19 October 2021
OSHA ETS submitted to OIRA for review: On October 12, 2021, OSHA submitted to the White House’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) an emergency temporary standard requiring private employers with more than 100 employees to implement vaccine mandates or testing.
12 October 2021
Daylight Savings Time ends November 7:
When clocks are turned back an hour in the early morning on November 7th, workers on the midnight shift at that time will actually work an extra hour. Assuming that these workers are nonexempt employees, meaning that they are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), they must be paid for all hours worked
6 October 2021
Does fully vaccinated include booster shots? No one knows yet. "I think we're still in the no man's land in terms of if this will be a requirement," said Steve Bell, a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. On September 22, the Food and Drug Administration approved a third dose of Pfizer and BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine for older adults and people at high risk of severe COVID-19. The authorization does not cover individuals who received vaccines developed by Moderna or...
28 September 2021
Employees lose case on vaccine mandate: A federal judge last week ruled that a Cincinnati, Ohio-area healthcare provider could require its employees get vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their job, in what appears to be the first ruling of its kind for a private employer in the United States.
21 September 2021
Will #vaccinated make you more likely to select a candidate from LinkedIn? A growing trend in LinkedIn is identifying their vaccination status.
14 September 2021
Reminder – 2022 high deductible plans out-of-pocket maximums: Under IRS Rev. Proc. 2021-25, the following limits apply to high deductible plans in 2022:
7 September 2021
Return to the office leads to pet anxiety: As millions of employees across the U.S. anticipate a potential return to in-person work, those who are pet parents—including many who participated in the more than 2 million adoptions of dogs and cats from shelters last year — have some additional concerns beyond missing their favorite furry colleague.
31 August 2021
DHS extends Form I-9 requirement flexibility (effective September 1, 2021): The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to COVID-19. This temporary guidance was set to expire August 31, 2021.
24 August 2021
Employees regret not saving more for retirement: Three-quarters of American workers have a financial concern about retirement, according to a recent survey. The workers’ concerns are running out of money (40%), loss of income (18%), and being unable to afford medical expenses (18%), totaling 76%, according to the ninth annual American Century survey of retirement plan participants, compiled by Mathew Greenwald and Associates.
17 August 2021
Do I, or Don’t I? More than a dozen large U.S. corporations, including Walmart, Google, Tyson Foods, and United Airlines, have recently announced vaccine mandates for some or all of their workers.“With rapidly rising COVID-19 case counts of contagious, dangerous variants leading to increasing rates of severe illness and hospitalization among the U.S. unvaccinated population, this is the right time to take the next step to ensure a fully vaccinated workforce,” Dr....
10 August 2021
VETS 4212 reporting open: The VETS 4212 reporting tools are open. Federal contractors and subcontractors with $150,000 or more in contracts are required to file. The tool closes as of September 30, 2021. For more information, go to DOL VETS.
3 August 2021
Noncompetes may become a thing of the past: On July 9, 2021, President Biden issued his Executive Order on Promoting Competition in the American Economy. Earlier in the day, the White House issued a press release announcing that the anticipated order would, “[m]ake it easier to change jobs and help raise wages by banning or limiting non-compete agreements and unnecessary, cumbersome occupational licensing requirements that impede economic mobility.” Now that the executive...
27 July 2021
Pay raises coming back in 2022: According to a Willis Towers Watson survey, raises are coming back. The 2021 General Industry Salary Budget Survey found only 3% of companies are not planning to boost salaries next year, a drop from 8% that didn’t give raises this year. Notably, raises are returning to pre-pandemic levels.
20 July 2021
Are new hires ghosting you? A recent EPTW poll of the week revealed that in the last 3-6 months, 88.2% of our readers have been ghosted by an applicant or new hire. In Korn Ferry’s new survey, nearly a third of participating U.S. retailers say at least 25% of the candidates they hire to staff their distribution centers have ghosted them.
13 July 2021
Fighting unemployment claims when employee is ghosting: In a recent ASE poll, 88.2% of respondents said they have been ghosted by an applicant within the last six months. Now the employer can take repercussions.