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Don’t Neglect Safety Due Diligence During Acquisitions
The trend of successor companies being held liable for the past violations of the acquired company is growing, according to an occupational safety expert.

NLRB Looks at Facilitating Unionization of Temporary Workers
The National Labor Relations Board has signaled that it is reconsidering the authority of a board decision made under President George W. Bush’s administration  that made it difficult for temporary employees to unionize with a company’s permanent employees.

Self-Insurance Growing, but Not Among Small Firms So Far 
Will U.S. small businesses follow the lead of bigger firms and start self-insuring their medical benefits to avoid the costs of the Affordable Care Act? So far, there is no evidence of a surge in that direction, according to research by the nonprofit Employee Benefit Research Institute. 

Fiduciary Standard for Advisers Sparks Contentious Debate 
Proponents and opponents of the Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) proposed rule to apply the fiduciary standard to professionals offering investment advice to retirement plan participants faced off at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions on June 17, 2015.

Companies Prepare to Change Pay-For-Performance Disclosures
One in three U.S. public companies expect to significantly change their approach to disclosing information on how they reward their executives in the wake of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed pay-for-performance disclosure rules.
Forecasters See a 2.7% Increase in U.S. Salary Budgets for 2016
U.S. companies’ salary-increase budgets for 2016 are projected to increase by 2.7 percent, down from the 2.9 percent increase for 2015, according to a preliminary forecast of global salary budgets by ERI Economic Research Institute, a provider of compensation data.

Inclusive Culture, Prompt Investigations Prevent Retaliation
A respectful culture where open communication regarding diversity and inclusion is encouraged is just one element of an effective anti-retaliation program, according to Sharon L. Sellers, SHRM-SCP, president of SLS Consulting LLC in Santee, S.C., and director of the South Carolina Society for Human Resource Management State Council, who testified last week before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.


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