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That’s Good HR Weekly News Update – June 17, 2011

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June 14, 2011
Happy Fathers DaySome good local Indy news and lots of great HR legal information to keep on top of. It has been a busy news week so I hope this update helps you to digest the important stuff in little bites. For all of my fellow fathers out there, enjoy your Father’s Day weekend as we pause to contemplate the important things in life.

Retirement Plans Make Comeback, With Limits: Many U.S. companies that during the recession cut 401(k) matching contributions—one of the most valuable employee benefits—are beginning to restore them. (From the Wall Street Journal)

Indy Recognized at "the place to be" according to a recent article in the L.A. Times.(from the Indy Chamber):

Roche to add 50 HR employees in Indianapolis: Swiss health care giant Roche Holding AG has selected its diagnostics division in Indianapolis as the site for a new North America human resources center, a move that will add 50 employees to its local operations. (IBJ)

Seeking Social Status: Hiring with Social Media in Mind: While it might be a bit of a stretch, the reality is that with social media now established as a potent marketing tool, more businesses are seeking employees with large online followings. (business news daily)

Protest Group Calls Press Conference on Opening Day of SHRM Conference: Frustration is growing among a handful of past presidents and board chairs of the Society for Human Resource Management who have been calling for a meeting with the industry association’s leaders to discuss recent board decisions and concerns about the future of the organization. (workforce.com)

Economic indicators – some relief could be on the way:Food and gasoline prices may be heading for a drop toward end of summer. (IBJ)

High Court Affirms State E-Verify Laws: On May 26, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-3 that states have the right to enforce mandatory E-Verify statutes tied to the issuance of state business licenses. (SHRM.org)

Justice Department Provides Antidiscrimination Guidance: Employers must know that while they have the obligation to obey immigration law by hiring only authorized workers, they also must not violate antidiscrimination laws when hiring or firing workers.

EEOC Discusses Leave As Reasonable Accommodation: Last week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission had a meeting to try to clarify that ambiguity.  At that meeting, they heard a range of views from a diverse panel of experts on the matter.  While the witnesses differed as to some employer and employee obligations, they agreed on the need for clear and uniform guidance from the EEOC. (recruiter.com)

A view on the US Economy: http://blogs.ft.com/the-a-list/2011/06/15/teetering-us-economy-needs-more-stimulus-first/   (financial times)