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Informed Employer: April 11, 2018

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18 Percent of Workers Admit to Stealing Co-Workers' Lunch
Office workers beware: Lunch theft isn't as unusual as you might hope. Nearly one in five workers -- 18 percent, to be exact -- admits to having eaten someone else's lunch out of the office fridge, according to a 2017 survey from American Express OPEN.
(Source: CNBC, 2018-04-02) Read the full article
EEOC Stats Show Age Discrimination Is Increasingly Reported
In 2016, the most recent full year available, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 20,857 claims of violations under the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act. It was the ninth year in a row that the number of claims has exceeded 20,000, with the highest number in 2008 as the effects of the Great Recession began to truly take hold.
(Source: Detroit Free Press, 2018-04-02) Read the full article
BLS Finds Homicides Made Up 10% of Workplace Fatalities in 2016
Homicides accounted for 10 percent of all fatal occupational injuries in the United States in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 500 workplace homicides in 2016, an increase of 83 cases from 2015.
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2018-04-09) Read the full article
Open-Door Policies Have Workplaces Worried About Security
The shooting at the headquarters of YouTube has highlighted the security risks of Silicon Valley's relatively open corporate campuses -- particularly as tech companies' expanding influence angers more people online. But the risk is not confined to the tech sector. Many companies across the country are similarly exposed, reflecting an open-door policy that for generations has pervaded corporate America, where safety training has long focused on fire drills, earthquake-sheltering procedures and accident cleanup.
(Source: The New York Times, 2018-04-05) Read the full article
Spending Bill Includes $16M to Fight Workplace Bias, Harassment
Congress just added $16 million to fight workplace sexual harassment and discrimination -- as the #MeToo and Time's Up movements are shining a spotlight on how women and minorities are treated at work. Slipped into the $1.3 trillion spending bill that President Donald Trump signed was a budget increase for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency responsible for enforcing federal laws banning harassment and discrimination.
(Source: Money, 2018-03-29) Read the full article
Applications for H-1B Visas Closed After Just Five Days
Tech companies in the U.S. that employ highly skilled foreign citizens won't be able to hire any more through the H-1B visa program until 2019. Applications for the H-1B visa that allows skilled workers to temporarily work in the U.S. are now closed after having been opened for only five days.
(Source: CNET News, 2018-04-06) Read the full article
Spouses of Skilled Workers Told They're Losing Work Permits
Thousands of spouses of skilled workers have been told that their special work permits -- authorization that can mean the difference between struggling and thriving in their adopted homeland -- are likely to be revoked. The Trump administration announced last fall that, as part of a crackdown on H-1B visas issued for skilled workers to enter the United States, it plans to rescind an Obama-era program that allowed spouses to work.
(Source: The New York Times, 2018-04-06) Read the full article
Poll Finds Workers Back Having Say in Electing Board Members
In March, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) proposed a big idea to try to make the economy fairer: requiring public companies to let their workers directly elect one-third of the corporate board's members. A poll of more than 3,300 American likely voters by Civis Analytics finds that a majority (53 percent) would support allowing employees at large companies to elect representatives to those companies' boards of directors, thus giving employees a direct, democratic say in how the company is run.
(Source: Vox, 2018-04-06) Read the full article
Opioid Prescriptions Drop, But Firms Pay More to Treat Addiction
A new report on the opioid crisis and employer-based health coverage, finds that while the use of prescription opioids among people with employer-based health coverage has declined to its lowest levels in over a decade, the cost of treating addiction and overdoses has increased sharply. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation analysis, the annual cost of treating opioid addiction and overdose -- stemming from both prescription and illicit use -- has increased by more than eight-fold since 2004, from $0.3 billion to $2.6 billion in 2016.
(Source: Insurance Journal, 2018-04-09) Read the full article
A California Mercedes-Benz Dealership Reinterprets the FLSA

Paul Bittner

Most business owners and HR professionals are very familiar with the “white-collar” exemptions under the FLSA. However, there are dozens of other specific exemptions to overtime. If you work in the auto business, you’ll know about the dealership exemption. This exemption applies to a “salesman, partsman or mechanic” employed at a business that sells “automobiles, trailers, trucks, farm implements or aircraft.” In other words, a mechanic who works at the local car dealership’s service department is exempt from overtime, but the mechanic who works at the corner repair shop is eligible for overtime. The dealership’s parts department employee is exempt, but the employee who works at the local auto parts store is eligible for overtime.

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Canadian L-1 Petition Pilot Program Set to Take Flight

Jenifer Brown, Christl Glier & Kristin Kelley

The L-1 visa category is reserved for intracompany transferees: employees who have worked for an affiliated company abroad for more than one (1) year in a specialized knowledge or managerial capacity before transferring to a U.S. parent, subsidiary, or affiliate company. Normally, the L-1 process requires filing the petition with U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) first, and once approved, the transferee applies for the L-1 visa from a U.S. Consulate or Embassy abroad before entering the U.S. in L-1 status.

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