks but cannot be held liable if employees decide to work instead of rest, the California Supreme Court decided Thursday. The state high court ruling came amid a proliferation of lawsuits brought by California workers against a wide range of employers, particularly in the restaurant industry, that had sparked anxiety among business owners. Tens of thousands of workers have contended that companies evade state labor law requirements by making it impossible to take scheduled breaks.
January 30, 1992 | GEORGE WHITE
President Bush's order to reduce federal withholding taxes is expected to give a quick boost to the economy this spring, but it will mean added work for employers. Under the initiative, the U.S. Treasury Department will adjust IRS withholding tables to reduce the amount automatically taken out of the paychecks of 89 million Americans. That includes married persons with annual taxable incomes of less than $90,200 and single people with taxable earnings of less than $53,200.
May 25, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
California's Senate doesn't think your employer should have access to your Facebook account, and now, it's passed a bill reflecting that attitude. The state Senate passed SB1349 Friday, which would make it illegal for employers and admissions officers at colleges and universities to ask current or prospective employees and students for passwords to their social media accounts. With just five senators dissenting, the bill brings California another step closer to becoming one of the first states keeping companies out of their workers' social media accounts.
As federal officials continue to bolster high-profile enforcement efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border, authorities seeking to reduce illegal immigration are now turning up the pressure in another significant, if less photogenic, arena: the workplace. Long immune from extensive enforcement, the owners of hotels, restaurants, sewing lofts, farms and factories where unauthorized foreign workers toil will face greater scrutiny under a get-tough strategy being touted by the Clinton Administration.
May 30, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Even as millions of Americans hunt for jobs, nearly half of U.S. employers say they're having trouble finding the right people to hire for open positions. Demand for skilled trades workers and engineers makes those jobs particularly difficult to fill, according to a report from staffing agency ManpowerGroup. The study found that 49% of American bosses complain about lack of available talent -- the highest proportion since the start of the recession. Internationally, 34% of the 40,000 employers surveyed have similar difficulties.
May 2, 2013
Hundreds of thousands of part-timers are facing smaller paychecks as employers cut worker hours to avoid paying for their benefits under the federal healthcare law. This move by a growing number of retailers, restaurants and even local governments and universities has sparked fresh debate over the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and how much employers should be expected to do for workers, given the rising cost of healthcare....
June 8, 2011 | By Tami Dennis, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
The recent prediction that healthcare reform might lead employers to drop insurance coverage does not sit well with everyone. That insurance forecast, based on a report by McKinsey Quarterly, has received a fair amount of media attention -- which is perhaps unsurprising. Many Americans, with agenda or without, are regarding the upcoming changes with either anxiety or anticipation, and no one has a crystal ball. From the Booster Shots post on the matter: "The Congressional Budget Office estimated that only 7% of employees would be forced into subsidized-exchange policies, the report said, but the survey of more than 1,300 employers suggests otherwise.
April 30, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
You might just be able to make a federal case out of an employer asking to snoop around your social networking account if a new bill wends its way into becoming law. The Social Networking Online Protection Act, or SNOPA, was introduced late last week by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). If passed, SNOPA would "prohibit current and potential employers for requiring a username, password or other access to online content," according to a news release on Engel's website.
November 15, 2010 | By Lisa Zamosky, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Your employer wants you to stop smoking and lose some weight. And the boss is willing to sweeten the pot if you succeed. There's a new twist to corporate wellness programs: Increasingly, employers want to see concrete results before they reward you with premium breaks on your health benefits or with cash and gift cards. In a September survey of 466 large to midsize employers by the professional services company Towers Watson, 65% of respondents said that for 2011 they'll increase incentives to take part in these programs.
June 12, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Uncertainty in Europe and a slowdown in Asia have employers in most major economies expecting less hiring activity than last year, according to a new survey. Of the 41 countries and territories covered in Manpower Group's report , job prospects are set to weaken in 26 during the third quarter. Hiring expectations are most dismal in Greece, Ireland, Spain and Italy - all European countries that have either tapped international bailouts or are widely predicted to require one. Globally, companies are only sporadically increasing as they wait to see how European rumblings - which now include a key election in Greece and a 100 billion-euro rescue plan in Spain - pan out. “In labor markets around the world, we are seeing companies hire in a start-stop mode with no real consistency,” said Jeffrey A. Joerres, chief executive of Manpower, an employment services company.
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