Fox News Pays $10 Million in Recent Discrimination Case

Posted by January Mallory on May 18 2018

Parent company, 21st Century Fox has agreed to pay $10 million in settlements for 18 former employees following claims of alleged sexual harassment and racial discrimination. After rounds of mediation both Fox and the plaintiff’s attorneys released a statement announcing the settlement.

Dell EMC to Pay Millions in Back Wages Due to Alleged Gender Discrimination

Posted by Karen Turner, HR Manager on May 18 2018

In late April, Computer giant Dell EMC, headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, was ordered to pay more than $2.9 million in back wages to settle a claim of paying women and some minority employees less than their white male counterparts. The pay inequities allegedly began in 2012 in their Pleasanton and Santa Clara, CA locations and in two North Carolina locations beginning in 2014. The settlement is a result of routine compliance evaluations initiated by the OFCCP. Some areas of the alleged discrimination are:

SHRM18 Annual Exposition & Conference Blows Through Windy City June 17-20

Posted by January Mallory on May 7 2018

Make your way to Berkshire Associates’ booth #1814 at the SHRM 2018 Annual Exposition & Conference from June 17- 20 in Chicago, IL. This annual conference offers HR professionals a fun and engaging educational experience. SHRM’s speakers discuss the many challenges HR professional are currently facing and provide them with practical and ready to implement solutions.

New OFCCP Town Hall Action Plan Focuses on Training, Communication, and Trust

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on May 4 2018

Based on feedback from the OFCCP’s town hall sessions, stakeholder meetings with contractors’ human resources managers and other individuals involved in OFCCP compliance regulations, the agency announced their plan to focus on three areas:

  • Training
  • Communication
  • Trust

Berkshire Compliance Expert to Share Insight on OFCCP Compliance in the “Gig” Economy During Kansas City ILG Meeting in May

Posted by January Mallory on April 30 2018

Lynn Clements, Berkshire’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, will share insight on the increasing use of alternative employment relationships such as freelance, contingent, on-call, and temporary workers—otherwise known as the ‘gig’ economy—on May 8 at the Kansas City ILG meeting.

NJ is the Next State to Enact Equal Pay Law

Posted by Kelly Andrews, PHR, SHRM-CP on April 27 2018

Recently, New Jersey governor Phil Murphy signed a bill aimed at promoting equal pay for workers. This law promotes equal pay for workers regardless of race or gender. According to estimates, women in New Jersey earn roughly 81 cents on the dollar compared to men, which is closely in line with the national pay gap of 80 cents on the dollar.

OFCCP Releases Detailed Memo About How It Schedules Contractors for a Compliance Review

Posted by Lynn A. Clements, Director, Regulatory Affairs on April 26 2018

A little light has been shined on one of the great mysteries for many supply and service federal contractors–how the OFCCP selects establishments for a compliance review.

9th Circ. Rules Prior Salary Can’t Justify Wage Differential between Opposite Sex Employees

Posted by Andrea Csordas, SPHR, SHRM-CP on April 25 2018

In a closely-watched case, on April 9, the Ninth Circuit held in an en banc decision that “prior salary alone or in combination with other factors cannot justify wage differential” between employees of the opposite sex under the federal Equal Pay Act.

Uber Reaches $10 Million Settlement on Race and Gender Pay Suit

Posted by Stephanie Meyers, Associate HR Consultant on April 23 2018

Uber Technologies Inc. recently agreed to a preliminary settlement of class claims alleging the ride-sharing giant discriminated against female and minority engineers. Employees who filed the suit claimed that Uber violated the California Equal Pay Act and Private Attorneys General Act, stating that female and employees of color were valued less than male, white, or Asian American peers. The employees claim this resulted in lower performance ratings despite equal or better performance and lower pay.

EEO-1 Deadline Extended to June 1, 2018

Posted by Cheryl Boyer, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Vice President of Client Services on April 23 2018

The filing deadline for the 2017 EEO-1 report has been extended to Friday, June 1, 2018. Employers initially had until March 31, 2018, to file the report also known as the Employer Information Report. The EEOC’s website has been updated to confirm the extension and can be found at