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?
Late yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor published its new proposed rule raising the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “white collar” exemption to $35,308/year or $679/week from $23,660/yr. or $455/week. The salary level test is one of three criteria that must be met to legally exempt an employee from overtime and some recordkeeping requirements.
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.
Employers are increasingly broadening their scope of employee benefits to meet the changing demands of the workforce. Telemedicine, employee discount programs, and elder-care resources top the list of most used employee benefits in 2018.
Late Thursday, Governor Snyder signed the Minimum Wage law (SB 1171) that takes Michigan’s minimum wage to a maximum of $12.05/hr. in 2030 and removed the future indexing of the minimum wage to inflation. He also signed the Earned Sick Time law (SB 1175) that implements paid time off for employee or family member illness, injury, domestic violence, and sexual assault. The new law applies to employers with over 50 employees.
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.
The White House Administration’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology predicts that by 2020 the U.S. will be short 1 million tech professionals. How can employers do their part to help this growing shortage?
Last week the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) Wage and Hour Division issued a set of new Opinion Letters on the following questions:
According to a Payscale study of 160,000 employees throughout the country, 37% of employees have asked for raises. Of those who did, 70% received one. 39% got what they asked for, and 31% got less than what they requested.
A lawsuit by 20 states was filed in federal court in Texas challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in February. Texas argues that last year’s tax reform law, which stripped the ACA of the individual mandate, made the ACA unconstitutional. If the individual mandate is stripped away, the Department of Justice (DOJ), agreeing with Texas, argues that two other key parts of Obamacare should fall with it.
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