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‘Big Data’ Is Shaping Employers’ Benefits Strategies
Employee benefits are entering the brave new world of “big data,” with the promise of significant advances in the design and delivery of benefits offerings, particularly in health care. Data-crunching is saving time, money and lives.

Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.1%
The U.S. unemployment rate fell to a seven-year low in August as employers added a modest 173,000 jobs, a key piece of evidence for the Federal Reserve in deciding whether to raise interest rates from record lows later this month. (U.S. News)

Avoiding a Worker May Constitute Retaliation
Retaliation doesn’t have to involve disciplining or terminating an employee. It can take on subtler forms, such as avoiding the worker, according to Jonathan Segal, an attorney with Duane Morris in Philadelphia and New York City 

You Don’t Know Crystal, but She Knows You

Crystal is a tech startup that scrapes the web for a person's online information to analyze his or her personality. Its purpose is to help people interact more effectively with one another. Along with many other new technologies, there’s also the potential to determine the personalities of job candidates. But should you?

SHRM: Proposals for ‘Blacklisting’ Executive Order Are Costly

Proposals to implement the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Executive Order—E.O. 13673, the so-called Blacklisting Executive Order—grossly underestimate the costs to employers, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) wrote in comments to the Department of Labor.

Most Significant Change to EE0-1 Reporting

If your company has multiple entities at the same address and those entities, while legally distinct, engage in the same services, activities or product development, you must now file a single consolidated report.

OSHA Updates its National Emphasis Program on Amputations
Noting that the manufacturing sector experienced more than twice the rate of amputations as that of the entire private sector in 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its nine-year-old National Emphasis Program on amputations.



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