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Worker Shortages Cited as Key Driver in Employment Gain Slowdown labor markets bench-warmers

A study by the National Associate of Business Economics (NABE) found that an equal number of U.S. businesses reported increases and decreases in employment in the last quarter of 2019.

Reuters further reports that this pullback in hiring may be aligned with the difficulty businesses continue to have finding talent, with half of all survey respondents reporting shortages in skilled workers.

For more information about this report, please click here.


Employee Surveys Without Employer Follow-Up Has Negative Impact on Engagementemployee-engagement-survey

A recent survey conducted by employee engagement software provider Emplify found that more than 25 percent of businesses to not follow-up after launching an employee engagement survey.

HR Dive says that asking for employee feedback is critical, but failing to act on or acknowledge the survey’s results can have negative impacts on employee engagement.

The survey also noted that 63 percent of those surveyed are open to finding a new job, and 60 percent indicated that they are facing burnout.

For more information about this survey, please click here.


Making the Case for Training Interviewersjob-interviewing

OperationsInc CEO David Lewis recently spoke to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) to make the case for why organizations should provide training to their hiring managers on how to interview and assess candidates.

Lewis pointed to the fact that hiring managers may not be aware that certain questions are unlawful and discriminatory. He further explained that the candidate selection process can be crippled without formal systems in place for interviewers to share what they learned about a candidate after the interview.

To read the full article, please click here.


Coronavirus – What U.S. Employers Need to Knowcoronavirus

While the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) says most American workers are not at risk of contracting the Coronavirus, they caution U.S. employers that the situation is still evolving.

The National Law Review has outlined a list of information that tips employers should consider as the outbreak continues to play out. This includes limited business travel to impacted areas, providing relevant safety information to employees, and steps that should be taken should an employee be directly exposed to the virus.

To read the full article, please click here.


FTC Considering Limiting Use of Non-Compete Agreementsnon-compete-agreement

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced they are considering a rule “aimed at reining in corporations from pushing employees to sign non-compete agreements that prevent them from working at rival companies”.

Reuters reports that the FTC is growing concerned that these agreements, which at one time were primarily used for white collar professionals, are now becoming more prevalent among low wage earners, greatly limiting employee mobility.

Reuters further notes that limitation on employee mobility caused by these agreements is prevalent even in states where the non-competes are legally unenforceable.

For more information, please click here.


Retaliation Takes Top Spot in EEOC Workplace Discrimination Claimsdiscrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released FY 2019 data surrounding discrimination claims and monetary payouts processed by the agency.

The Insurance Journal explains that retaliation claims represented 53.8 percent of all charges filed with the EEOC, with disability (33.4 percent), race (33 percent), and sex (32.4 percent) playing a factor in roughly a third of all claims as well.

The EEOC notes that the percentages add up to more than 100 percent because many claims alleged multiple bases.

For more information and to view the full report, please click here.


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DOL Makes Changes to Employee Eligibility for Overtime Pay

Effective January 1, 2020, more than 1.3 million workers will be newly eligible for overtime pay. 

OperationsInc can guide your group through an FLSA audit to ensure your employees are properly classified and compensated.

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New Form W-4, Required NYS Handbook Update, and More

IRS Releases Final Version of 2020 Form W-4

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released the final version of the new W-4 Form for 2020. This form, which has been re-titled “Employee’s Withholding Certificate”, must be used for all new hires as of January 1, 2020 and for any employees making withholding changes.

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) says that while employers can ask employees hired in 2019 and earlier to complete the new form, those employees are not required to do so. However, employees should be advised that withholding calculations using the old W-4 may not be as accurate as the 2020 version.

The IRS also cautions that businesses that do not collect new W-4s for all employees must “program their payroll system to accommodate the existing withholding calculation as well as the new method”.

For more information about this new form, please click here.


OperationsInc Wishes You and Yours a Happy and Healthy 2020


New York State Employee Handbooks Require Updates by January 7, 2020 Due to Newly Passed Reproductive Health Law

The State of New York has recently passed a new statute prohibiting workplace discrimination and / or retaliation based on an individual’s reproductive health decisions.

JD Supra explains that any state employer with an employee handbook in place must update their manual no later than January 7, 2020 to “include reproductive health decisions as a protected category, to state affirmatively that discrimination and retaliation based on reproductive health decisions are prohibited, and to confirm that medical records will remain confidential”.

For more information about this requirement, please click here.


Experts Caution Not to Forget About Retained Employees During a Layoff

While the job market may remain tight, several high profile layoffs this year (General Motors, Toys R Us, WeWork) have experts warning employers not to forget about the needs of those workers who survive the cuts.

Human Resources Executive advises businesses to ensure there is a focus on retained workers to hedge against morale and productivity decline. Broad-based communication plans are recommended as a means to help employees regain corporate trust and understand their roles and the goals of the company going forward.

To read the full article, please click here.


Workplace Stress and Burnout Costs U.S. Businesses $190B Each Year

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced they are considering a rule “aimed at reining in corporations from pushing employees to sign non-compete agreements that prevent them from working at rival companies”.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially recognized workplace burnout as an epidemic, and is urging businesses to find solutions.

A recent Stanford University study found that workplace burnout costs U.S. businesses a whopping $190 billion per year, and contributed to a devastating 120,000 deaths.

The top causes of workplace burnout have been identified as:

‚ÄĘ Unfair treatment
‚ÄĘ Unmanageable workload
‚ÄĘ Lack of role clarity
‚ÄĘ Lack of communication and managerial support
‚ÄĘ Unrealistic time constraints

To read the full article, please click here.


Demand for Recruiters Has Increased Significantly, Employers Expect a Strategic Partner

A recent LinkedIn report shows that demand for recruiters has increased by 63 percent since 2016, which coincides with the job market tightening around that same time.

HR Dive further reports that expectations have shifted, as recruiters are now more often seen as strategic advisers who need to alter their tactics and approach to attract the talent needed by their organization in what remains a candidate’s market.

For more information and to view the full report, please click here.


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POLICY UPDATE

DOL Makes Changes to Employee Eligibility for Overtime Pay

Effective January 1, 2020, more than 1.3 million workers will be newly eligible for overtime pay. 

OperationsInc can guide your group through an FLSA audit to ensure your employees are properly classified and compensated.

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

Managed Payroll Services


OperationsInc can manage your complete payroll function using your current payroll technology platform. 

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NYS Training Deadline, Record High Quit Rate, and More

Less Than a Month Left Until New York State Anti-Harassment Training Deadline

By October 9, 2019, all New York State employers, regardless of size, are required to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention & Awareness Training to their employees.

JD Supra further qualifies this requirement, noting “the training must be interactive, provided annually in the language spoken by employees, and counted as regular work hours”.

Employers operating in states outside of New York but with employees travelling to the state for business purposes will also need to provide this training to those employees performing work physically inside New York state lines.

For more information about this training requirement, please click here.


DOL Reports July Quit Rate at Record High

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that 3.6 million workers left their jobs in July, which is a record high. This represents a 2.6 percent quit rate increase among private-sector employees.

Human Resources Executive Online notes that even though economists have started to point to signs of a weakening economy, job openings remain at high levels, driving continued worker confidence in the strong job market.

To view the whole article and report details, please click here.


EEOC Still to Require Component 2 Reporting Data by September 30th, But Plans to Roll Back Requirement After This Year

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced that after this year it will not require qualifying businesses to submit Component 2 pay data, citing their need for pay information was far outweighed by the employer burden of supplying the data.

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) reminds those employers with more than 100 employees (and federal contractors with more than 50 employees) that they are still required to provide Component 2 data for 2017 and 2018 by September 30th.

For more information, please click here.


$1.6M Awarded in Harassment Claim Due to Employer Non-Action

Experts are urging employers to take notice after $1.6M in damages was awarded to an employee in California after her employer took no steps to address a racial harassment claim.

JD Supra reminds employers that inaction will not be tolerated by the courts and also cautions¬†businesses that simply having an anti-harassment policy isn’t enough. These experts further urge organizations to provide anti-harassment training to employees at all levels, stating that “non-supervisory employees have the power to do as much damage as management” to a workplace culture.

For more information, please click here.


I-9 Audit Surge Confirmed by ICE

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it served thousands of Notices of Inspection last month to businesses across the nation.

Experts urge employers to prepare for a government I-9 audit now, as penalties for non-compliance can exceed $1,800 per form.

Experts further warn employers that the surge in ICE raids and enforcement can be expected to continue.

For more details, please click here.


New Jersey Passes Anti-Wage Theft Law

New Jersey has passed some of the strongest anti-wage theft laws in the country, with most changes taking effect immediately.

Failure to adhere to these updated wage theft laws will result in substantial fines, imprisonment, or both, and escalate with each subsequent offense.

For more information about this new legislation, please click here.


IRS Releases Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Effective January 1, 2020, employers who do not offer group medical coverage will be able to fund “a new kind of health reimbursement arrangement” (HRA), which will be known as an individual coverage HRA (ICHRA).

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that “using an individual coverage HRA, employers will be able to provide their workers and their workers’ families with tax-preferred funds pay all or a portion of the cost of coverage that workers purchase on the individual market”.

SHRM further notes that businesses of all sizes are permitted to offer traditional group-health plans or ICHRAs, “but may not offer employees a choice between the two”.

For access to the full article, please click here.


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New York State Anti-Harassment Training Requirement

All New York employers are required to provide Anti-Harassment Training to all employees by the newly announced deadline of October 9, 2019. 

OperationsInc is providing private and public offerings to fulfill this requirement, providing both online and in-person options.

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No-Match Letters, NYS Training Requirements, and More

Experts Caution Employers Not to Ignore No-Match Letters, but Not Assume the Worst

Last spring, the Social Security Administration began mailing no-match letters to thousands of U.S. employers – the first time letters of this nature had been sent since 2007. These letters notify employers that there is a name and social security number mismatch on an employee’s W-2.

Human Resources Executive Online has outlined steps for employers to follow should they receive a no-match letter (previously known as Employer Correction Requests). Employers are cautioned against ignoring the letter outright, but are equally cautioned against immediately assuming employee fraud.

To view the whole article and survey results, please click here.


Tight Job Market and Rise in Legal Marijuana Use Narrowing List of Qualified, Drug Free Candidates

U.S. employers are struggling to reconcile the legalization of marijuana in several states with the fact that it is still illegal on the federal level. Business leaders are left uncertain – should they continue strict drug testing policies, or move away from it?

OperationsInc CEO David Lewis spoke with CNBC recently to discuss the shift he has seen across the market tied to pre-employment and worker drug testing. Many employers are moving away from drug testing – several citing that they do not want to lose a top performer due to recreational or medical marijuana use outside of the office.

Other workplace experts say that the job market is already limiting the ability for many businesses to attract top talent, and that legal marijuana use is narrowing the list of qualified, drug-free candidates.

According to Quest Diagnostics, workers testing positive for marijuana use is at a 14-year high, and is up 17% across the general workforce since 2014.

For more information, please click here.


Will Your Wellness Program Get You Sued?

A class action lawsuit has been brought against Yale University, alleging that the school’s employee wellness program “uses financial incentives that violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)”.

According to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Yale required its 5,000 union employees (and spouses) to release their medical claims and submit to medical testing by their wellness vendor.

Those employees who do not participate are subject to a penalty of $1,300 per year.

SHRM cautions that while the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is working to develop wellness rules, employers must assess risks before offering wellness programs that include financial incentives.

For more information, please click here.


REMINDER: New York Employers Must Offer Anti-Harassment Training by October 9th

By October 9, 2019, all New York State employers, regardless of size, are required to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention & Awareness Training to their employees.

JD Supra further qualifies this requirement, noting “the training must be interactive, provided annually in the language spoken by employees, and counted as regular work hours”.

For more information about this training requirement, please click here.


Knowledge Hoarding: A Detrimental Workplace Phenomenon

While research has shown that intelligence and knowledge sharing are key components of organizational success, there is a complex workplace phenomenon called “knowledge hoarding”, where employees refuse to share knowledge and information with others.

A recent study published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior explored the drivers behind an employee who will “play dumb” or purposely fail to share documents, reports, or other information with colleagues.

Key findings of the study included:

‚ÄĘ Employees who feel they will lose competitive advantage are less likely to be forthcoming with intel.

‚ÄĘ Individuals who feel their time is consumed by colleagues asking questions are more likely to hide knowledge.

‚ÄĘ Reciprocity is a key driver in knowlege sharing – if an employee relies on another to complete their own work, they are more likely to work to support others by sharing their own knowledge.

‚ÄĘ Workers who felt they had autonomy in their jobs were more likely to share information.

To view the full results of the study, please click here.


CT: Minimum Wage Increase Effective 10/1/19

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has signed legislation raising Connecticut’s minimum wage to $11 per hour effective October 1, 2019.

The legislation also increases the minimum wage gradually over a four-year period from the current $10.10 per hour to $15 per hour by 2023.

For more details, please click here.


IRS Releases Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Effective January 1, 2020, employers who do not offer group medical coverage will be able to fund “a new kind of health reimbursement arrangement” (HRA), which will be known as an individual coverage HRA (ICHRA).

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that “using an individual coverage HRA, employers will be able to provide their workers and their workers’ families with tax-preferred funds pay all or a portion of the cost of coverage that workers purchase on the individual market”.

SHRM further notes that businesses of all sizes are permitted to offer traditional group-health plans or ICHRAs, “but may not offer employees a choice between the two”.

For access to the full article, please click here.


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New York State Anti-Harassment Training Requirement

All New York employers are required to provide Anti-Harassment Training to all employees by the newly announced deadline of October 9, 2019. 

OperationsInc is providing private and public offerings to fulfill this requirement, providing both online and in-person options.

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

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Less Than 100 Days Left to Comply with NYS Training Law, ICHRAs, and More

New York Employers Have Less Than 100 Days to Provide Anti-Harassment Training

By October 9, 2019, all New York State employers, regardless of size, are required to provide Sexual Harassment Prevention & Awareness Training to their employees.

JD Supra further qualifies this requirement, noting “the training must be interactive, provided annually in the language spoken by employees, and counted as regular work hours”.

For more information about this training requirement, please click here.


IRS Releases Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Effective January 1, 2020, employers who do not offer group medical coverage will be able to fund “a new kind of health reimbursement arrangement” (HRA), which will be known as an individual coverage HRA (ICHRA).

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that “using an individual coverage HRA, employers will be able to provide their workers and their workers’ families with tax-preferred funds pay all or a portion of the cost of coverage that workers purchase on the individual market”.

SHRM further notes that businesses of all sizes are permitted to offer traditional group-health plans or ICHRAs, “but may not offer employees a choice between the two”.

For access to the full article, please click here.


Need for Effective Employee Offboarding Increases with Record High Employee Resignations

As organizations continue to experience record high voluntary employee turnover, experts encourage employers to adopt high impact offboarding strategies to “manage the resignation tsunami”.

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) outlines the top ten benefits of implementing an impactful offboarding process. These benefits include identifying toxic work environments, ensuring access to knowledge retained by exiting employees, and reducing future turnover.

To view the full list of employee offboarding benefits outlined by the ATD, please click here.


As War for Talent Continues, Employers Turn to Inaccurate Job Postings to Lure Workers. Spoiler Alert: It’s Not Working.

A recent survey conducted by job board ZipRecruiter has found that 58 percent of American job seekers “have applied for a position based on an inaccurate description”.

The USA Today further reports that in a job market with more open positions than candidates to fill them, companies are overselling roles by inflating titles or failing to mention the full scope of the position.

The survey results do indicate that these methods are backfiring, as 30 percent of those surveyed reported “leaving a job within the first 90 days, with nearly half saying the day-to-day role was not what they expected”.

To view the whole article and survey results, please click here.


CT: Minimum Wage Increase Effective 10/1/19

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has signed legislation raising Connecticut’s minimum wage to $11 per hour effective October 1, 2019.

The legislation also increases the minimum wage gradually over a four-year period from the current $10.10 per hour to $15 per hour by 2023.

For more details, please click here.


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JULY 25, 2019

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AUGUST 20, 2019
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POLICY UPDATE

New York State Anti-Harassment Training Requirement

All New York employers are required to provide Anti-Harassment Training to all employees by the newly announced deadline of October 9, 2019. 

OperationsInc is providing private and public offerings to fulfill this requirement, providing both online and in-person options.

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

Bilingual Workplace Training Programs


OperationsInc’s bilingual trainers can deliver customized training programs to your Spanish speaking employees.

Follow OperationsInc CEO David Lewis at @DavidLewisHR
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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.

For access to the full article, please click here.


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.

For more details, please click here.


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.

For more information, please click here.


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.

For access to the full article, please click here.


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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JULY 9, 2019
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JULY 10, 2019
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POLICY UPDATE

New York State Anti-Harassment Training Requirement

All New York employers are required to provide Anti-Harassment Training to all employees by the newly announced deadline of October 9, 2019. 

OperationsInc is providing private and public offerings to fulfill this requirement, providing both online and in-person options.

SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

Bilingual Workplace Training Programs


OperationsInc’s bilingual trainers can deliver customized training programs to your Spanish speaking employees.

Follow OperationsInc CEO David Lewis at @DavidLewisHR
as he tweets about Human Resources, the War for Talent, and Connecticut Business.

NEWSROOM

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Workplace Theft, Non-Match Letters, and More

Social Security Administration Mails “No-Match Letters” to Over 500k Employers

A recent New York Times article has highlighted the return of “no-match letters” from the Social Security Administration. This is the first time in almost a decade that these have been in use.

Since March of this year, more than 570,000 employers have received notification that social security numbers do not match employee names. The New York Times reports that “the letters have left many employers conflicted, uncertain whether to take action that could result in losing workers or risk fines down the road”.

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


The Rise in Non-Cash Workplace Theft

A recent study conducted by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners explored¬†the global increase in non-cash employee theft cases and the reasons behind it. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that when employees feel underpaid or as if their employer has “done them wrong”, they are more likely to participate in these behaviors.

Examples of non-cash theft and fraud includes the theft of workplace supplies, food, equipment, or proprietary information.

For more information, please click here.


Connecticut Restaurant Group to Pay Out $180k in Back Wages

The Stamford Advocate has reported that three Connecticut restaurants have been ordered to pay $180,000 in back wages and damages due to payroll record-keeping and overtime violations. The restaurant group, which owns several upscale restaurants throughout Fairfield County, incorrectly calculated overtime payments, paid flat salaries instead of overtime rates, and did not combine weekly work hours between various restaurant locations.

For more details, please click here.


2017 and 2018 EEO-1 Pay Data Due September 30th

A recent federal court ruled that employers subject to EEO-1 reporting requirements must submit pay data from 2017 and 2018 payrolls no later than September 30, 2019.

The Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has said it will be making a collection portal available to employers no later than mid-July.

For more information about this reporting requirement, please click here.


Workers Will Trade Lower Salaries for More Career Growth Opportunities

The results of a recent survey conducted by Jobvite found that workers prioritize career growth opportunities over a bigger salary and increased benefits. HR Dive further reports that younger workers surveyed indicated they would take a cut to their compensation for more career development opportunities, while the unemployed were only slightly less likely to prioritize career growth.

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


Transformative 2019 HR Trends

Forbes has released a list of three trends HR leaders are prioritizing in 2019 tied to talent attraction and retention efforts.

Record low unemployment rates and high high employee turnover are creating the need for organizations to redefine strategies. Forbes says that trends that are emerging include HR participation in defining an employer and company brand, support of flexible work cultures, and a redefinition of diversity and inclusion.

For more information, please click here.


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New York State Anti-Harassment Training Requirement

All New York employers are required to provide Anti-Harassment Training to all employees by the newly announced deadline of October 9, 2019. 

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70% of Remote Employees Feel Left Out, Student Loan Repayment Benefits, and More

Survey Says 70% of Remote Employees Feel Left Out at Work

A recent study conducted by HR tech firm Igloo found that 70 percent of remote workers feel excluded by their colleagues, managers, and overall workplace. Small Biz Trends reports that more than half of those surveyed miss out on important information that does not get communicated because they are located physically outside of the office. The study further found that lack of access to people or groups is a persistent problem for remote workers.

To view the full article and study results, please click here.


Student Loan Repayment Benefits Gaining Employer Popularity

A recent study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute found that nearly one-third of employers offer or are planning to offer a student loan debt repayment program. Plan Advisor further reports that employee retention and reducing employee stress were the reason for this new focus for employers.

For more information, please click here.


EEOC Says Harassment Charges Up, Discrimination Down

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its 2018 numbers tied to discrimination and harassment claims. Human Resources Executive Online reports that while discrimination numbers were down (most likely tied to increased hiring and fewer firings), harassment charges were up 13.6 percent over 2017.

The breakdown of the top discrimination categories were:

  • Retaliation (represented 51.6% of charges filed)
  • Sex (32.3%)
  • Disability (32.2%)
  • Race (32.2%)
  • Age (22.1%)

For more information and full survey results, please click here.


Understanding How to Harness Generation Z’s Unique Skills

AllBusiness has released a list of ways employers can adapt training methods to Generation Z’s work style to benefit both the employees and the company. This includes the implementing skills-oriented training courses as well as conducting interactive group training sessions.

For more information, please click here.


Westchester County Sick Leave Law

Westchester County, NY’s Earned Sick Leave Law went into effect on April 10, 2019.

This legislation mandates that employers with five or more employees provide qualifying employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick time per year.

Employers with less than five employees are required to pay up to 40 hours of unpaid sick time.

For more information about this requirement, please click here.


New Jersey’s Pre-Tax Transportation Fringe Benefits Requirement

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has signed legislation requiring employers with 20 or more employees to “offer Transit Benefits to all employees who are not currently covered by a collective bargaining agreement”. The new requirement became effective March 1, 2019, but is “inoperative” until March 1, 2020, meaning fines will not be levied until next year. New Jersey is the first state to set this standard.

For more information on this new requirement, please click here.


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All New York employers are required to provide Anti-Harassment Training to all employees by the newly announced deadline of October 9, 2019. 

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EEOC Wants Pay Data by September 30th, Retention Struggles, and More

EEOC Wants Pay Data by September 30thpay data

Earlier this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced its intent to collect employee pay data from qualifying employers as soon as September 30th. The EEOC has said that this pay data would come from a single payroll run between October 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. The National Law Review reminds employers, however, that employers with 100 or more employers are still required to disclose their number of employees by sex, race, ethnicity, and job category by May 31st

For more information and tips to prepare for this potential requirement, please click here.


Survey Says 94% of Employees Would Stay with an Employer Who Invested in Learningworkplace training

The results of a recent study conducted by LinkedIn found that workforce training is the key to increasing the employee retention rate. CNBC reports that 94% of those surveyed indicated they would stay with an organization if their employer invested time and dollars in helping them learn and develop. The survey further found that lack of access to learning opportunities was the number one reason those in the Millennial and Gen-Z populations would leave a position.

To view the full article and study results, please click here.


Employers Struggle to Retain Talent But Remain Reluctant to Increase Salariesbusiness person

A recent report released by Payscale found that 66 percent of employers are concerned about their ability to keep employees. While employers are nervous about retaining employees, Human Resource Executive reports that 70 percent of those surveyed planned to increase base pay 3 percent or less this year. While these findings seem to conflict, the survey found that employers plan to use bonuses and expanded company perks as key retention tools.

For more information, please click here.


The Gap Between Median Income for Male and Female Workers at Every Ageequal pay

A recent study conducted by the Minnesota Population Center’s¬†Integrated Public Use Microdata Series program showed that the gender pay gap does in fact exist for workers at every age. Business Insider notes that this ‚Äúpay gap tended to be larger for older workers than for younger workers‚ÄĚ, and widens as individuals age.

To view the different charts outlining pay differences across age ranges, please click here.


Millennials Will Trader Lower Salaries for More Free Timecounting money

A recent study has found that Generation Z and Millennial employees are the most dissatisfied with their work-life balance, despite working fewer hours than older generations. More than half of these younger workers surveyed indicated they would take a cut to their compensation in return for more free time. Even though Millennials and Gen Z put in fewer hours than their Baby Boomer or Gen X counterparts, The Philly Voice warns that younger generations can fall victim to over-connectivity, which can still lead to burnout even if the employee is not in the office physically.

For the full article and study findings, please click here.


Unexpected Reasons Employees Quit Their Jobsman resigning

Inc. has released a list of six difficult to spot reasons employees leave their companies to prevent the headaches caused when an employee unexpectedly gives notice. This includes the emergence of a better opportunity as well as a lack of workplace flexibility and unbending job definitions.

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NY Anti-Harassment Legislation, EEO-1 Reporting, and More

Experts Call New York State’s Anti-Harassment Legislation “Stringent”, Remind Employers of Upcoming Deadlinessexual harassment

The results of a recent poll conducted by Siena College indicate that workplace harassment continues to be an issue, especially in the state of New York. The New York Law Journal outlines the different measures states are taking to pass anti-harassment legislation to combat these issues, and highlights New York’s States new regulations as being the most stringent.

All New York employers are reminded that they must institute a written sexual harassment prevention policy and conduct anti-harassment training for all employees by October 9, 2019.

To view the full article and survey results, please click here.


New Ruling Enforces Employer Pay Data Reportingsignature writing

Earlier this month, a Washington, D.C. U.S. District Court withdrew a prior stay on the Obama-era revised EEO-1 reporting requirements which mandate impacted employers to disclose W-2 wage information. Human Resources Executive says “most private employers with 100 or more employees will once again have to gather and submit compensation information broken down by race, sex, and ethnicity in the very near future”. Human Resources Executive further encourages employers to review their current pay practices to identify any areas of pay inequities.

For more information, please click here.


Caregiving: The Next Big Workplace Crisis?stressed man

A recent study conducted by the Census Bureau has highlighted the issue that as American lifespans increase, so too do caregiving responsibilities for those still in the workplace. Inc. warns employers that in order to retain top talent and ensure quality employee performance, employers must address what Inc. is calling “the next workplace crisis”. Inc. encourages employers to assess their current workplace needs and provide employees with access to stress management professionals and other experts for guidance.

For more details, please click here.


2019 Cybersecurity Concerns for HRMan at Computer

The Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) has released a list of the top five HR-related concerns tied to cybersecurity. This includes the use of chatbots to assist with recruiting efforts, hacker targeting of BYO devices, and finding the balance between data access and security. SHRM highlights a recent study that shows forty-four percent of data breaches are caused by employees who expose sensitive data, and encourages employers to carefully review their cybersecurity policies.

For more information, please click here.


USCIS Releases New Form I-539USCIS Webpage

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that “it will require certain nonimmigrants‚ÄĒincluding H-4 and L-2 dependents‚ÄĒseeking to extend their stay in the United States or switch to another nonimmigrant category to use a modified edition of Form I-539, Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status”. The revised form will include a new signature, fee, and biometrics requirement.

For more details on the new form, please click here.


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ACA Reporting Services Still Open


OperationsInc’s ACA Reporting Services are still open, but time and space are running out fast. Contact us today to secure your spot.¬†

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