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Informed Employer: Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie in Hijab Case

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Employers Face Challenges from OSHA Recordkeeping Requirement
On Sept. 11, 2014, OSHA announced its final rule revising the recordkeeping standard, which has significantly expanded the recordkeeping rule's reach to hundreds of thousands of new employers and placed further burdens on employers to report additional workplace injuries and illnesses. Since these new rules became effective on Jan. 1, 2015, employers had little time to modify their practices and prepare for the coming wave of enforcement.
(Source: Occupational Health & Safety, 2015-06-01) Read the full article
DOL Report Finds Employee Benefit Plan Audits Lacking
A U.S. Department of Labor report showed a need for improvement in audits of employee benefit plan financial statements. The DOL's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) found that 61 percent of audits fully complied with auditing standards or had minor deficiencies.
(Source: Journal of Accountancy, 2015-06-01) Read the full article
Survey Finds More Firms Have Stopped Offering Spousal Coverage
More employers may be shifting to self-funded health plans, and fewer are offering full or even partial spousal coverage, as corporations redesign their benefits packages in response to the shifting health benefits landscape. The biggest shift noted occurred in spousal coverage.
(Source: BenefitsPro, 2015-05-26) Read the full article
1/3 of Large Employers Offering Telemedicine Services to Workers
Fueled by innovative telemedicine platforms, U.S. businesses are finding it easier to bring health care right to their employees. More than one third of large U.S. employers recently surveyed by Towers Watson are offering telemedicine services to their employees, and another 12 percent say they'll be adding the service within two years -- all part of a national trend toward the use of onsite health centers.
(Source: mHealthNews, 2015-05-29) Read the full article
Firms Keep Costs Down by Offering One-Time Bonuses Over Raises
Yacht-size bonuses for Wall Street big shots and employee-of-the-month plaques for supermarket standouts are nothing new, but companies' continued efforts to keep costs down have pushed employers to increasingly turn to one-off bonuses and nonmonetary rewards at the expense of annual pay raises. According to Aon Hewitt's annual survey on salaried employees' compensation, the share of payroll budgets devoted to straight salary increases sank to a low of 1.8 percent in the depths of the recession.
(Source: The New York Times, 2015-05-25) Read the full article
GAO Report Finds Number of 'Contingent' Workers Continues to Rise
The number of "contingent" U.S. employees, or workers who don't have traditionally secure jobs, is growing, according to a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the report found the number of contingent workers rose from 35.3 percent in 2006 to 40.4 percent in 2010, a shift probably related to the 2007-2009 recession, the GAO says.
(Source:, 2015-05-27) Read the full article
Report Claims Health Industry Faces More Union Organizing Efforts
According to a new report by the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration and IRI Consultants, the health care industry will be a ripe target for union organizing efforts, especially now that the National Labor Relations Board has streamlined procedures for representation elections. Hospitals are a particularly attractive target for unions because of the pressures for cost reduction due to health care reform and the uncertainty facing employees created by mergers and acquisitions, said IRI Consultants President James Trivisonno, co-author of the report.
(Source: Washington Business Journal, 2015-05-28) Read the full article
67% of Surveyed Executives Not Vacationing Due to Too Much Work
Work is getting in the way of much-needed vacations, according to the latest executive survey by recruitment and HR consulting firm Korn Ferry. Two-thirds (67 percent) of the more than 400 U.S. executives surveyed online earlier this month said they had postponed or canceled vacation plans in the past year due to demands at work.
(Source:, 2015-05-28) Read the full article
Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie in Hijab Case

Charles Bush

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of an applicant who claimed retailer Abercrombie & Fitch denied her employment because of her hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women.

Samantha Elauf, who wears a headscarf for religious reasons, applied for a job at Abercrombie.  Although Elauf never explicitly mentioned her Muslim faith, the store’s manager believed she wore the headscarf because of her religious faith and refused to hire her because the headscarf violated the company’s “Look Policy.”

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Executive Action Round III: Emergency Stay Denied

The most controversial element of President Obama’s executive action on immigration is on hold for what could prove to be indefinitely.  The Obama administration’s request for an emergency stay and appeal in response to a Texas court’s injunction of the president’s expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been denied.   

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Non-Citizens Beware: Immigration Scam Alert

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency is reporting a potential scam targeting non-citizens by individuals claiming to work for ICE’s Detention Reporting and Information Line (DRIL).  The ICE Alert states that non-citizens are being targeted with claims of problems with their immigration cases and that money should be paid to rectify those issues.

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School is Out

Perhaps you are hiring some young workers.  Remember that teens lack the same judgment of your older workers.  Extra training in risk awareness and safety is essential.  More than 150,000 teens have work injuries every year. Unlike other states, Indiana's regulations allow for additional liability if the injured employee is under age 18.  Keep your teen workers safe!

For more information, contact Ann Stewart or any member of Ice Miller’s Workers' Compensation practice group.


2015 Indiana Worker's Compensation Conference

Ice Miller’s Ann Stewart is speaking at the 2015 Indiana Worker's Compensation Conference on June 24 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. If you are interested in attending, use promotional code 2211 to receive a 10% registration discount.


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