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October 18, 2013

For many years, the U.S. Hispanic construction market was considered “nice to have” but reaching this segment had little or no impact on the marketing budgets of retailers and manufacturers. However, with the dramatic growth rates, documented industry penetration and impressive purchasing power of that segment in recent years, the U.S. Hispanic construction market has gained serious attention in marketing budgets and is now a legitimate discussion in the C-suites when considering how to achieve positive change in the bottom line.

August 8, 2013

The Oct. 1, 2013, deadline for employers to provide employees with written notice about new health care exchanges should trigger employers’ efforts to help their workers understand a wide range of pending health care changes, benefits experts say.

February 21, 2013

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to settle a previously disclosed investigation of transactions related to its employee stock ownership plan.

Cleveland-based Sherwin-Williams Co. announced an agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor to settle a previously disclosed investigation of transactions related to its employee stock ownership plan. 

The agreement calls for an $80 million payment to the plan, which will result in an after-tax charge to earnings of $49.2 million. 

January 25, 2013

As a result of a U.S. Department of Labor administrator’s interpretation (No. 2013-1) of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) on Jan. 14, employers can expect more requests from employees seeking protection under the act to care for adult children unable to care for themselves.

January 16, 2013

After U.S. employers have taken care of the new health care benefit cost-reporting requirement for 2012 W-2s (due to employees in January 2013), their attention should turn to an upcoming deadline to notify employees about the availability of state health insurance exchanges.

December 7, 2012

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) compliance is difficult and annoying, said Mark Oberti, an attorney with Oberti Sullivan LLP in Houston, at the National Employment Law Institute’s Annual Employment Law Conference in Arlington, Va., Nov. 16, 2012.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s FMLA regulations often aren’t much help, as they rarely make it clear when an employer may fire someone, he added.

Oberti outlined 12 compliance strategies for employers:

August 1, 2012

With most laws, employers have less difficulty meeting the laws’ mandates as time goes by and they become more familiar with the requirements.

Not so with the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), where lawsuits have multiplied as the law has increasingly fallen out of step with the modern workplace, according to Paul DeCamp, an attorney in the Washington, D.C., area office of Jackson Lewis, and former administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division.

July 9, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced guidance to state agencies responsible for unemployment insurance regarding short-time compensation, commonly referred to as “work sharing.” 

“Work sharing is a win-win for workers and employers,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. “This program will provide more flexibility to workers and employers so they may more efficiently and effectively weather the ups and downs of the economy.”

May 16, 2012

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) wage and hour enforcement has become markedly more aggressive under the Obama administration, according to Paul DeCamp, former administrator of the Wage and Hour Division under President George Bush and now an attorney at Jackson Lewis’ Washington, D.C., regional office.

April 6, 2012

Consistent with previous studies performed by the U.S. Department of Labor, men reported significantly more work-related injuries than women, and injury rates declined with increasing age. White employees had higher injury rates than black employees, but both groups had lower injury rates than those reporting their race as “other,” a group predominantly made up of Hispanics.

October 7, 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor reported that nonfarm payroll employment edged up by 103,000 jobs in September, but the unemployment rate stayed at 9.1%.

Construction was one of the areas cited for job gains, according to the employment situation summary, released Friday morning. Other areas were professional and business services and health care. 

September 19, 2011

A probe of the hiring and wage practices of some of the nation’s largest home builders has widened to include the Internal Revenue Services and labor officials from nearly a dozen states, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. 

October 7, 2010

The U.S. unemployment rate remained unchanged in September at 9.6%, according to the U.S. Department...

September 6, 2010

The U.S. unemployment rate rose to 9.6% in August, up from 9.5% in July, according...