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Jul 03 2018
Wage and Hour  

Penalty for missed rest periods in California includes all compensation

A federal district court in California has ruled that when calculating the additional one hour of pay at the regular rate for missed rest periods under California Labor Code 226.7, an employer must include not only base pay, but also commissions, incentives, and bonuses. A group of 4,481 home mortgage…

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May 29 2018
Harassment & DiscriminationWage and Hour  

Brace for impact of pay equity laws

With Starbucks’ recent announcement that the company has achieved 100 percent pay equity by race and gender for U.S. workers performing similar jobs, most employers are left wondering how Starbucks got there—and how they can get there, too. The topic of equal pay continues to make headlines, and California, Oregon, and Washington are at the…

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May 23 2018
HiringLabor Relations  

ALERT: Supreme Court says new hires can waive class actions in arbitration agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that employers may require new hires to agree that any employment disputes must be resolved by taking their claims to an arbitrator on an individual basis. The Court’s ruling allows employers to proactively prevent workers from later joining together to file class-wide lawsuits or arbitration…

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May 11 2018
Wage and Hour  

California employers can’t rely on federal law to pay OT on flat bonus

The California Supreme Court has rejected federal law on overtime calculations for flat sum bonuses, ruling that state law requires a more worker-friendly calculation. An employer offered a flat bonus of $15 per day of weekend work for employees who worked a full shift on a Saturday or Sunday. Because…

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May 09 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP reveals selection method for latest wave of audits

For the first time in recent memory, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has explained how it developed its first list of companies to audit in 2018 for affirmative action compliance. The agency cautioned that it may change its selection tactics in the future, and it has no…

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May 08 2018
Wage and Hour  

9th Circuit says prior salary doesn’t justify pay differences under EPA

When setting wages for new hires, the Equal Pay Act (EPA) doesn’t allow consideration of prior salary, ruled the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A female math consultant hired by a county school district sued when she discovered her male colleagues in the same position were earning more than she was.…

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Apr 11 2018
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationHiring  

Federal contractors settle with OFCCP

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has posted more settlements online, after employers with federal contracts agreed to settle allegations of discrimination in pay and hiring. The OFCCP had conducted affirmative action audits of the contractors. The companies below denied the agency’s allegations but eventually agreed to pay significant sums…

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Apr 11 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP updates VEVRAA hiring benchmark effective March 31, 2018

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced that the hiring benchmark for veterans has dropped again, to 6.4 percent from 6.7 percent. The change took effect on March 31, 2018, which means that federal contractors with written affirmative action plan (AAP) dates on or after that date…

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Mar 28 2018
 

Dodd-Frank whistleblowers protected only if they report to SEC

On February 21, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employees who report financial wrongdoing under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act are protected from retaliation only if they make their reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Supreme Court overruled a U.S. Ninth Circuit…

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Mar 23 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP will allow opportunity for input before issuing Notice of Violation

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a change in policy that will allow federal contractors an opportunity to rebut preliminary findings of discrimination before the agency issues an official Notice of Violation. Directive 2018-01 instructs OFCCP staff to always give federal contractors a Predetermination Notice if…

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