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► Supreme Court Bans Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals

June 15, 2020

An employer that fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 , the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in an opinion issued on June 15, 2020. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the 6-3 opinion and was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and ...

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► Best Strategies for Return-to-Workplace Preparation

June 12, 2020

In mid-May, we surveyed 142 companies, and on average, scores were at a 5 out of 10, with a wide range between 0 and 8. This range is not surprising. Developing a return-to-work (RTW) plan is an “adaptive challenge.” Companies haven’t handled it before, so there are no proven ...

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► EEOC Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance Publication

June 11, 2020

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released an updated and expanded technical assistance publication addressing questions arising under the federal equal employment opportunity laws related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The publication, “ What You Should Know ...

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► Employers Watching Bill Aimed at Easing PPP Loan Forgiveness Rules

June 2, 2020

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)—called a godsend by some and seriously flawed by others—may be in for a bit of an overhaul. The House passed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act on May 28, and the measure is expected to get a vote in the Senate soon, but not ...

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► Pros and Cons of Offering Employee Loans

May 27, 2020

Has your organization considered offering employee loans as a benefit? Given the number of people in the United States who live paycheck to paycheck, there are a lot of employees out there who are one emergency away from needing financial assistance in some form. Many employers have opted to ...

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► Liability Issues on The Minds of Employers as Businesses Reopen

May 25, 2020

As some states begin to loosen restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, employers are eager to get back to business but also worried about potential legal liability triggered by the virus. Drafts of legislation have begun to make the rounds in the U.S. Senate to provide a shield ...

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► Court Rules COBRA Election Notice was Properly Given by Mail

May 20, 2020

Plan administrators should establish procedures to accumulate and update address information for all covered employees and beneficiaries (including qualified beneficiaries and potential qualified beneficiaries). These procedures need to be communicated to all participants and followed by plan ...

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► New Rule Allows Overtime Exemption for More Commission-Paid Workers

May 19, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a new rule that potentially could allow more employers to take advantage of the overtime exemption allowed for certain employees who are paid on commission. The DOL’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced the new rule on May 18, calling ...

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► Increase in Remote Work Likely a Lasting Effect of COVID-19

May 15, 2020

Not so long ago, remote work arrangements were thought of as a nice perk for tech-proficient employees seeking an end to tiresome commutes and a way to enhance work/life balance. Then came the coronavirus and employer- and government-mandated measures aimed at slowing the spread of the disease it ...

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► EEOC Delays EEO-1 Surveys until 2021

May 12, 2020

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced it won’t require private-sector employers to submit EEO-1 data this year. But Don’t Throw Away Your 2019 Data Ordinarily, all private-sector employers with at least 100 ...

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