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Informed Employer: September 13, 2017

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Trump Ends Requiring Firms to Report Pay Data by Gender, Race
The White House announced it will end another Obama-era policy -- this time, canceling a plan that would require businesses to collect data on how they pay employees of different races, genders, and ethnic groups. The Trump administration said the data-collection proposal from 2016 would be a burden to businesses and the information wouldn't provide meaningful insight into pay discrimination.
(Source: Inc., 2017-08-31) Read the full article
Federal Judge Rejects Obama Rule Extending Mandatory Overtime Pay
A federal judge in Texas struck down an Obama administration rule that would have extended mandatory overtime pay to more than four million U.S. workers, siding with business groups and 21 states that had challenged it. The rule would have doubled to about $47,000 the maximum salary a worker could earn and still be automatically eligible for overtime pay.
(Source: Reuters, 2017-08-31) Read the full article
Hospital Workers in Midwest Set to Protest for $15 Minimum Wage
Midwest hospital workers planned to join fast-food workers in nationwide protests on Labor Day, as they demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to join a union. While hospital workers can try to organize, worker advocates claim that they often are punished for doing so with undesirable shifts or other measures.
(Source: USA Today, 2017-08-31) Read the full article
647 Global Companies Now Offering Transgender Healthcare Coverage
According to the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, the number of employers worldwide that "provide at least one transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage plan" rose from 49 in the 2009, to 278 in the 2013, and are now at 647 this year. There are names on the list one might expect by perceived progressive companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn, and there are also other businesses on the list perceived as more conservative such as Campbell Soup, Exxon Mobil, or Marriott.
(Source: MedCity News, 2017-09-11) Read the full article
Republicans Begin Focusing on Tax Reforms, Mull 401(k) Changes
Republicans are finally making moves on tax reform. And the effort could affect your retirement.
(Source: USA Today, 2017-09-03) Read the full article
Workplace Analytics Playing Bigger Role in Hiring Process
To improve the caliber of recruitment and to ensure that the best personnel are recruited, human resources managers are turning to computer packages that allow for detailed workforce analytics to be undertaken. Workplace analytics form part of the modern workplace, especially for recruitment.
(Source: Digital Journal, 2017-09-10) Read the full article
Report Finds Black Women Earn Less than Men for Same Jobs
On average, black women are paid significantly less than men overall and white women for the same jobs, according to a July report by the not-for-profit Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. Women typically earn 80 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same job, and for black women that number slips to 67 cents relative to white men, according to the report, despite education, years of experience and location.
(Source: Miami Herald, 2017-09-03) Read the full article
Banks Seek to Expand Surveillance to Watch More Employees
Banks already using algorithms to monitor traders are looking to expand surveillance to cover more employees in the wake of the Wells Fargo scandal. Lenders asked International Business Machines Corp. if it were possible to use the technology to also watch retail-banking salespeople, loan officers and other workers, according to Marc Andrews, a manager on the company's Watson financial services team.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2017-09-05) Read the full article
 
 
 
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What Does Rescission of DACA Mean for You?

Jenifer Brown
Jenifer Brown

Christl Glier
Christl Glier

As anticipated, the Trump Administration announced its decision to "wind down" the DACA program. Specifically, no new DACA applications filed after Sept. 5, 2017 will be processed, currently pending DACA applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and renewal applications will be adjudicated only for beneficiaries with benefits expiring between now and March 5, 2018, and which have been filed as of Oct. 5, 2017. The six month wind down is intended to give Congress an opportunity to act on a DACA / Dreamer solution.

Employers are encouraged to continue conducting timely reverification of employment authorization in connection with their ongoing I-9 employment verification obligations. To the extent employers are aware of DACA as the basis of employment authorization, they should encourage affected employees with employment authorization cards expiring on or before March 5, 2018, to renew and extend DACA benefits as soon as possible and before the Oct. 5, 2017 deadline.

For additional background on the end of DACA and other changes to employment-based immigration, please see last week's immigration alert.

 

Reducing & Preventing Work Compensation Fraud


Jennifer McDaniel

Workers' compensation fraud costs employers billions of dollars each year. Claimant fraud can occur in a variety of ways including faking an injury, alleging a non-work related injury occurred on the job, exaggerating the degree of injury and/or length of disability and collecting disability benefits while secretly continuing to work or engage in activity inconsistent with medical restrictions. There are many steps employers can take to help reduce and prevent claimant fraud.

Read more here.

 

 
 
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