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Jan 11 2017
Affirmative Action  

Federal contractors close out 2016 with affirmative action settlements

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently announced two significant financial settlements that were reached in December 2016 after the agency conducted affirmative action audits of federal contractors:

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Jan 10 2017
Affirmative Action  

DOL updates affirmative action requirements for apprenticeship programs

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its affirmative action rules for apprenticeship programs.

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Dec 12 2016
Wage and Hour  

Changes to EEO-1 Report finalized for 2018

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced final changes to its EEO-1 Report, which will require covered employers to report pay data and hours worked beginning in 2018. The new form is consistent with the agency’s latest proposal, on which we previously reported. Here are the highlights: No EEO-1 Reports will be…

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Nov 28 2016
Wage and Hour  

Alert: Judge blocks rule increasing salary for workers exempt from overtime

A federal district court has temporarily blocked a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that would have taken effect on December 1, 2016, and raised the minimum salary for workers who are exempt from overtime. The ruling applies nationwide. The judge’s action buys more time for the parties to argue whether the…

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Nov 21 2016
Harassment & Discrimination  

EEOC issues enforcement guidance on retaliation

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance on retaliation claims under the statutes it enforces, including the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Equal Pay Act (EPA), the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), and Title VII of the Civil…

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Nov 10 2016
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Alert: 2016 ballot measures and election results will impact the workplace

With the November 8, 2016, election in our rear-view mirror, we’re reporting on three significant developments that will affect the workplace: California’s ballot measure on recreational marijuana, Washington’s ballot measure on paid sick leave and minimum wage, and the presidential election’s impact on recent federal employment law developments.

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Nov 03 2016
Wage and Hour  

CALIFORNIA: Two new laws increase scrutiny of employers’ wage decisions

Governor Brown has signed two companion bills designed to improve pay equity in the workplace. The first expands California’s groundbreaking pay equity law beyond gender so it also covers race and ethnicity (SB 1063). The second forbids employers from using prior salary as the sole justification for a pay disparity based on…

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Oct 18 2016
Affirmative ActionHarassment & DiscriminationWage and Hour  

OFCCP wrings significant settlements from employers

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has announced a string of recent settlements with federal contractors over alleged employment discrimination.

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Aug 18 2016
Wage and Hour  

Payroll timekeeping practices: Rounding policies are permitted as long as they are neutral

The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that both federal and California law allow rounding of employee work time to the nearest quarter-hour. Rounding should be neutral and even out over time, meaning that employees could benefit from the rounding by receiving more pay just as easily as…

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Jul 28 2016
Leave LawsTermination & Resignation  

Employer failed to properly account for overtime in FMLA calculations

Because an employee was subject to discipline if he missed overtime shifts for which he volunteered, the extra shifts were actually mandatory for purposes of calculating regular work hours under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), ruled the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. The company in this…

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