Employer Defense to Job Bias Claims, Unlimited PTO Pitfalls, and More

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Companies Warned to be Cautious of Unlimited PTO Policies

A recent article from JD Supra has poked holes in a “buzzy” perk offered by many organizations – unlimited PTO.

JD Supra says that while there are some benefits to unlimited PTO programs, with it also comes several potential pitfalls, including a decline in actual PTO taken and co-worker animosity based on time off used.

JD Supra also cautions employers located in geographies which require employers to provide a mandated number of sick days, citing denial of leave as exposure to discrimination and / or retaliation claims.

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Supreme Court Ruling Weakens Employer Defense to Job Bias Claims

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court limited ‚Äúa procedural defense available to employers in job discrimination lawsuits‚ÄĚ through a unanimous ruling.

The high court now says that “an employer can lose the right to get a discrimination lawsuit thrown out based on a worker’s failure to exhaust his or her claim within an agency” such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or other similar state agencies.

Bloomberg Law encourages employers to review employee complaints and make sure they match up with administrative charges to avoid the risk of losing their defense.

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New W-4 Draft Released by the IRS

The IRS has released a draft of its new Form W-4 available for public comment. The new tax withholding form will need to account for multiple jobs in a single household, the number of future claim deductions, and nontaxable income.

NBC reports that while no date has been set yet, the new form is expected to be in use for 2020.

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JPMorgan Chase Settles $5M Paternity Leave Suit

JPMorgan Chase has settled a $5M class action paternity leave suit which started after a male employee was told by the company that “in many cases only mothers were considered primary caregivers” and that he would not qualify for the full 16 weeks of leave offered to new parents.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that the employee filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), claiming the policy to be discriminatory towards male workers. After the employee’s lawsuit, several other male JPMorgan Chase employees also sued citing¬†discrimination, resulting in the class action settlement.

SHRM encourages employers to review their own policies to ensure employee leave offered for bonding time with a new child is equal across mothers and fathers.

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Ways Millennials Are Influencing Workplace Change

A recent survey conducted by Gallup found that millennials continue to be a driving force behind workplace change.

CNBC has released a list of seven ways millennials are influencing changes that impact all generations, which include their desire for stability, higher pay, and meaningful work.

For the full article and survey results, please click here.


Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Expansion

The Connecticut House recently passed a paid family and medical leave bill, which is expected to be signed into law by Governor Ned Lamont. This new legislation would expand employee eligibility and covered reasons for leave effective July 1, 2022.

For more details, please click here.


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