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EEOC Readies Wellness Incentives Rule; Congress Responds
Liability safeguards outlined by former EEOC vice chair at SHRM conference
By Stephen Miller, CEBS 3/27/2015
Confusion over the use of financial incentives in worksite wellness programs may be heading toward some clarity, depending on proposed regulations to be issued shortly by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). To continue reading this article, please click here.
Supreme Court Revives Pregnancy Discrimination Act Claim
By Allen Smith 3/25/2015
A Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on March 25, 2015, may be overshadowed by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, enacted in 2008 and in effect since Jan. 1, 2009. To continue reading this article, please click here.
Starbucks’ ‘Race Relations’ Campaign Was Breeding Ground for Lawsuits, Experts Say
By Dana Wilkie 3/25/2015
Starbucks’ week-long campaign urging employees to write “Race Together” on coffee cups to spark conversations about race relations was not only “absurd” and “irresponsible,” according to some employment law experts, but also had the potential to open the coffee giant to liability. To continue reading this article, please click here.
Immigration Issues Remain Unresolved
By John Scorza 3/26/2015
Congress can’t get it together on immigration, courts are blocking major White House actions and the Obama administration is keeping employers waiting for regulatory guidance. On all fronts, key employment-related immigration issues are up in the air.
In Congress, legislative action is stalled on increasing the cap on H-1B visas—temporary visas for highly educated foreign professionals. Employers are expected to file as many as 200,000 H-1B visa applications starting April 1, but only 85,000 visas will be available, according to Rebecca Peters, director and counsel for legislative affairs at the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI). To continue reading this article, please click here.
Could ‘Transparency’ Measures Alter EEOC’s Enforcement Role?
By Bill Leonard 3/25/2015
Depending on whom you listen to, legislation being considered by the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections will either restore balance to the law enforcement efforts of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or roll back and potentially eliminate several essential workforce protections. To continue reading this article, please click here.
Study: U.S. Millennials’ Skills Don’t Match Education
By Bill Leonard 3/25/2015
Millennials are on track to be the best educated generation in U.S. history, but their education level isn’t translating into the job skills that most employers seek, according to a recent report from Educational Testing Service (ETS). To continue reading this article, please click here.
D.C.: Legislation Allows Employees to Discuss Wages
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