Texas County Sued by EEOC for Equal Pay Act Violation

Posted by Tricia Estacio on September 15 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is suing Denton County, Texas for allegedly violating the Equal Pay Act by paying a female doctor less than a male doctor, both of whom work for the Denton County Health Department.

VETS-4212 Filing Deadline Extended

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on September 15 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) announced an extension of the filing deadline for VETS-4212 reports from September 30, 2017, to November 15, 2017. The reason for the extension is to accommodate the needs of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

EEOC Announces Lawsuit Against Estée Lauder

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on September 13 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced a lawsuit against leading cosmetic company Estée Lauder for sex discrimination.

Filing your 2017 EEO-1 Report

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on September 7 2017

The 2017 EEO-1 report will be due March 31, 2018. Because the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) placed a hold on the compensation data component (Component 2), all employers with 100 or more employees and all federal contractors and subcontractors with 50 or more employees will only report the race/ethnicity and gender of employees by Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) category this reporting cycle. This is the same information that has been reported in previous years. In a change, however, all filers must select a workforce snapshot date during the 4th quarter of 2017 (October, November, December). Below are four important items all employers need to consider when filing their 2017 EEO-1 Report.

The Department of Labor Announces Actions in Response to Hurricane Harvey

Posted by Berkshire Associates on September 1 2017

The Department of Labor has announced several actions it is taking in light of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, including exemption and waivers of some provisions of Affirmative Action regulations for contracts entered into to provide Hurricane Harvey relief.

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.

EEOC vs. CSX Transportation: Claims of Company-Wide Discrimination

Posted by Michiko Clark, Associate HR Consultant on August 24 2017

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a suit against CSX Transportation stating the company has created discriminatory barriers for women seeking jobs with the company. Since 2008, CSX Transportation has used an isokinetic strength test known as the IPCS Biodex as a requirement for workers to be selected for various positions. This test measures the upper and lower body muscle strength of workers. The EEOC has found that women have passed this test at a lower rate than their male counterparts and alleges a discriminatory impact on females that were seeking positions such as Conductors, Material Handlers/Clerks, as well as various other positions.

EEOC Delivers $2 Million Consent Decree to UPS

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on August 11 2017

United Parcel Service (UPS) has agreed to settle a nationwide lawsuit filed in 2009 by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The settlement agreement will pay $2 million to approximately 70 current and former UPS employees who were alleged victims of disability discrimination. Read the EEOC Press Release issued August 8, 2017.

Daniel M. Gade Nominated for Final EEOC Commissioner Seat

Posted by Cindy Karrow, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Senior HR Consultant on August 8 2017

Daniel M. Gade was nominated on July 31, 2017, to fill one of two current vacancies on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Gade graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1997. He served as a company commander and was wounded twice during his service, earning the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.