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OFCCP Scales Back its Proposed Changes to the Establishment Review Scheduling Letter Itemized Listing

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 14, 2019
This is the second blog post in our series discussing the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB’s) request for further comments on OFCCP’s proposed scheduling letters and itemized listings, which were first published in April.

NLRB Ruling Eases Way for Employers to End Union Recognition

XpertHR • July 14, 2019
A new National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling makes it easier for employers to withdraw recognition of the union representing its employees when its contract is close to expiring. The Johnson Controls, Inc. ruling clarifies the law concerning "anticipatory" withdrawals of union recognition and lays out a new framework for determining whether a union retains majority support at the end of a collective bargaining agreement.

SHRM’s 2019 Survey Reveals Most Popular Employee Benefits

XpertHR • July 14, 2019
Employers continue to place a lot of value in the employee benefits they offer their workforce, according the SHRM 2019 Employee Benefits Survey. SHRM conducts the survey annually to gather information on the types of benefits employers are offering their employees and to report on trends.

How Younger Generations Are Shaking Up the Workforce

XpertHR • July 14, 2019
Generation Z has been described as the most globally aware generation ever. However, since Generation Z refers to individuals born in 1994 or after, you may be wondering how much of an impact could workers this young be having so soon on the workforce?

Congress Considers Removing Country Caps for Employment-Based Immigrant Visas and Proposes Changes to H-1B Visa Program

Ogletree Deakins • July 14, 2019
On July 10, 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1044, the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019, by a vote of 365 to 65. The bill is intended to reduce lengthy immigrant visa (green card) wait times by eliminating per-country caps for employment-based green cards. In addition, senators have reportedly reached an agreement on a version of a companion bill (S. 386) in the U.S. Senate that presently includes an amendment imposing tighter restrictions on recruitment and creating new reporting requirements for H-1B visa sponsors. If enacted, the legislation would take effect on September 30, 2019, and apply to fiscal year 2020.

EEOC Provides New Guidance on EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting

XpertHR • July 14, 2019
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has updated its guidance for how to submit EEO-1 Component 2 compensation data for fiscal years 2017 and 2018. The EEOC's web-based system to submit this information will be available July 15, 2019, and employers have until September 30, 2019 to do so, under a deadline set by a federal judge's ruling in April.

Data System Security Info and File Specifications Added to EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Website

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 14, 2019
As July 15th draws closer, EEOC and NORC are ramping up for opening of the EEO-1 Component 2 Pay Data reporting portal.

EEOC Has Released EEO-1 Component 2 Upload File Specifications

Ogletree Deakins • July 14, 2019
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has released its Upload File Specifications for the 2017 and 2018 EEO-1 Component 2 reports. Given the number of data items required in the Component 2 reporting, the EEOC has designed a narrower file layout with the goal of making it easier for filers to create upload files. Employers will still have the option to enter data manually into an online form.

Blocked from Adding Citizenship Question to Census, Administration Moves to Gather Data

Jackson Lewis P.C. • July 14, 2019
President Donald Trump announced that the Administration will not be proceeding with any further census litigation. The 2020 Decennial Census, which is already being printed, will be sent out without a citizenship question. Nevertheless, President Trump does want to obtain statistics on the number of residents in the country who are and are not U.S. citizens.

Beltway Buzz, July 12, 2019

Ogletree Deakins • July 14, 2019
Secretary of Labor Resigns. On July 12, 2019, Alexander Acosta resigned as Secretary of Labor amid renewed scrutiny of his handling of criminal charges against Jeffrey Epstein while serving as the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2005 to 2009. His resignation will be effective on July 19, 2019. Deputy Labor Secretary Patrick Pizzella will become acting secretary of labor. This is obviously a significant development, and the Buzz will be watching how this development will impact the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) policy agenda.