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► EEOC Announces 2021 Schedule for EEO Data Collection

February 26, 2021

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commis-sion (EEOC) recently announced the upcoming opening of four EEO data collections. The agency collects workplace data from public and private employers meeting certain thresholds annually but had previously delayed collection of the 2019 and 2020 data ...

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► Voluntary or Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations? You Decide

February 24, 2021

Employers are weighing whether to require or simply encourage employees to get the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes more readily available. Here are some pros and cons, legal concerns, and practical issues to consider. Making shots mandatory: Employers may want to implement a ...

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► Tips For Tackling Income Tax Issues Triggered by Remote Employees

February 22, 2021

The COVID-19 crisis has brought major changes to the U.S. workforce. Many employers have transitioned their workforces to remote work. Now, employees can work from anywhere with an Internet connection. Many employees have taken advantage of the flexibility by in-vesting in home office spaces, ...

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► OSHA Guidance Touches on More Than Masks, Distancing

February 21, 2021

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued new guidance for employers to help protect workers from COVID-19. Importantly, the guide-lines touch on more than just best mask and social distancing practices. They cover complicated COVID-related employment issues, such as ...

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► Calling an Employee a Temp Doesn't Make It So

February 18, 2021

Staffing and hiring during the pandemic are especially chaotic. Many employers that do not traditionally use temporary staff are seeking to fill short-term gaps in the workforce or simply want employees for a short time because it’s unclear what the business structure will look like once ...

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► Employers Likely to Seek Exceptions in $15 Minimum Wage Bill

February 8, 2021

Employers are getting a look at a bill that would set a $15-an-hour federal minimum wage by 2025. The bill, which is in line with President Joe Biden’s call for an increase in the federal minimum, which has stood at $7.25 since 2009, is likely to spur calls for relief from certain ...

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► Biden's Call for $15 Federal Worker Minimum Wage May Signal Things to Come

January 27, 2021

One of President Joe Biden’s latest execu-tive orders calls for the federal government to begin planning how to move toward instituting a $15-an-hour minimum wage for federal employees and private-sector workers that work on federal contracts. Such a move is in line with recent calls from ...

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► DOL addresses posting requirements for virtual workplaces

January 25, 2021

Recognizing remote work is here to stay for many employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued guidance on how employers can use virtual means to distribute and maintain the various posters required by federal employment laws. Background Several federal laws, including the ...

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► EEOC Gets New Chair, But Major Policy Changes Likely On Hold

January 22, 2021

President Joe Biden has switched the leader-ship of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) from Republicans to Democrats, but the GOP still holds a majority of the commission’s five seats, meaning immediate major policy changes may not be quick in coming. On January 20, Biden ...

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► Firing of NLRB General Counsel Seen as Pro-labor Shift

January 21, 2021

On his first day in office, President Joe Biden fired a key figure at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in a move that’s being called a clear signal the agency is moving from a probusiness to a prounion stance. NLRB Shortly after Biden was sworn in on January 20, NLRB ...

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