Private Employers Face new Paid Leave Obligations due to Coronavirus

The U.S. Senate approved the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” by a 90-8 vote on March 18, and President Donald Trump signed it into law a few hours later. The bill provides free virus screening as well as paid FMLA and sick leave and enhanced unemployment insurance benefits for people affected by COVID-19. As passed,…

EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2019 Statistical Report

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released detailed breakdowns for the 72,675 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2019, down slightly from the 76,418 filed in 2018. Back in 2010 the agency received almost 100,000 charges. The data show that retaliation continued to be the most frequently filed…

U.S. Union Membership Continues Downward Slide, with Small Uptick in Florida

In 2019, the percent of wage and salary workers who were members of unions in the United States was 10.3 percent—almost half the 20.3 percent rate in 1983—the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The number of wage and salary workers belonging to unions was 14.6 million in 2019, falling by 170,000 from 2018. Over half…

Florida State Minimum Wage Now $8.56 an Hour

The Florida state minimum wage has now increased from $8.46 to $8.56 an hour, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The wage for servers also has increased by 10 cents, from $5.46 to $5.56. The federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour, but Florida private employers must pay the higher state wage…

Fluctuating Work Week Overtime Rule Change Proposed by DOL

Employers could offer bonuses and other incentive-based compensation to employees with a fluctuating work week under a rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) on November 4, 2019. The proposal modifies the current regulation which computes overtime compensation for salaried non-exempt employees who work varying weekly hours—known as a…

Another 1.2 Million Workers to be Eligible for Overtime Pay Under New Dept. of Labor Rules

After five years of debate and litigation, the United States Department of Labor has finally announced its new overtime rules, and an estimated 1.2-million workers are expected to become eligible for overtime pay who do not qualify under present rules. The new overtime exemption rule published on September 24 sets a new annual salary threshold…

New Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law Issued by EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published online the newest edition of its federal sector Digest of Equal Employment Opportunity Law (EEO Digest), which is now available on the EEOC’s website at https://www.eeoc.gov/federal/digest/vol_2fy19.cfm. The issue is dated Fiscal Year 2019, Volume 2, April 2019. “It is important for our stakeholders to know what…

Pay Disclosure Data Must be Filed with EEOC in September

Florida employers with more than 100 employees are required to file pay data for 2017 and 2018 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by September 30, 2019. Technically known as “EEO-1 Component 2” data, it is now required nationally for qualifying EEO-1 filers. The EEO-1 report is a compliance survey mandated by federal statute…

Active Shooter Training for Employers

The tragic events at the Walmart in El Paso, Texas and the nightlife district in downtown Dayton, Ohio in early August are causing many employers to review their plans for active shooter training. Walmart maintains a mandatory active shooter training program, according to insurance industry reports. Safety training at the giant retailer has evolved from…

Janet L. Dhillon, Corporate Lawyer, New Chair of the EEOC

After a two-year delay, President Trump’s nominee, Janet L. Dhillon, has finally been sworn in as Chair of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, D.C. Dhillon, 57, was first nominated by President Trump on June 29, 2017, to one of the Republican seats on the Commission. She finally was confirmed by the…