Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services

Recent Posts

Judge Orders EEOC to Reconsider Wellness Rules

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on August 31 2017

On August 22, 2017, a federal judge in the District of Columbia ordered the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) to reconsider its rules regarding Employer Wellness Program incentives as they relate to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA).

OMB Suspends Revisions—Current EEO-1 Format Must be Filed by March 31, 2018

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on August 30 2017

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB), in consultation with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has decided to initiate a review and stay of the revision to the EEO-1 that was previously approved for implementation. The revision would have required employers with 100 or more employees to add wages and hours, along with race/ethnicity and gender, to the EEO-1 report. The 2017 report was to be filed by March 31, 2018.

OFCCP Announces Compliance Assistance Town Hall Meetings

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on August 18 2017

At this year’s Industry Liaison Group (ILG) National Conference, Tom Dowd, Acting Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) Director, talked about the Agency’s desire to work more collaboratively with federal contractors and to provide better compliance assistance.

Workers’ Rights Organizations and Business Groups Agree: OFCCP and EEOC are Different

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on June 2 2017

Last week the White House released its proposed budget for the 2018 Fiscal Year which included a proposal to combine the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (OFCCP). Groups representing employee rights and those representing employer interests are opposed to the merge. The groups agree that though both agencies are focused on protecting employees from discrimination, their purpose is different. OFCCP’s mission is to work with federal contractors to proactively promote equal employment opportunities while the EEOC’s mission is more reactive, investigating individual claims of discrimination.

To Revoke or Not to Revoke: The New EEO-1 Reporting Requirements—No Answer Yet

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on April 27 2017

Within recent weeks, several individuals and groups sent letters to John (Mick) Mulvaney, the recently appointed director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). These letters have been in support of the revised EEO-1 report and in opposition of the revisions.

Puzder Withdraws, Acosta Nominated for Secretary of Labor

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on February 24 2017

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, Andrew Puzder, the nominee for Secretary of the United States Department of Labor announced that he was withdrawing his nomination. The next day President Trump announced he was nominating Alexander Acosta to the position.

Andrew Puzder, the fast-food executive and owner of Hardees and Carl’s Jr, was unlikely to receive the 51 senatorial votes necessary to be confirmed for the appointment to the Department of Labor. Puzder was subject to opposition from Democrats, and trade and advocacy organizations from the start, who were critical of his treatment of workers at his fast food restaurants. As information that he had employed an undocumented housekeeper and allegations of spousal abuse surfaced, his support from several Republicans appeared to erode and Puzder withdrew from consideration. 

Employee Referral Programs—The Good and the Bad

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on February 7 2017

Employee referral programs can be one of the best sources for hiring good employees. However, these programs can also come with some unintended consequences, if not implemented well. There are at least three good reasons for companies to have an employee referral program:

NEW I-9 Form Now Required

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on January 26 2017

Beginning January 22, 2107, employers started using a revised I-9 form to verify new hires’ eligibility to work in the United States. The new form is dated November 14, 2016. The previous form dated March 8, 2013, is no longer acceptable.  For more information and a copy of the new form go to www.uscis.gov/i-9-central.

Are Your Hiring Practices an Anti-trust Violation?

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on December 21 2016

The Department of Justice Antitrust Division (DOJ) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published guidance to alert Human Resources professionals of the risks of entering into agreements with competitors about employment terms and to provide guidance for safeguarding against the violations.  According to the guidance, when competing employers establish “no poaching” agreements for each other’s employees, it may be a violation of U.S. anti-trust laws.

Federal Minimum Wage Under Executive Order 13658 Set To Increase

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on September 22 2016

Executive Order 13658 requires that employers with certain federal construction and service contracts pay employees performing “work on or associated with the contracts” at least the Federal Minimum Wage for Contractors. Effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage for employees working on federal contracts increases from $10.10 per hour to $10.20 per hour.