Informed Employer: If You Use Applicant Background Checks, the FCRA Is Lurking Informed Employer: If You Use Applicant Background Checks, the FCRA Is Lurking

Informed Employer: If You Use Applicant Background Checks, the FCRA Is Lurking

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Businesses Have Dec. Deadline to Comply with New Overtime Rules
Corporations usually take a year or more to overhaul their compensation programs. But HR managers only have until Dec. 1 to review and revise pay at their companies in order to comply with the U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act overtime rule changes, which will raise the threshold for exempt status to $47,476.
(Source: SHRMOnline, 2016-06-07) Read the full article
Workers Have No Recourse for Not Cooperating in Investigations
When a company learns it is the focus of a government investigation, the first step is to start an internal investigation to figure out what happened. To determine any potential exposure for wrongdoing, it needs the cooperation of its employees who were involved with the conduct. If they do not cooperate, a recent decision by a federal appeals court makes it clear that the company can fire them with little fear that the termination will be considered improper.
(Source: The New York Times, 2016-06-20) Read the full article
Workplace Harassment Still Rampant, EEOC Task Force Finds
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace released a comprehensive and startling report on harassment in the United States. Nearly one-third of the 90,000 charges of discrimination received by the EEOC last fiscal year included workplace harassment.
(Source: Slate, 2016-06-20) Read the full article
Firms File Lawsuit to Replace H-1B Visa Lottery with New System
Two firms, whose job candidates lost the H-1B visa lottery, have filed a lawsuit that seeks to end the current distribution system based on luck. The lawsuit says there is "no legal justification" for the visa lottery and wants it replaced by a system that issues H-1B visas in the order they are received.
(Source: Computerworld, 2016-06-06) Read the full article
Employers Finding They May Need to Change PTO Offerings
Traditional paid leave programs are still the most common way to offer time off to employees, but workers are increasingly asking for leave programs that address their specific needs, and employers may want to consider expanding their paid time off policies to attract the best talent. Nearly 90 percent of organizations that participated in a WorldatWork survey said it's necessary to offer some type of paid time off program to attract top talent and drive organizational success.
(Source: BNA, 2016-06-16) Read the full article
ACA Employer Mandate Led to Rise in Involuntary Part-Time Work
The Affordable Care Act's employer mandate has at least modestly led to a rise in involuntary part-time employment, according to a Goldman Sachs study. This is only a fraction of the 6.4 million workers employed part-time for economic reasons, he said, but would be a significant share of the "underemployment gap."
(Source: MarketWatch, 2016-06-08) Read the full article
Minimum-Coverage Requirement Could Boost Retirement Savings
Establishing a nationwide minimum-coverage requirement for retirement plans could be a path forward to helping Americans save adequately for retirement, according to new recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center. Such a mandate would require companies with 50 or more employees not offering retirement plans to automatically enroll workers into a retirement account, according to "Securing Our Financial Future: Report of the Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings."
(Source: BNA, 2016-06-10) Read the full article
Employers Say Smartphones Cause Hours of Lost Productivity Each Day
A survey of 2,186 hiring managers and 3,031 full-time workers by CareerBuilder showed how smartphones were becoming a nuisance for many businesses. A majority -- 55 percent -- of employers considered smartphones to be the biggest killers of workplace productivity.
(Source: CBS News, 2016-06-09) Read the full article
Employees Say Noise Stifles Productivity in Workplace
A report, "When the Walls Come Down: How Smart Companies are Rewriting the Rules of the Open Workplace," is the result of a survey of 1,200 global employees and executives conducted by the research firm Oxford Economics and funded by headset manufacturer Plantronics. It lists noise and distractions as the biggest inhibitors to productivity and employee satisfaction.
(Source: Small Business Trends, 2016-06-14) Read the full article
If You Use Applicant Background Checks, the FCRA Is Lurking

William Barath

​Employers are accustomed to dealing with hurdles posed by federal and state laws and day-to-day employee situations. Some hurdles cannot be avoided. For example, a business may face a decision whether to terminate a problematic employee. Understanding that there may be some litigation risk if termination is pursued, the business must decide whether the benefit of removing the employee outweighs the risk of doing so. Those types of close calls are difficult to avoid and are sometimes just part of doing business.

On the other end of the spectrum, some hurdles can be avoided if a business makes minimal effort to ensure that its practices comply with the law. An example is the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Too many employers do not make even the minimal front end investment to avoid compliance issues with the FCRA. Failing to ensure technical FCRA compliance can lead to serious exposure to any business with employees.

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Accommodations for Expectant Mothers: Not just Expected

Stephanie Kelly

Providing appropriate accommodations to pregnant employees and applicants is not just a ‘nice to have’ on the checklist of employees’ wish lists. It’s the law. In early 2015, the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA) even expanded protection to expectant mothers during pregnancy and for common conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth. Take a moment to review your company’s compliance with pregnant employee and applicant regulations.

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School Is Out

Corey Crognale

Perhaps you are hiring some young workers. Remember that teens lack the judgment of your older workers. Extra training in risk awareness and safety is essential. More than 150,000 teens have work injuries every year. Keep your teen workers safe!



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