|July 20, 2019 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Equal pay for equal work is a hot topic for employers. In the last few years, several states have passed equal pay laws, while the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is paying more attention to equal pay issues on the federal level as reflected in recent enforcement actions. Just last month, the EEOC filed two gender-based pay discrimination suits in Maryland federal court, alleging in one suit that a security company compensated male guards at a higher rate than women and in a second suit that an asset dealer paid a female manager less than her male subordinates. The agency’s increased attention on employers’ equal pay obligations should serve as a wakeup call to employers to ensure that their pay practices pass muster.
For decades, the problem of scheduling has plagued employers and employees alike. Employees prefer predictable and reliable schedules, while employers need flexibility. To address this tension, regulators have recently begun to pass predictive scheduling laws that seek to strike a tenuous balance between these interests. Given the recent rise in popularity of these laws, it is important for you to understand what these laws are, where you are most likely to encounter them, and what steps you can take to make sure you’re abreast of the most up-to-date compliance strategies.
It is officially summertime. And with warm temperatures and the draw of fun in the sun comes one of the largest challenges for leave and absence managers: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) fraud and abuse. Unfortunately, misuse of FMLA is at its peak this time of year, and when it becomes a chronic problem, it can drive up costs because of lost productivity and the need for hiring replacement workers, while also negatively affecting workplace morale.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced proposed regulations on overtime that would render more than 1 million new workers eligible for overtime pay. Coupled with a historically tight labor market, this new rule has the potential to place even greater strain on employers already struggling to attract and retain new talent for their respective workforces.
It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes for the past few years—and this past month was no exception.