EEOC Warns that Requiring a High School Diploma May Violate the ADA

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has stated that an employer’s requirement that job applicants hold a high-school diploma may violate the Americans With Disabilities Act. The EEOC made the statement in an informal discussion letter posted on the EEOC website last month. The EEOC said that the diploma requirement must be “job related for the position in question and consistent


Social Media and The NLRB

Brian O'Neal

In light of the continuing popularity of social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, employers need to be aware of the potential legal impact of disciplining or discharging employees due to their comments or postings made on social media websites.  The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has been processing an increasing number of charges filed by employees alleging they

Contract Risk: Restrictions on grain exports are not likely due to an abundant harvest, but major delays at seaports are to be expected.

Ade Onitolo

Official statistical data has recently been released and indicates that Russia will reap an abundant grain harvest in the 2011-2012 agricultural year. The preliminary estimate of the grain harvest stands at 93 million tons. This is in contrast with the previous year: On August 15, 2010, the Russian government imposed a comprehensive ban on all grain exports in response to

Contaminated Products Insurance (CPI) and the Food Industry

Ian Harrison

Impact of FMSA and Market Response It was initially thought that the Food Modernization Safety Act (FMSA) passed by the U.S. Senate on November 30, 2010 and signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011 might have a significant impact on the Contaminated Products Insurance (CPI) market. The Act – the subject of a previous Lockton white paper

The 100% Solution to Worker Testing: Less-Than-Complete Employee Understanding Adds Up to Potentially Serious Food Safety Issues

Laura Dunn Nelson

Employee training has always posed challenges for food companies. Consider language, for example. English may be a second language for many employees, which raises the issue of worker comprehension. Do employees really understand the concepts and procedures being taught, particularly the importance of product safety? No less significant is the evaluation of worker competence based on understanding of the material

National Health Care

Harold Frick

National Health Care will drastically change the way companies will do business in the future.  From legislative issues, to Health Risk Management, to making the decision to even carry health insurance will be foremost on the minds of CEO’s, CFO’s, and HR Directors in the next few years.  Will the law stay as is in the future, or will the

Ian Chuang on The Obesity Crisis in the U.S.

Harold Frick

Lockton medical director Ian Chuang, in his recent white paper, The Obesity Crisis and its Health Risk Management Options, revealed some startling statistics about obesity: nearly 74 percent of the adults in the U.S. 20 and older are either overweight or obese. And – people that are obese spend at least $2,800 more for medical care than “normal weight” people.

Regulations proposed for participation in the paper market for commodities will likely reduce investment demand

Rafael Gomes

Global – Regulations proposed for participation in the paper market for commodities will likely reduce investment demand. Peril: Regulatory Risk Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Commodities Trading, Banks, Financial Services  Analysis: On 13 June 2011, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy demanded stricter regulation of commodities markets, especially trading in the paper market, citing that raw material and food inflation threatened

Planning for Social Media Usage When an Accident Occurs

Jim Hughes

It is early in the morning on a weekend, and your mobile phone rings. You answer the phone and learn that a serious injury has just occurred at one of your remote facilities. As you slowly regain some control over your shock and emotions, you pick up a copy of the crisis response plan you keep on your nightstand and


Laura Dunn Nelson

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in January 2011, represents major changes in food safety oversight. It requires the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to develop science-based preventive controls throughout the food industry. This is a marked change from the FDA’s previous functions that were mostly reactive; e.g. to respond to incidents of