$6.5M in Settlements, New OT Rules, and more

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March 4, 2016

EEOC Has Obtained $6.5M for Workers Alleging Sexual Orientation Bias – Number Projected to Climb

Since 2012, over 3,300 individuals have alleged discrimination “based on sexual orientation and/ or gender identity bias”, with the Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) obtaining $6.5M in monetary relief for these individuals through settlements. Bloomberg BNA reports that the EEOC is leaning on Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, though “no federal appeals court has ruled Title VII covers sexual orientation”. As the EEOC continues to reference Title VII, these types of lawsuits are expected to rise.

 

New OT Rules Published in July 2016 But Employers Encouraged to Act Now
While the new overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will not be published until July of this year, employers are cautioned to begin to prepare now, as once the new rules are announced they will have an effective date of 60 days later. Human Resources Executive reports that if the proposed rules are finalized, “the salary limit for workers eligible for overtime pay would increase from $23,660 a year to $50,400”, more than doubling the previous threshold. According to the Department of Labor, as many as 4.6 million workers will need to either be reclassified as non-exempt workers or have their salaries increased to meet the new requirements should they go through as planned.
 

242,000 Jobs Added in February Exceeds Expectations

Today’s jobs report released by the Department of Labor showed a better than expected 242,000 jobs added last month, whereas economists had estimated gains of only 195,000 jobs in February. The USA Today reports that while the jobs numbers came in higher than expected, unemployment remained steady at 4.9% and wages fell slightly.

Employees Can Now Sue if Hours Cut to Avoid ACA
According to a recent US District Court ruling, employees can now sue an employer if the employee can prove the company intentionally reduced his or her hours to avoid having to provide health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The employee must prove that they previously worked over 30 hours per week, and that their hours were reduced directly because the employer wanted to avoid providing health insurance and other benefits as mandated by the ACA.
 
Top Thought Leaders from Recruiting Field Coming to Stamford

Nineteen leading industry experts in the Recruitment and Talent Acquisition field are coming together at the Second Annual Fairchester Recruiting Summit & Awards, being held at UCONN Stamford on April 7th. The highly informative educational event will feature speakers from leading area businesses like Pitney Bowes, Starwood, Bigelow Tea, Gartner, Vineyard Vines, and Tauck Tours, and will also include an opening keynote presented by Namely CEO Matt Straz. The half day educational summit will conclude with a networking and cocktail event announcing this year’s winners for excellence in the field of recruiting. Registration for this event is now open, and nominations are currently being accepted.
 

AllCountyJobs.com Network Offers Free Intern Postings

Regional job board network AllCountyJobs.com has announced that they will be offering free postings on their job boards for any Internship postings in the area. The initiative is geared to matching college students with educational and learning opportunities at area businesses. 

Employers who are looking to fill intern openings within their organizations can click the button below to post these positions free of charge.

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