Pew Research Center Finds Gender Pay Gap Has Barely Budged in Past 20 Years

The Pew Research Center has released a new analysis of the gender pay gap. This analysis reveals that as of 2022, women earned, on average, 82% of what men earned. These results are astonishingly similar to the same pay gap analysis in 2002, when women earned, on average, 80% of what men earned. The takeaway from these figures is that in the past two decades, the gender pay gap has barely decreased and seemingly Read More

Employers Await Changes to the Overtime Rule

According to the DOL's most recent regulatory agenda, employers expect to learn the specifics of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed changes to the overtime rule in May 2023. The reasons for delays in releasing the proposed rule are unclear, although some speculate that it is due to anticipated changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The delays also may be a function of more pressing matters on the Read More

Biden Issues Executive Order for Federal Agencies to Create “Equity Teams”

President Joe Biden has issued an executive order entitled "Further Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government.” The purpose of the executive order is to require federal government agencies to create "equity teams," which identify and address barriers that underserved communities face in accessing the agencies’ services. Agencies must create equity teams within 30 Read More

Former Flight Attendant Sues Delta for Discrimination and Retaliation

A former flight attendant recently filed a lawsuit against Delta Air Lines for discrimination and retaliation. George Kaaihue alleges that Delta forced him to retire or be terminated after he complained to a supervisor about co-workers and managers referring to him as a member of the “Asian Mafia,” “Chinese Mafia,” and “Korean Mafia.” Kaaihue is seeking damages in the form of back pay plus interest, reinstatement to Read More

DOL Addresses When FLSA and FMLA Cover Remote Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB 2023-1) to clarify when the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) apply to remote workers. At the same time, DOL issued Opinion Letter 2023-1-A stating that eligible employees with serious health conditions may indefinitely use available FMLA leave if they need to work reduced schedules. FLSA as Applied Read More

EEO-1 Reporting for 2022 Data to Begin in July

The timeline for submitting EEO-1 data to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has changed. The starting points and deadlines for data submission have varied in recent years; the EEOC recently confirmed that the submission of 2022 data will begin in mid-July. All private employers with 100 or more employees and all federal contractors with 50 or more employees must file EEO-1 reports each year, Read More

How to Avoid a Workplace Retaliation Claim

While human resource professionals know the importance of following workplace anti-discrimination laws, they also must ensure that employees who report discrimination do not face retaliation for having done so. The reason for this is simple:  The most common type of claim filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is retaliation. More than half the charges filed with the EEOC in fiscal year Read More

Biden Uses State of the Union for Bipartisan Support of Workplace Policies, Immigration Reform, and Police Reform

In his State of the Union address, President Joe Biden highlighted the more than three hundred bipartisan bills he has signed into law since becoming president. He also emphasized the need to continue with important bipartisan legislation, including laws enacting paid family and medical leave, immigration reform, police reform, and ending non-compete agreements. Biden’s State of the Union follows his February 2nd Read More

Biden Calls for Nationwide Paid Family and Medical Leave

President Joe Biden recently held a press conference celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for certain workers without losing their jobs or health care benefits. As part of that press conference, Biden called for expanding that legislation through a national program of paid family and medical leave for employees, which he laid out in Read More

2nd Circ. Will not Undo Colgate’s $300M Loss in ERISA Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld an August 2020 grant of partial summary judgment in favor of ex-workers in a class action suit against Colgate-Palmolive. The former workers claimed that the company paid them lower benefits than they were entitled to when they received lump-sum retirement payouts. The three-judge panel of the Second Circuit agreed that the provisions of Colgate’s retirement Read More