Final Rule Prohibiting Certain Federal Contractors from Discriminating Against Workers Who Discuss Pay: Effective Jan 11, 2016

On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued the Final Rule that prohibits certain federal contractors from discriminating against workers who discuss compensation. The rule goes into effect on January 11, 2016. The Final Rule implements Executive Order 13665, signed by President Obama on April 8, 2014, and stems from … Continue reading Final Rule Prohibiting Certain Federal Contractors from Discriminating Against Workers Who Discuss Pay: Effective Jan 11, 2016

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Religious Accommodations in the Workplace, According to the EEOC

There may come a time when employers are faced with an employee request for a religious accommodation. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) prohibits employers with at least 15 employees, as well as employment agencies and unions, from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. … Continue reading Religious Accommodations in the Workplace, According to the EEOC

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DOL Issues New Guidance on “Employee vs. Independent Contractor” Misclassification

On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued new guidance targeting employer misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Authored by David Weil, the head of the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, the 15-page guidance (termed an “administrator’s interpretation”) states that, according to the DOL, “most workers” in the United States qualify … Continue reading DOL Issues New Guidance on “Employee vs. Independent Contractor” Misclassification

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EEOC Updates Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines

Recently, the EEOC announced an update to its Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues (“Enforcement Guidance”) to reflect the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Young v. UPS. The Court in Young articulated a new standard applicable to claims brought under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”), when a plaintiff claims that she has been … Continue reading EEOC Updates Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines

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OSHA Announces Guidelines for Transgender Restroom Access

According to the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Transgender Restroom Access Guidelines, transgender employees should have access to the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity. OSHA stressed failing to provide transgender employees with restrooms consistent with their gender identity can prevent them from using bathrooms at all, which can lead … Continue reading OSHA Announces Guidelines for Transgender Restroom Access

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New Law Increases Affordable Care Act Information Reporting Penalties

Increased Penalties Will Apply to Returns & Statements Filed After December 31, 2015 On June 29, 2015, President Obama signed H.R. 1295 Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015. This bill included significant increases in the penalties incurred due to failure to file various tax reporting forms. This includes the penalties relating to Form 1094/1095 reporting. … Continue reading New Law Increases Affordable Care Act Information Reporting Penalties

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Increase Your Bottom Line Without Adding New Customers – A Case Study

About a year ago, I received a call from a company (400 employees), stating they were having problems with high turnover, especially among key providers. Additionally, the CEO stated the company recently faced litigation and really needed help with compliance. Based on our entire conversation, I recommended having Expert Human Resources (EHR) conduct an HR … Continue reading Increase Your Bottom Line Without Adding New Customers – A Case Study

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