Monday, November 24, 2014

That is SO last week

Following a directive issued by President Obama in March, the U.S. Department of Labor has been working on updating the exemptions to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.  Last week, SHRM lead a contingent of members to meet with legislators and regulators about both overtime exemptions and proposed legislation that would automatically debar federal contractors from further work for FLSA violations.  The SHRM members talked about the difficulties the exemptions already pose for employers because of their complexity and the obstacles they create for workplace flexibility.
The changes the DOL is considering include raising the salary basis, which would allow those who make more than $455 per week to earn overtime, and changing the primary job duties under each FLSA classification.  The administration originally hoped to reveal proposed changes this month, but the DOL has announced it will delay the regulations until early 2015.
In other developments:
  • AutoZone was hit with $186 million verdict in a gender discrimination lawsuit, and Jon Hyman had something to say about it.
  • Harvard and the University of North Carolina were sued by Asian American advocacy groups for race discrimination.
  • The New York Times wrote about a new study which shows that a diverse workforce helps make better business decisions.
  • The EEOC launched another lawsuit over pre-employment health tests and health history questionnaires.
  • The EEOC published its Fiscal Year 2014 Performance and Accountability Report.
  • The accessibility of websites and apps continues to be a focus of the U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Eric B. Meyer asked “Is it against the law to remote wipe an employee's Candy Crush high score?
  • The National Labor Relations Board received a charge alleging that the U.S. Postal Service failed to bargain with its union after a data breach.
  • Facebook announced it will launch a Facebook at Work service that will include “collaborative tools.”

Posted by: Kate Bischoff

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