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Informed Employer: October 25, 2017

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ICE to Increase Crackdown on Employers Hiring Illegal Immigrants
The administration's top immigration enforcement official said his agency will vastly step up crackdowns on employers who hire undocumented immigrants -- a new front in President Donald Trump's hardline immigration agenda. Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said he has instructed Homeland Security Investigations, the investigative unit of ICE, to potentially quintuple worksite enforcement actions next year.
(Source:, 2017-10-17) Read the full article
Weinstein Employment Contract Raises Questions on Morals Clauses
Harvey Weinstein's employment contract reportedly permits him to survive any changes of unallowed behavior, like sexual harassment, so long as he pays a fine and any costs the company incurs. The reported provision would read as almost the inverse of the "morals clause" found in many employment contracts, especially in the entertainment and sports fields.
(Source: Inc., 2017-10-16) Read the full article
Trump Won't Make Changes to Tax-Deferred Retirement Savings Plans
President Donald Trump said there will not be changes to tax-deferred retirement savings plans under his proposed tax plan, shooting down reports that House Republicans were considering tweaking or capping one of the most popular breaks. Workers can currently put as much as $18,000 -- or as much as $24,000 for workers over 50 --in those accounts each year without paying taxes up front.
(Source: Bloomberg, 2017-10-23) Read the full article
Sexual Harassment Pervasive in Workplace, Many Fear Retaliation
Shame, fear and cultural norms all allow sexual harassment to go underreported. There is so much we don't know, but there is research that tells us some specifics about the state of the problem and the factors that make it better or worse in different workplaces.
(Source: Vox, 2017-10-15) Read the full article
Four in 10 LGBT Workers Report Feeling Bullied at Work, Survey Finds
The office should be a place where employees can focus on getting work done, but a good share of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers say they're getting harassed on the job. About four out of 10 LGBT workers report feeling bullied at work, or 11 percentage points higher than the national average of all workers combined, according to a new study from CareerBuilder.
(Source: CBS News, 2017-10-19) Read the full article
Many People Shunning Long-Term Disability Insurance
Sixty-five percent of respondents surveyed this year by LIMRA, an association of financial services and insurance companies, said that most people need disability insurance. But the figure shrank to 48 percent when people were asked if they believe they personally need it.
(Source: Chicago Tribune, 2017-10-20) Read the full article
California Bill Stops Employers From Asking About Previous Salary
A landmark new law designed to narrow the gender pay gap in the nation's most populous state bars California employers from inquiring about applicants' previous salaries and benefits. The new law applies to both men and women, but it is mainly aimed at countering discrimination which can follow women from job to job.
(Source: The Orange County Register, 2017-10-12) Read the full article
Survey Says Employees Not Paying Attention When Choosing Benefits
An Aflac survey of 5,000 employees found that 92 percent of workers last year kept the same benefits selections, and more than 80 percent spent less than an hour sussing out their options. All that comes at a cost: Aflac reported that more than half of employees estimate that they are wasting up to $750 a year because of suboptimal benefit choices.
(Source: CNBC, 2017-10-19) Read the full article
Millennial Workers Not Afraid to Reveal Earnings, Survey Says
Salary talk has long been considered taboo, but Millennial workers aren't being shy when it comes to divulging their earnings, according to a new survey from personal finance blog The Cashlorette, a Bankrate company. More than 60 percent of workers ages 18-36 have told their salary to an immediate family member, while 48 percent have talked about it with a friend and 30 percent have revealed their number to a co-worker.
(Source:, 2017-10-19) Read the full article
Legal Issues in Higher Education Seminar

Join us for Ice Miller's 2017 Legal Issues in Higher Education Seminar at our Indianapolis office! The program will include keynote speaker Jamie Merisotis, President and CEO of Lumina Foundation. We are offering 3 hours of complimentary Indiana CLE credit and 2 PDCs for the SHRM-CPsm or SHRM-SCPsm.

Jenifer Brown of Ice Miller's Labor, Employment and Immigration Group will be a speaker at this seminar.

Click here to learn more and register.

Changes to Green Card Policies

Kristin Kelley and Jenifer Brown

As part of its efforts to reduce fraud and protect the integrity of the immigration system, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently implemented changes to several long-standing policies and practices affecting green card processing. Employers and their sponsored foreign national employees should take note of these changes, as they impact the process and timeline for employment-based green card applications (Form I-485).

Read more here.


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