Current issues of interest to employers are featured here, dealing with compliance, trends, and recent developments.
Half of Employees Stay for Health Benefits
Exactly half of small business employees say a primary reason they are staying in their job is for the health insurance benefits, new research reveals.
ACA Individual Mandate Case In Supreme Court
In a two-hour oral argument session on November 10, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court’s questioning suggested that the court is unlikely to strike down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA).
New Disclosure Requirements for Group Health Plans
Final rules impose cost-sharing disclosure requirements on group health plans,
The Impact of COVID on Employee Pay, Benefits, and Hiring
As the COVID-19 pandemic has battered the American economy, most firms have avoided cuts in workers' base pay and benefits, according to a national survey of HR professionals.
Court Invalidates Portion of Joint Employer Rule
On September 8, the US District Court for the Southern District of NY issued a decision in a case brought by 17 state attorneys general to block implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) joint employer final rule.
EEOC Updates COVID-19 Guidance
The EEOC has updated its question and answer series on COVID-19 and the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and other equal employment opportunity laws.
Payroll Tax Deferral
A variety of associations are requesting federal guidance concerning the payroll tax deferral authorized by President Trump's executive order in August 2020.
Governor Cooper signs order to remove criminal record questions from state employment applications
North Carolina to “ban the box” and remove criminal history questions from state employment job applications by November 1, 2020
Return to Work Survey Results
86 percent of office workers favor staggered 4-day workweek to limit COVID-19 spread, among other findings of this national survey.
Sweeping Workplace Changes in the Post-Pandemic World
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in pivotal shifts in attitudes and expectations among workers and leaders, as both call for permanent changes in how and where we work, workplace relationships and future skills, according to new research.
Supreme Court Decision Expands Sex Discrimination
In a surprise decision, the High Court ruled that Title VII’s protections from discrimination "because of sex" extend to gay and transgender employees, and an employer may not discriminate against or discharge an individual based solely on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Employers Broadening Efforts to Protect Workers’ Health
Employers are broadening their efforts to help their workers cope with COVID-19 while at the same time preparing for an eventual return to a stable workplace, according to Willis Towers Watson’s latest survey of employers’ responses to the pandemic.