Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Wednesday
Feb032016

DIOSH DAY 2016: Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health Day

March 2, 2016, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria …

DIOSH Day is for employers, employees, and all others interested in safety and health. Experts in the field will present a program on the most current issues in safety and health today. Many governmental agencies will have booths in the exhibit area. This is a great opportunity to get your workplace safety questions answered in a neutral setting.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

EEOC Proposes to Add Compensation Data to EEO-1

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has proposed revisions to the EEO-1 report that would significantly increase the amount of data “large employers” (employers with 100 or more employees) will be required to provide in the future. The EEO-1 is a report filed annually in September by most employers with 100 or more employees and by federal contractors with 50 or more employees. The EEOC proposes that, in 2017, all filers with 100 employees or more will not only provide the currently-required data about their employee’s ethnicity, race, and sex by job category, but also provide data on their employee’s “W-2 earnings” and hours worked.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Record Settlements: Seyfarth’s 12th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report Reveals Billions in Settlements and Five Key Trends in Workplace Class Action Litigation for 2016

From Gerald L. Maatman, Jr… . Seyfarth Shaw LLP is an IMA member company

Seyfarth Shaw LLP has released its 12th annual edition of the Workplace Class Action Litigation Report, which is recognized as the nation’s most complete guide to workplace-related complex litigation. In this year’s Report, Seyfarth analyzed a record number of 1,314 class action rulings on a circuit-by-circuit and state-by-state basis to capture key themes from 2015 and emerging litigation trends facing U.S. companies in 2016.

Described as the “definitive source of information on employment class action litigation” and a resource that “no practitioner who deals with employment claims… should be without” by EPLiC Magazine, Seyfarth’s Report is the sole compendium in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to workplace class action litigation. In its largest edition to date, the 852-page Report is the “go to” research and resource guide for businesses and their corporate counsel facing complex litigation in the coming year.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

US DOL issues interpretation on joint employment

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division issued an Administrator’s Interpretation on joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA).

Under these laws, it is a longstanding principle that a worker can be jointly employed by two or more employers who are both responsible, simultaneously, for compliance. Whether an employee has more than one employer is important in determining employees’ rights and employers’ obligations under the FLSA and MSPA.

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Wednesday
Jan202016

Five Tips For Implementing A Successful Workplace Wellness Program

From the G&A Partners HR Blog …

Running On Treadmills

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individual employee health can have a significant impact on the productivity and well being of an entire organization. Organizations who invest in not only the onsite safety of their employees, but also their overall health and wellness by implementing workplace wellness programs, enjoy significant benefits, including reduced employee absenteeism, increased levels of employee productivity and reduced health care costs.

Although much of the discussion about workplace wellness programs seems to be dominated by the latest outrageous-sounding initiatives from companies like Google, the idea of workplace wellness has been gaining popularity with employers of all sizes. In a study published by the National Small Business Association, 93 percent of business owners and decision makers say the health of their employees is important to their business’ bottom line. However, more than 60 percent reported that their business has never had or tried to implement a workplace wellness program.

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