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► EEOC Regains Quorum But Key Vacancies & Questions Remain

May 24, 2019

The Senate’s confirmation of Janet Dhillon to take a seat on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) means the agency has a quorum—for now—but the five-member commission still has two vacancies, and the term of one of the current members expires on July 1. Dhillon, ...

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► The Delicate Balance of Managing Political Speech at Work

May 22, 2019

HR professionals have the responsibility to enforce workplace rules, promote cooperation, insist on civility and respect, and—most of all—remind folks they are on one team, at least in the workplace. Meanwhile, another election season is imminent. How do you keep people working ...

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► Wellness Programs: Do they Really Work?

May 17, 2019

A study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has raised questions about the value of workplace wellness programs. While the findings confirmed that employees who participate in wellness programs make positive behavior changes, the results of this study ...

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► EEO-1 Update: May 31 and Sept 30 Filing Deadlines and New Details

May 13, 2019

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has made its decision on which two years of data it will collect for a newly required component of the annual EEO-1 report. And although the agency has set a September 30 deadline for submitting that data, it also is appealing the court ruling ...

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► Creative Ways Employers are Cutting Benefits Costs

May 9, 2019

Employers face two important challenges with their benefit programs: meeting employee demands for personalized coverage and continuing to manage costs. This year, employers are exploring some innovative approaches to achieving both goals. Many of these changes also serve to drive consumerism and ...

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► DOL Confirms Preemption of State Withholding Laws

May 6, 2019

Every once in a while, an employer’s benefits practice will potentially violate a state law. In those instances, the employer practice is protected by a doctrine known as preemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently ...

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► Judge Sets New Due Date for EEO-1 Pay Data Component

April 25, 2019

Employers finally have an answer to when they must comply with a new requirement regarding their annual EEO-1 reports. A court has decided there will be two due dates for the 2018 report: one for race/ ethnicity, gender and job category; and one for pay data. In the April 25 ruling, the U.S. ...

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► High Court Agrees to Review Gay, Transgender Workplace Protections

April 22, 2019

Employers can look forward to learning whether sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under federal antidiscrimination law, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up three cases that will provide clarity on the issue. The Court announced on April 22 that it would take ...

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► ERISA, Other DOL Penalties Increased for 2019

April 19, 2019

Maximum penalties for violating many employment and benefits laws were increased as part of an inflation adjustment rule recently published (84 Fed. Reg. 213) by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). This department-wide rule represents the third annual adjustment made to implement the Federal ...

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► Best Practices: Helping Employees Manage Conflict

April 16, 2019

Helping employees manage conflict successfully can be critical to maintaining positive employee morale in the workplace. And this task falls not just upon direct managers and supervisors, but also upon the entire HR team. HR professionals need to be able to provide both employees and ...

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