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Yet another employment discrimination settlement for an Auto Dealership- Are You Next?

January 29, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Within the past 60 days three dealerships have reached big dollar settlements with the EEOC for races, age or gender discrimination. Most recently a dealership in Georgia paid out $140,000. With 250 new investigators and a perceived easy target in dealerships I won't be sur...

Posted in: Citations, DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, employee morale, HR best practice, HR compliance, litigation, most cited violations Read More

Retaining employees, improving morale without going crazy?

January 19, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

In tough economic times it's tough to focus on how to retain your best employees-it's tough enough to figure out how to retain any employees at all. So what do should you do?  Advice abounds. Every time I check out the latest HR blog, I find a post telling me how to keep empl...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, employee morale, HR best practice, HR compliance Read More

Sitting ducks- why do business not follow basic HR regulations?

January 12, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Last week the EEOC entered into a $1.5M settlement with a Colorado auto dealer, and then on Monday announced another $85,000 settlement with a dealership in Ohio. In both cases basic HR best practices and federal and state regulations were not followed. The question is why?  ...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, EEOC, employment discrimination, HR best practice, HR compliance, HR software, Wage and Hour Read More

A $1.5 million dollar employment litigation recipe

January 08, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Take 90 new Department of Labor Investigators, add aggressive enforcement of the law, stir in limited corporate oversight, and combine with intricate laws that can be difficult to understand. Make sure there are no processes and systems that would force compliance of the law ...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, employment discrimination, HR best practice, HR compliance, HR software, litigation Read More

EPA 6H rule: 9 reasons not to file for an exemption

January 07, 2010

»Download the 6H Rule Compliance Checklist Steven E. Schillinger, President of GRC-Pirk Management ( http://www.recomply.com/ ) is a KPA partner serving the collision center industry and a specialist on the EPA 6H rule. Steven lists nine reasons why filing for an exemption...

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The less than 2% solution-Pay raises will remain low in 2010

January 04, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Not planning on merit raises this year or giving less than 2 percent?  You are not alone. The average planned merit increase for next year is 1.85 percent, according to BLR's 2010 Pay Budget Survey . More than 40 percent of respondents reported that they had planned on givin...

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Tip of the month: check if you meet the new SPCC rule compliance dates

January 01, 2010

Self Certification An Option Starting January 14 th 2010 After an 11 month delay for additional public comment the EPA has finalized the December 2008 amendments to the Spill Control and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC) rules. If you recall, last year’s amendments w...

Posted in: Checklists, Environment: Industry Updates, EPA, Tip of the Month Tags: compliance tip of the month, EPA, SPCC, webinar Read More

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