The California Civil Rights Division (CRD) recently released updated guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) for the 2022 California pay data reports, which covered employers must submit via the CRD’s pay data portal by May 10, 2023.
Archives for January 27, 2023
Union Membership Boom or Bust? Five Reasons the National Union Membership Rate May Increase in 2023
On January 19, 2023, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the national union membership rate declined from 10.3 percent in 2021 to 10.1 percent in 2022.
Employment-Based Immigration Updates for 2023
As we move deeper into the new year, the U.S. government continues to try to resolve the challenges facing the immigration system due to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting processing backlogs. These challenges may still continue, but new changes and updates have already taken effect—and more
H-1B Cap Season for Fiscal Year 2024 Is Fast Approaching
The H-1B cap season for Fiscal Year 2024 is fast approaching. USCIS announced on January 27th that cap registration begins on March 1st. Employers should assess their hiring needs and determine if they will sponsor foreign workers for H-1B classification this year. Now is the time to begin preparing.
Beltway Buzz, January 27, 2023
The Beltway Buzz is a weekly update summarizing labor and employment news from inside the Beltway and clarifying how what’s happening in Washington, D.C. could impact your business.
OSHA Announces Significant Expansion of ‘Instance-by-Instance’ Citation Policy
Late on January 26, 2023, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a press release concerning a significant change in long-standing policy related to instance-by-instance issuance of citations that will become effective in sixty days and radically alter the landscape of certain inspections. The stated purpose of the policy
Hudson Bay Beats Class-Action Severance Pay Lawsuit
New York Judge Blocks COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for Healthcare Facilities
On January 17, 2023, a New York trial court judge struck down the state’s vaccine mandate for healthcare workers, ruling that the New York State Department of Health (DOH) acted outside its authority and noting that “the COVID-19 shots do not prevent transmission.”
Michigan Appeals Court “Undoes” Lower Court’s “Undoing” of What Legislature “Undid” Concerning Minimum Wage, Tip, and Paid Leave Standards
On January 26, 2023, a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals issued a ruling regarding Michigan’s minimum wage, tip, and paid sick and safe time laws. In 2018 the Michigan state legislature overhauled revisions to Michigan’s minimum wage and tip law and its newly created paid sick
Is It Compensable? Missing Work Due to Inclement Weather
Is the time during which employees were scheduled to be at work but could not be due to poor weather conditions compensable? That depends.
Congress Eases Criminal Offense Restrictions for Employment With Financial Institutions
Included in the defense spending bill signed by President Biden in December 2022 is a section with key provisions for financial institutions that will ease restrictions on hiring candidates with criminal records. Section 5705 in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023, titled “Fair Hiring in Banking,”
Michigan Court of Appeals Maintains Status Quo Regarding Paid Medical Leave
On January 26, 2023, in the long-awaited opinion in Mothering Justice v. Attorney General, a three-judge panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled, in a 3–0 opinion, that the Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA) and Michigan Improved Workforce Opportunity Wage Act, as implemented in March 2019, will remain
New San Francisco Law Requires Supplemental Compensation During Military Leave
New San Francisco law requires up to 30 days of supplemental pay for military leave. The law, which takes effect February 19, 2023, applies to employers with 100 or more employees.
February 1st Deadline to Post the Annual Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses is Coming Up!
California employers are required to post their annual summary of work-related injuries and illnesses, in a visible and easily accessible area at every worksite from February 1st through April 30th. Cal/OSHA’s Form 300A must be used for this posting.
Employers can find an overview regarding completing both the log (Form 300) and the
Top Ten for 2023 – Happy Data Privacy Day!
To celebrate Data Privacy Day, we present our top ten data privacy and cybersecurity predictions for 2023.
1. Healthcare and Medical Data Security and Tracking
The healthcare industry has been facing increased scrutiny for the protection of healthcare information both online and on apps.
2023 will see a significant increase