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Retirement Benefits: Auto 401(k) Enrollment Good for Employees, New Survey Shows

Employers that offer automatic enrollment for their 401(k) plans significantly increase employee participation, according to an annual study conducted by Hewitt Associates. The study, which examined the savings and investing habits of over 2.6 million employees, found that the overall participation rate of employees in companies offering automatic enrollment was 14 percent higher than the […]

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New York Times: Paperback Bestseller List

The following is a list of the bestselling paperback business books as ranked by the New York Times on March 17. 1 Fairtax: The Truth, by Neal Boortz and John Linder with Rob Woodall. (Harper) A radio host and a U.S. congressman defend their 2005 plan for abolishing federal income taxes and the I.R.S. 2 […]

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Americans with Disabilities Act: U.S. Supreme Court Adopts Standards for Determining When Shareholders Must Be Counted as Employees

Deborah Wells was a bookkeeper for Clackamas Gastroenterology Associates, a medical clinic and professional corporation with four physician shareholders and directors and about 12 employees. When Wells was terminated, she sued the clinic under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The clinic responded that it didn’t have enough employees to be covered by the ADA. Join […]

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News Notes: Clinton Proposes Tax Credit For Pension Plans

President Clinton’s 1999 budget plan contains new proposals to encourage small businesses to establish pension plans for their employees. Under the plan, employers would receive limited tax credits for up to 50% of certain administrative and retirement education expenses associated with new pension, 401(k), or payroll deduction IRA plans.

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EEOC Claims Continue to Rise

According to its annual report issued November 16, 2009, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 93,277 private-sector discrimination charges in fiscal year (FY) 2009, its second highest total in the past 20 years. In addition, the EEOC obtained record relief of almost $300 million for alleged discrimination victims through administrative enforcement. Breakdown of Charges […]

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My wife made me do it

by Mark I. Schickman People often complain that California employment law is bizarre. My colleagues around the country call our judges “fruits and nuts.” To the contrary, however, while our legislature is farther left than most states’ legislatures and our juries are more profligate than most, our appellate courts are relatively centrist. The award for […]

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Holiday Season (and Year-Round) Stress: How to Handle It

Today’s workforce operates under high pressure, especially at holiday season. Here are some tools to help them handle the load. Holiday season is one of the most joyous times of the year, but it’s also one of the most stressful. Gift buying fever is at its peak, and the malls are jammed. Even worse are […]

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