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Informed Employer: August 1, 2018

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Survey Finds Half of LGBTQ Employees Not Out at Work
Nearly half of all LGBTQ employees aren't out at work, according to a new survey from the Human Rights Campaign. In the same survey, 31 percent of LGBTQ respondents said they felt unhappy or depressed at work, while another 20 percent had stayed home from work because their workplace "wasn't always accepting of LGBTQ people."
(Source:, 2018-07-25) Read the full article
SEC Raises Equity Compensation Disclosure Threshold to $10M
Securities Act Rule 701 exempts non-reporting companies from disclosing stock issued as compensation to employees if the aggregate sales price or amount of securities sold during any consecutive 12-month period was $5 million or less. The commission said it had adopted a final rule that raises the disclosure threshold to $10 million.
(Source:, 2018-07-19) Read the full article
#MeToo Has Employers Getting Stricter with Office Dating Policies
Research published by outplacement and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that companies with office dating policies have been clamping down on romance in the workplace. Some 78 percent of HR executives who responded to the June survey said that they do not allow relationships between a manager and a direct report.
(Source: Fortune, 2018-07-18) Read the full article
Calif. Court Rules Employers Must Pay Workers for Off Clock Work
The California Supreme Court decided unanimously that employers must pay workers for the minutes they spend on brief tasks off the clock. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which asked the state high court to clarify the law, is considering a proposed class-action lawsuit against Starbucks brought by a supervisor who spent several minutes each night closing the store and walking workers to their cars after clocking out.
(Source: Los Angeles Times, 2018-07-26) Read the full article
Trump Signs Executive Order to Create Job Training Initiatives
President Trump, responding to companies' struggles with a shortage of skilled workers that has left more than six million jobs unfilled nationwide, signed an executive order geared at better aligning government training programs with the demands of industry. The order creates a Council for the American Worker, led by the secretaries of commerce and labor, that will focus on consolidating existing federal programs and funding new job training initiatives, with a special concentration on expanding apprenticeship programs and retraining older workers without college degrees.
(Source: The New York Times, 2018-07-19) Read the full article
Job Seekers Want Employers to Help with Student Loan Debt
The competition to attract and retain talent is fierce. Yet one benefit that job hunters and young employees say they want isn't being embraced: employer repayment of student loan debt.
(Source: SHRMOnline, 2018-07-30) Read the full article
More Employers Offering Summer Workers Full-Time Jobs
With employers scrambling for workers, they're increasingly viewing summer hires not as temporary laborers to meet a seasonal surge in demand but as a tantalizing pool of potential employees. As summer jobs season enters its final weeks, more businesses are making permanent job offers to their seasonal workers, many of whom are accepting them, staffing experts say.
(Source: USA Today, 2018-07-30) Read the full article
Employers Experiment with Shorter Work Weeks, with Strong Results
A New Zealand firm that let its employees work four days a week while being paid for five says the experiment was so successful that it hoped to make the change permanent. Similar experiments in other countries have tested the concept of reducing work hours as a way of improving individual productivity.
(Source: The New York Times, 2018-07-19) Read the full article
Companies Promoting Nap Time to Help Workers Catch Up on Sleep
Routinely getting less than seven to nine hours of sleep a night hurts workplace performance, according to Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley and author of "Why We Sleep." Companies are adding nap rooms or napping pods to their offices to give workers a space to recharge.
(Source:, 2018-07-24) Read the full article
Janus v. AFSCME: Supreme Court Bans Mandatory Union Agency Fees for Public Employees – Could the Private Sector be Next?

Manolis Boulukos

On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in Janus v. AFSCME, a case concerning whether public employees can be compelled to pay "agency fees"—the portion of union dues and fees that go to a union's representational costs. The decision played out as most labor law commentators expected, with a 5-4 conservative majority finding the mandatory payment of such by public employees violates the First Amendment. When it comes to public employment, this decision means no public employee anywhere in the United States can be forced to pay any sort of dues or fees to a union as a condition of employment. Effectively, Janus institutes a national "right-to-work" law for public employment and requires public employees to affirmatively opt-in to paying agency fees.

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Join Ice Miller at the HR Indiana Annual Conference

Join us at the HR Indiana Annual Conference and the Midwest Diversity, Inclusion and Disability Awareness (DDIA) Conference with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM.) The annual conference will take place from August 20-22 at the JW Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis. The Midwest DDIA Conference is a one and a half day conference immediately following the close of HR Indiana.

Ice Miller attorneys from our Labor, Employment and Immigration Group will be presenting on a variety of topics. See a list of our speaking engagements and sessions below:

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