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EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released updated guidance on Sept. 8 clarifying that employers can screen workers for COVID-19 without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they follow guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other authorities. “Consistent with the ADA standard, employers should ensure that the

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Employer and Worker Groups Want Government to Enforce Mask Rules

More than 20 states now require people to wear masks in certain circumstances, and some business groups and worker advocates say state and local leaders are not doing enough to enforce the mandates, which are meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus. “Current local and state mandatory mask requirements vary widely in scope, application and


Are Your Pay Rates Compliant for 2020?

Many states raised the minimum wage, and some bumped the exempt salary cutoff Although the federal minimum wage has been $7.25 for years, 29 states and Washington, D.C., have higher rates, and many new wage hikes took effect this year. “Where a state or locality has implemented a minimum-wage rate that is higher than the

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DOL Clarifies How to Calculate Overtime for Bonus

In one of three recent opinion letters, the Department of Labor (DOL) explained how to calculate overtime pay for bonuses given for the completion of training over a period longer than one workweek. The bonus should be allocated equally to each week of the training period, according to the department, which said it would update

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Employers Should Plan Now for New Federal Overtime Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is expected to set a new salary threshold soon for the white-collar exemptions to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)—but employers should start planning for changes now. The DOL might not give employers more than three or four months between the announcement of the final rule


EEOC On Schedule to Open Component 2 Reporting July 15, 2019

By Laura A. Mitchell on June 17, 2019  In its most recent status update, filed with the court as ordered by Judge Tanya S. Chutkan, EEOC is reporting it and NORC are on schedule to open the EEO-1 Component 2 pay data reporting tool on July 15, 2019. The status report explained that a Computer-assisted Web


Employers Must Report 2017 and 2018 EEO-1 Pay Data

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that employers must report pay data, broken down by race, sex and ethnicity, from 2017 and 2018 payrolls. The pay data reports are due Sept. 30.  Employers had been waiting to learn what pay data they would need to file—if any at all—as litigation on the matter


Employee Can Proceed with Bias Lawsuit Despite Failure to File EEOC Charge

An employer waited too long after an employee filed a discrimination lawsuit to point out that the worker failed to properly file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before suing in court. Therefore, the employer forfeited its argument that the lawsuit should be dismissed because the employee failed to exhaust administrative remedies,

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How to Respond to the Spread of Measles in the Workplace

Employers and educators are cooperating with health departments to fight the spread of measles, now at its highest number of cases in one year since 1994: 764. Two California universities—California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)—recently quarantined staff and students at the request of local health


Federal Overtime Rule Proposal Revives Debate on Fair Salary Cutoff

As employers grapple with a new federal overtime rule proposal, the business community has described the salary threshold as fair, but worker advocates say the proposed level isn’t high enough. On March 7, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced its plan to raise the salary threshold to $35,308—which falls between the current $23,660 cutoff and


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