News

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Latest items in News

  • EEOC Details Its Plans for Enforcement, Outreach

    Date:
    February 20, 2018

    The EEOC has released its Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2018-2022 following review of comments submitted on the draft Strategic Plan. The EEOC also submitted its FY 2019 budget request, seeking more than $1.8 million above the current budgetary level.

  • EEOC's Limitations on Criminal Background Checks Blocked in Texas

    Date:
    February 16, 2018

    A federal judge has blocked the EEOC from enforcing an Obama-era pronouncement in Texas that advised employers to use criminal background checks only when they are job-related or tied to legitimate business needs.

  • Gig Worker Found to Be Independent Contractor in First-of-Its-Kind Ruling

    Date:
    February 14, 2018

    Lawson v. GrubHub appears to be the first ruling involving gig workers who perform on-demand work facilitated by a digital platform.

  • New Scams Target Employees' Payroll Direct Deposits

    Date:
    February 12, 2018

    The FBI is warning employers of new email phishing scams targeting employees to gain access to their direct deposit information on the company's self-service payroll platform. Once the fraudsters obtain an employee's payroll portal credentials, the employee's direct deposits are rerouted to the scammer's bank account.

  • EEOC Reducing Backlog of Workplace Discrimination Charges

    Date:
    February 9, 2018

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) resolved almost 15,000 more charges of workplace discrimination than the roughly 84,000 new charges it took in during fiscal 2017, reducing its backlog of unresolved charges to the lowest level in 10 years.

  • Increased Workplace Fatalities Raise Concerns

    Date:
    February 7, 2018

    The Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries shows that workplace fatalities jumped 7 percent in 2016. This marks the fourth consecutive year that fatalities have increased, and the first time since 2008 that workplace deaths exceeded 5000.

  • "No Poaching" Agreements Could Be Subject to Criminal Enforcement by DOJ

    Date:
    February 5, 2018

    The Department of Justice may soon bring criminal enforcement actions against employers that have "no poaching" agreements in place not to recruit certain employees or not to compete on compensation terms.

  • IRS Renews Warning of Form W-2 Scams Targeting HR and Payroll

    Date:
    January 31, 2018

    The IRS is again warning about an email scam that seeks to trick HR and payroll professionals into providing employees' Forms W-2 containing their personal identifying information. When cyber criminals obtain this identifying information, they use it to file fraudulent tax returns to obtain tax refunds.

  • IRS Issues Highly Anticipated Form W-4 Guidance in Wake of Tax Reform

    Date:
    January 29, 2018

    The IRS has published Notice 2018-14, providing much needed guidance on Form W-4 due to the significant changes made by the recent tax reform law.

  • Minimum Wage Credit for Board and Lodging Leaves No Room for Profit, 4th Circuit Rules

    Date:
    January 29, 2018

    The actual cost of operating and maintaining a room, not market value, determines how much of a minimum wage credit an employer may claim, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Balbed v. Eden Park Guest House.