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We will continue to alert you to updates as new information becomes available. As employers respond to COVID-19 crisis, they are urged to rely on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal and local agencies in determining strategies and common sense steps to reduce the likelihood of disease transmission. In addition, employers should regularly check for updates in the guidance, as the situation continues to rapidly evolve and previously published guidance will be updated regularly.
The Department of Labor (DOL) has been busy bringing a number of changes into the new year. On September 24, 2019, the DOL issued its final rule increasing the minimum salary threshold for the so-called white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). More recently, the DOL issued a final rule revising its regulations concerning the regular rate of pay and t a final rule interpreting joint employer status under the FLSA.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), passed almost thirty years ago, was the first comprehensive federal law that addressed the needs of individuals with disabilities by prohibiting discrimination in employment, communications, public services and public accommodations. Modeled in large part after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title I of the ADA generally prohibited discrimination against employees with disabilities but also imposed additional obligations for employers to provide reasonable accommodations for their employees with disabilities.
More employers than ever are creating, maintaining and distributing personnel records electronically and getting rid of their paper documents and files. For some this is a daunting and difficult process, but for many others, having a paperless application and hiring process, online benefit enrollment system, and electronic time tracking system (and the list goes on and one), could not have come soon enough.
Employers need to be educated when responding to requests from employees for time off related to school meetings. Depending on the size of the employer, the purpose of the need for leave, and the state in which the employee works, such leave requests may be protected under federal and/or state laws. This means that employees may be entitled to take a certain amount of leave in conjunction with school-related needs.
Employers who are required to file EEO-1 Component 2 pay data for 2017 and 2018 must still do so by September 30, 2019. So, what has changed? On September 12, 2019, the EEOC published a Notice in the Federal Register regarding the collection of EEO-1 data from employers. Surprisingly, this Notice contained a substantially revised burden assessment with regard to the collection and filing of EEO-1 data.
U.S. employers are not immune from the effects of the opioid crisis. The potential workplace impacts which stem from employee opioid abuse include an increase in employee absenteeism, excessive sick day use, low productivity, mistakes, errors and accidents, workplace stress, increase in healthcare costs, and high employee turnover. Because of these negative effects, many employers have decided to take a proactive approach to combat these problems.
If you are an EEO-1 filer, you probably already know that you may have an additional reporting requirement this year relative to your existing EEO-1 reporting obligations. Called Component 2 data, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is now requiring most EEO-1 filers to submit compensation data and hours worked as part of their EEO-1 reporting obligation by September 30, 2019.
From the prevalence of tablets, computers and cell phones, to cameras and electronic tracking devices, employees and employers in the workplace are working and communicating using technology — and are monitoring, watching, and recording each other like never before.
Aside from the Equal Pay Act (EPA), some states and municipalities have decided to take additional action to address gender pay inequity. Some of these newer laws have been designed to combat systemic pay inequity at the time of hire. These so-called “salary history bans” prohibit employers from asking job applicants about their past salary history. The public policy behind the rule is a simple one — preventing new employers from taking past salary history into account will help to break the cycle of systemic pay inequity.
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