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NEW MINIMUM WAGE FOR FEDERAL CONTRACT WORKERS

February 13, 2014

On February 12, 2014, President Obama signed an Executive Order requiring federal contractors to pay their employees a minimum wage of $10.10 beginning January 1, 2015. A fact sheet issued by the White House says the order applies to U.S. contractors, such as National Park Service concessions ...

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DISCRIMINATION CHARGE STATISTICS FOR 2013

February 7, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released enforcement and litigation data showing that the agency obtained the highest monetary recovery in agency history for 2013, increasing by $6.7 million to $372.1 million. The data provides detailed breakdowns for the 93,727 charges ...

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USCIS RELEASES NEW VIGNETTES ON FORM I-9 COMPLETION

February 5, 2014

The USCIS just released three short video vignettes for employers and employees that demonstrates how to complete the Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9. Every newly hired employee must complete Form I-9, including citizens and nationals of the United States. Both the employer and the ...

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SELF-IDENTIFICATION OF DISABILITY FORM RELEASED

January 27, 2014

Last August, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) announced a Final Rule that makes changes to the regulations implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (see previous Hot News ).  Section 503 prohibits employment ...

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EMPLOYER PAYS $2.2 MILLION FOR HIRING DISCRIMINATION

January 24, 2014

A meat production company charged with hiring discrimination has agreed to pay more than $2.2 million to settle the case. The company will pay back wages and interest to nearly 3,000 applicants rejected for jobs. The U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs ...

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REPORT ON OBSTACLES FACING WOMEN IN FEDERAL WORKPLACE

January 22, 2014

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a comprehensive report addressing major obstacles hindering equal opportunities for women in the federal workforce. The report, prepared by an internal agency work group, is based upon in-depth research and widespread consultations ...

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NEW WEB RESOURCE TO PROTECT HOSPITAL WORKERS

January 20, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently launched a new educational web resource to help hospitals prevent worker injuries. The web page has extensive materials including fact books, self-assessments and best practice guides to assess ...

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NLRB POSTING RULE ABANDONED

January 15, 2014

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has announced it will not seek Supreme Court review of two Court of Appeals decisions invalidating the NLRB’s posting rule requiring private sector employers to post a notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) in the ...

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POSTING DEADLINE FOR OSHA FORM 300A

January 13, 2014

Employers with 11 or more employees, whose businesses are subject to OSHA recordkeeping requirements, must post annual injury/illness summaries for the preceding year from February 1 through April 30 using OSHA Form 300A. Throughout the year, covered employers are required to log job-related ...

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IRS FORM W-4 FOR 2014

January 6, 2014

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the 2014 Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate . Employers use the W-4 Form to determine how much federal income tax to deduct from employees’ pay. Form W-4 Basics All newly hired employees must complete Form W-4 ...

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