Tuesday, December 2, 2014

That is SO last week

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor published a list of new regulations it is contemplating for the coming year.  Included are changes to regulations affecting apprenticeship programs, and expanding overtime exemptions for all employers.  In addition, new guidelines covering transgender employees and increasing minimum wage enforcement for federal contractors are in the works.  The DOL is going to be busy finalizing these new regulations, and employers will stay busy trying to keep up.

The EEOC also announced its intention to provide guidance on wellness program incentives.  Recent EEOC lawsuits, including its unsuccessful attempt to seek a temporary restraining order stopping aspects of Honeywell’s wellness program, suggest that this will remain a focus of the agency’s attention.

In other developments:
Discrimination
  • The Disability Network, Michigan non-profit that provides services to people with disabilities, will pay $38,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the EEOC.
  • Jon Hyman wrote about disability discrimination, including a reminder that an employee must actually ask for a reasonable accommodation to receive one
  • U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander criticized the EEOC in a new report that outlines his views on the agency’s failings.
Technology 
Wage and Hour
Posted by: Kate Bischoff