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Employers face suits over job-screening practice

Employers are coming under increasing scrutiny and are now facing freshly filed lawsuits over credit screenings of job applicants. While background checks that can include criminal, financial and employment histories ...

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Employer avoids liability under WARN Act

An employer avoided liability under a federal plant closing law by offering severance packages that were widely accepted by its union employees after the company decided to cease its U.S. operations, the Seventh Circuit has ruled in affirming judgment.

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Discrimination filings climb

Officials with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have released statistics showing an all-time high of 99,922 workplace discrimination filings over the course of fiscal year 2010 — the most ever in the agency’s 40-year history.

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Supreme Court hears ‘cat’s paw’ job bias case

In the 17th century, writer Jean de La Fontaine wrote a fable about a clever monkey who persuaded a cat to fetch chestnuts from a hot fire. The cat’s paws got burned, but the monkey got what he wanted — fresh roasted snacks.

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