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Informed Employer: July 19, 2017

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Fifty Companies Ask Court to Back Law Banning Gay Workplace Bias
Dozens of companies, including Alphabet's Google, Microsoft, CBS Corp and Viacom, urged a federal appeals court to rule that a law banning sex discrimination in the workplace offers protections to gay employees. The brief, submitted by 50 companies to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, marks the first time such a large group of businesses has backed arguments about employment discrimination that LGBT groups and the administration of former President Barack Obama have made for years.
(Source: Reuters, 2017-06-26) Read the full article
Small Biz, Franchisors Ask for NLRB Joint-Employer Clarification
Representatives from the business community urged lawmakers to step in and pass federal legislation defining “joint employment” during a hearing of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Agencies and courts have adopted various tests for determining whether joint employment exists, but they often consider factors like whether a business is involved in hiring, compensation and scheduling.
(Source: HR Dive, 2017-07-13) Read the full article
U.S. Allowing 15,000 Additional Visas for Temporary Workers
The U.S. government is allowing 15,000 additional visas for temporary seasonal workers to help American businesses in danger of suffering irreparable harm because of a shortage of such labor, the Department of Homeland Security said. U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly found after consulting with Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta that there were not enough qualified and willing American workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural work, the department said in a statement.
(Source: Reuters, 2017-07-17) Read the full article
Trump Likely to End Rule Allowing Foreign Entrepreneurs in U.S.
The Trump administration said it would delay, and probably eliminate down the line, a federal rule that would have let foreign entrepreneurs come to the United States to start companies. The decision was quickly slammed by business leaders and organizations, especially from the technology sector, which has benefited heavily from start-ups founded by immigrants.
(Source: The New York Times, 2017-07-10) Read the full article
Jobs Report Finds More Americans Continuing to Work Past 65
More and more Americans are spending their golden years on the job. Almost 19 percent of people 65 or older were working at least part-time in the second quarter of 2017, according to the U.S. jobs report.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2017-07-10) Read the full article
Workers Face New Age Discrimination Challenges in Internet Age
The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act turns 50 this year -- about the age when many American workers begin to encounter the kinds of biases the law was intended to prevent. At this "milestone of middle age," quipped Victoria Lipnic, acting chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the law is grappling with new forms of age discrimination in the Internet era.
(Source: Los Angeles Times, 2017-06-26) Read the full article
Companies Turning to Recruiters as Job Openings Soar
There's hardly ever been a better, or busier, time to be a recruiter in America. While headhunters can get lofty retainers for executive positions, a 16-year low unemployment rate and a record-high number of job openings are turning workers across all sorts of industries -- from construction to trucking to software engineering -- into hot commodities.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2017-07-06) Read the full article
Eighty-Five Percent of Employers Find Resume Lies During Hiring Process
According to a survey by background screening company HireRight, 85 percent of employers uncover lies or misrepresentation about an applicant during the screening process. That's up by nearly 20 percent since 2012.
(Source: WCSH6, 2017-07-06) Read the full article
Some Firms Bring Teleworkers Back to Office, Cite Collaboration
The speed of digital technology has allowed workers to be mobile and flexible, and more employers continue to embrace remote work policies, but it has also created demand for continuous updates and real-time collaboration. And that change has driven some companies -- including IBM, Best Buy and Yahoo -- to recall some of their remote workforces back into the office.
(Source: NPR, 2017-07-11) Read the full article
Parental Meddling Becoming a Thing in the Workplace
As millennials grow into their working years, with many of them coming of age in the daunting job market that followed the Great Recession, parents are more likely to feel a proprietary stake in their children’s careers, says Ryan Webb, a recruiter and former human resources director at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. The hovering is abetted by a full complement of real-time communications options — from texting to Skype and social media — and fueled by the desire to see a return on investment for sending children to college in an age of escalating tuition.
(Source: The New York Times, 2017-06-21) Read the full article
Travel Ban Update – Who is Affected?

Jenifer Brown & Christl Glier

President Trump’s “Travel Ban” was signed just one week after he took office in January, and nearly six months later, its fate still remains unknown. A final decision appears to be on the horizon, as the U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to hear arguments on the case during its October term. In granting certiorari, the Court temporarily reinstated the travel ban for foreign nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, but only when those individuals lack a bona fide relationship with a U.S. person or entity. Foreign workers employed by U.S. companies, foreign students admitted to U.S. schools, and foreign nationals with close familial relationships with individuals in the U.S. are, thereby, excluded from the travel ban.

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Action Steps to Protect Your 403(b) Plan

Tara Schulstad Sciscoe

Employers sponsoring 403(b) plans should take steps now to ensure compliance with Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules to protect plan participants against adverse tax consequences. As we discussed in our last e-bulletin, newly released Rev. Proc. 2017-18 allows employers to retroactively self-correct 403(b) plan document failures during a correction period called the "remedial amendment period" or "RAP," which begins January 1, 2010 (or, if later, the effective date of the 403(b) plan) and ends March 31, 2020.  Prior to the March 31, 2020 deadline, employers should conduct a thorough review of their 403(b) plans both in written form and actual operation to identify and correct any failures. Failures that are not timely corrected could result in the 403(b) plan's loss of tax-advantaged status, which would mean immediate taxation of all benefits to participants.  Read more for a suggested action plan for employers to "spring clean" their 403(b) plans.

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