As of April 8, 2019, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed 39 total measles cases statewide since March 13, 2019. Oakland County has 38 cases, and one was a Wayne County resident.
The hottest issue in the EEO area is pay discrimination. In the news it is often written that women earn approximately 20 cents or more less than a male counterpart. When it is broken down by race, the disparity grows even larger. However, does disparity mean discrimination?
Religious accommodations generally do not rise to the level of a disability accommodation when reviewed by courts. But a recent case against Walgreens indicates that standard may change.
The North American Talent Board Candidate Experience Awards Benchmark Research, or CandE Program, found that there was improvement on the candidate experience from 2018. The research included 200 participating companies and over 30,000 job seekers. 70% of the employer participants were from the technology, services, financial, and healthcare industries, with financial employers increasing 34% from 2017.
On Monday a federal judge ordered the White House budget office to lift its stay of the reporting of pay with the EEO-1 tool granting summary judgment to the National Women's Law Center and the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement. It is questionable whether the two groups have standing to bring this lawsuit.
A number of Democratic contenders for president have signed on to the slogan, Medicare-for-All. But there is confusion as to what it means and how to pay for it.
There have been a number of lawsuits filed testing the accessibility of websites and compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It is costly for organizations to defend these lawsuits, and especially will be as “tester” applicants muddy the waters.
Now that it's 2019, the crystal ball is brought out to provide a glimmer of the future. What should HR expect down the road? How can HR be more proactive and ahead of the curve? In HR, it’s like putting out fires every day, and strategic thinking goes to the wayside when every minute something new and distracting takes precedence. The following are predictions by various seers as to HR in 2019 and beyond.
OFCCP is moving at light speed to make changes as to how it operates. There have been a number of new directives in 2018 already, “righting the ship” from the previous administration. Now comes three new directives for Fiscal Year 2019 (DIR 2019-01, DIR 2019-04, and DIR 2019-03). These directives are officially changing the way OFCCP is doing business and how audits will be handled in the future.
For employers defending an equal pay act (EPA) discrimination claim, the “factor other than sex” affirmative defense generally prevails, except when it doesn’t. And lately, courts have been more reluctant to accept the affirmative defense.
Last week was a big push by the Trump administration to reduce benefit burdens on small businesses by re-energizing Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) and 401Ks. These efforts will make an impact towards coverage of small employer employees with both healthcare and 401K access and allow these employers to be more competitive in the war for talent.
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