A 2015 federal law requires agencies to increase civil penalties for violations every year to account for inflation. The Labor Department and other workplace enforcement agencies recently announced how much their fines are going up in 2024.
The U.S. Supreme Court has made it easier for a whistleblower claiming retaliation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to prevail by ruling that the person does not need to show retaliatory intent before the burden shifts back to the employer to prove that
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The EEOC has amended its procedural regulations to account for enactment of the PWFA, which went into effect last June. The agency’s proposed PWFA substantive regulations are still awaiting approval by the White House Offic
CWC has filed written comments with OFCCP regarding the agency’s announced intent to extend its Contractor Portal requirements, urging OFCCP to make some changes that will reduce the unnecessary compliance burden that the portal currently imposes.
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. Enforcement data released recently by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission show that so-called Commissioner charges have increased dramatically over the last two years.
Despite a bipartisan effort to take on immigration reform, including some significant employment-related changes, in the end the U.S. Senate declined to proceed, thus stifling any chances for meaningful reforms this year.
Even though the National Labor Relations Board has been around for almost 90 years, two companies are now pursuing litigation challenging the agency’s constitutionality.
The U.S. Labor Department is accepting applications for its 2024 HIRE Vets Medallion Award, an honor given annually around Veterans Day to employers that have demonstrated their commitment to hire and retain veterans. The application deadline is Apri
In its continuing effort to make the H-1B visa selection process more efficient and less prone to fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has issued two new rules designed to achieve those objectives.
The EEOC’s new initiative is designed to implement one of the priorities included in the agency’s recently adopted five-year Strategic Enforcement Plan.
CWC WEB WORKSHOP ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22. The state of California has opened its mandated pay data reporting cycle covering calendar year 2023, and for the third time in three years since the program was launched in 2020, the state has made changes
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. Two years after President Biden issued an Executive Order calling for pay transparency in federal contracting, the government’s lead procurement agencies have proposed regulations that would require contractors among other
Our written comments to the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service support the agency’s intent to get approval to continue using the current version of the mandated VETS-4212 report for another three years, noting that covered f
A recent $6 million employment class discrimination settlement involving the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an enforcement agency with jurisdiction over many CWC members, serves as confirmation of the old adage “do as we say, not as we
The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that at the end of 2023, the raw wage gap percentage between working women and men was 16.2%, down from 37.7% when BLS first began reporting the data in 1979.
Limited enforcement data reported recently by the Labor Department under the Family and Medical Leave and Fair Labor Standards Acts covering fiscal year 2023 do not show much of a change from FY 2022.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has announced upcoming changes to the H-1B visa process that are, according to USCIS, “expected to increase efficiency and ease collaboration for organizations and their legal representatives.”
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Labor Department is proposing significant revisions to the federal government’s depression-era and badly outdated apprenticeship registration system. Rather than streamlining the program, however, the proposed chan
A divided three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that an employee feedback program created by T-Mobile was an illegal company union.
Still unable to agree on how the federal government should be funded for the current fiscal year, Congress has once again kicked the can down the road by passing a temporary stopgap bill that will keep the government operating through March 8.
Enforcement of a 2019 California law (AB 51) that bans mandatory employment arbitration agreements has been permanently enjoined pursuant to a federal court order entered on January 2, 2024.
CWC is pleased to let you know that we have updated our comprehensive summary of federal recordkeeping requirements related to EEO/AA compliance, incorporating changes that have occurred since our last edition in 2017.
Reversing a four-year downward trend, employment-related lawsuits filed in federal court increased by 9% last year, led by a 21% increase in suits filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The Labor Department has reinstated a controversial interpretation of the test for determining whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act that raises the stakes for an employer that makes the wrong
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. CWC is pleased to present a handy digest of the notable state and local employment law developments that we reported on during 2023.
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