EEO-1 Wage Reporting: The EEOC's Next Employer Burden

On February 1, 2016, as employers wrapped up employee W-2s for the year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published proposed additions to EEO-1 data reporting for employers. In a joint effort with the Department of Labor and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program (OFCCP), the EEOC seeks to gather employee wage data to assist with prevention of pay discrimination and enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. According to the EEOC, the proposal is based on its work with the President's National Equal Pay Task Force and recommendations from various studies, including a National Academy of Sciences report, an EEOC Pilot Study, and work groups. [More]

New Department of Labor overtime rule is expected to cost businesses a bundle

In an online article posted on February 3, 2016 by Crain's Cleveland Business and titled, "New Department of Labor overtime rule is expected to costs businesses a bundle," Patricia F. Weisberg warned employers to stay abreast of all Department of Labor changes, including anticipated overtime rule changes later this year, in order to avoid financial penalties and/or criminal charges. [More]

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance on Joint Employers - New interpretations could mean more employers found liable for FLSA violations

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division ("WHD") issued guidance for businesses where two or more separate entities each have relationships with the same workers. The guidance addresses when businesses will be considered to be joint employers and, therefore, may be jointly liable for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") which governs employer pay practices. The guidance also impacts the calculation of overtime because time worked for separate entities may be added together in order to determine the amount of hours an employee works each week, thus giving rise to potential overtime claims. [More]

"Ban the Box" for Public Employers in Ohio

In late December 2015, Governor John Kasich signed a law that prohibits public employers, including townships, villages, municipal corporations, and public school districts, from asking questions about an applicant's criminal background on their job applications. Under the new law, the Fair Hiring Act, public employers are permitted to conduct background checks, but they can only do so later in the application process. The law takes effect March 23, 2016. [More]