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Informed Employer: November 8, 2017

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One-Third of Latinos Report Discrimination During Job Search
About a third of Latinos in America say they've been personally discriminated against when it comes to applying for jobs, being paid equally or considered for promotions -- and when trying to rent a room or apartment or buy a house. Slightly more (37 percent) say they've personally experienced racial or ethnic slurs because of their race or ethnicity.
(Source: NPR, 2017-11-01) Read the full article
Illinois Challenging Noncompetes Among Low-Wage Workers
The Illinois attorney general sued Check Into Cash, accusing the company of violating a state law prohibiting noncompete agreements for workers making less than $13 an hour. The lawsuit, the first since the law was passed last year, demands that the company remove the noncompete clause.
(Source: The New York Times, 2017-10-25) Read the full article
Government Makes Renewing H-1B Visa a Tougher Process
The U.S. government is toughening up the process for renewing a popular foreign work visa. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services advised its officers to "apply the same level of scrutiny" to extension requests for the H-1B visa, among other sought-after visas.
(Source:, 2017-10-25) Read the full article
68% of Big Companies Automatically Enroll Employees in 401(k)s
A retirement savings wave that has been rolling stealthily across corporate America is gaining momentum. Some 68 percent of large U.S. companies now automatically enroll employees in 401(k) plans, up from 58 percent two years ago, according to a new survey.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2017-10-24) Read the full article
Bill to Give Employers Tax Credit to Train Employees Introduced
A bipartisan group of congressmen has filed legislation to encourage employers to invest more in training and educating their employees. The legislation would create a tax credit for 25 percent of the first $5,000, or up to $1,250, that an employer spends on qualified education and training expenses for an employee.
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2017-10-24) Read the full article
Job Candidates Report Being Asked Illegal Interview Questions
The Associated Press and CNBC conducted a poll of 1,054 Americans and found that a significant percentage report having been asked illegal questions during job interviews. Sixty-five percent of respondents had interviewed for a job in the past 10 years and 33 percent had interviewed for a job 10 years ago or more (a remaining 2 percent reported never having interviewed for a job.)
(Source: CNBC, 2017-11-03) Read the full article
Employers Requiring Workers to Be Super Qualified, Study Finds
Employers are increasingly demanding that applicants have better qualifications than the person already doing the same job, according to a new study by Harvard Business School professor Joseph Fuller. This trend means that otherwise qualified workers are missing out on good jobs.
(Source:, 2017-10-24) Read the full article
Many Remote Workers Feel Left Out, Researchers Finds
Long gone are the days when most teams not only worked physically side-by-side but also lived in the same cities, ate at the same restaurants, and even had kids who attended the same schools. Our latest research shows that remote workers, and the managers tasked with keeping them focused and engaged, face inherent challenges that cannot be ignored.
(Source: Harvard Business Review, 2017-11-02) Read the full article
On a Scale of 1 Through 5, Please Rate Your Performance in the Following Categories….

Maureen Maffei

Like most employers, you probably recently participated in the time consuming, and often dreaded, management process—preparing and delivering your employees’ annual performance reviews.

If you found this process comfortable and easy, even bordering on enjoyable, you either hire only those employees who consistently display an exceptional work ethic, surpassed only by their ability to exceed your expectations, or you have a well-established employee performance evaluation system in place. If this is you, feel free to stop reading here and go on about planning for and enjoying the upcoming holiday season!

In an effort to help the rest of you start the quickly approaching new year off on the right foot, this article discusses some effective employee performance and behavior documentation that will make your management life easier—both in terms of annual reviews and in day-to-day employee performance evaluation.

Read more here.


Warning Signs That Warrant Heightened Scrutiny of Workers’ Compensation Claims


  1. Monday Morning Injury: The alleged injury occurs first thing Monday morning, or the injury occurs late Friday afternoon but is not reported until Monday.
  2. Employment Change: The accident occurs shortly before or immediately after the end of a lengthy project, the conclusion of seasonal work or before or after job termination or layoff.
  3. Suspicious Providers: The claimant’s doctors and/or legal counsel have a history of handling suspicious claims.
  4. No Witnesses: There are no witnesses to the accident, and the claimant’s own description is not consistent to support the cause of injury.
  5. Conflicting Descriptions: The claimant’s description of the accident conflicts with the medical history or the First Report of Injury.
  6. History of Claims: The claimant has a history of numerous, suspicious or litigated claims.
  7. Life Circumstances: The claim occurs at the same time as other circumstances such as childcare issues, commencement of a business venture, home improvement project, school attendance or a supplement to retirement income.

The mere presence of the aforementioned circumstances does not in and of themselves constitute evidence of fraud or abuse. The presence of any one of the enumerated warning signs, however, reflects circumstances that give cause to heightened claim scrutiny.


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