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Author Archives: Anne Wilde

Defending age claims is now more arduous for employers

Although many of us don’t consider 40 “old,” the law does. With Idaho unemployment currently hovering just below eight percent and layoffs continuing throughout the state at many major employers—for instance, Idaho National Laboratory recently announced an additional 35 to ...

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Mandatory plan summaries delayed six months (access required)

On February 9, 2012, the IRS, DOL and HHS published joint final rules relating to the Summary of Benefits and Coverage and Uniform Glossary of Terms mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The most significant development ...

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Status update: Social media policies still under scrutiny

The acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seems to be updating its status as often as some social media specialists. The board issued a second report on social media cases on January 24, 2012,  just six ...

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NLRB rule makes it easier for unions to organize

Historically, the holidays are a quiet time of year in the workforce as employees take time to enjoy the season. However, this year was different. Although many Idaho employers might not recognize it yet, this recent holiday season dropped a ...

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Workplace discrimination complaints hit record high

The less-than-favorable economic times have had many unfortunate implications that reach far beyond the unemployment rate. In addition to those who can’t find work, those who can appear increasingly more disgruntled. Illustrating this fact is workplace discrimination complaints. Claims of ...

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Health Care Reform Implementation in 2012 (access required)

  BACKGROUND: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was passed on March 23, 2010. Three federal agencies exercise regulatory authority over PPACA through regulations and sub-regulatory guidance – the Department of Labor (DOL), the Department of Health and ...

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The rules for employing kids are changing

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed revisions to child labor regulations. The DOL is pushing for stronger safety requirements for young workers employed in agriculture as well as other related fields. The federal child labor laws were authorized ...

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Facebook Firings: Status is risky

Can employers fire employees for derogatory Facebook posts? How about terminations for tweets on Twitter? The answer is yes, however, federal law may protect certain employee social media communications and as the technological world—and its impact on the workplace—continue to ...

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OSHA takes a stand on violence in the workplace

Keeping tabs on workplace regulations requires strategic navigation on a good day. Add the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) new Compliance Directive to address workplace violence, and it can become downright difficult. However, OSHA’s regulations are imperative in their ...

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