Paternity Leave Programs, Workplace Harassment, and more

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July 22, 2016
Report Says Paternity Leave Programs on Rise, New Dads Reluctant to Take Leave

 

While more and more organizations are offering paternity leave programs, a recent survey conducted by Deloitte shows that fewer than half of those surveyed said their “company fosters an environment in which men are comfortable taking parental leave”. Human Resource Executive Online reports that while the millennial population is one that expects paid parental leave, older generations can be reluctant to utilize this type of benefit:

 

  •  36% said they will not use paternity leave benefits because they fear it will jeopardize their position.
  • 41% said they believe taking paternity leave will result in loss of workplace opportunities.
  • 54% feared that they would be judged more harshly by co-workers than a woman would for taking leave.
Human Resources Executive Online further notes that human resources professionals and those in leadership roles need to change internal organizational cultural perspectives before their employees will feel comfortable using paternity leave benefits. 

 

Thursday’s Report Shows Jobless Claims at 13 Week Low

Yesterday’s report released by the Department of Labor showed that weekly unemployment benefit applications decreased to 253,000, which is the lowest level seen since last April. CBS Moneywatch says that economists point to business confidence for this dip in jobless claims, and are encouraged that layoffs are not increasing. CBS further says that while the June jobs report was a strong one, they are pleased that business confidence has not waned in the face of last month’s Brexit vote. 
EEOC Select Task Force: “Workplace Harassment Remains a Persistent Problem”
The Equal Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace recently released an 88 page report citing that workplace harassment continues to be a problem in American workplaces, with roughly 33 percent of the 90,000 charges received by the EEOC last year being tied to workplace harassment. The Executive Summary

released as part of the Task Force’s broader report, strongly recommends training as a tool to combat the prevalence of workplace harassment, focusing on prevention, tailoring the training to the individual workplace, and including a level of “bystander” training. 

ACA Reporting Penalty Relief

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is providing employers who chose to electronically file Affordable Care Act (ACA) forms the chance to submit without penalty. If an employer missed the e-file deadline of June 30, 2016, but can prove that “legitimate effort” was made to register and file, the IRS will waive the penalty as long as the forms are submitted “as soon as possible”. This includes submissions that were rejected by the ACA Information Returns (AIR) system. Employers who have not yet filed should do so immediately while the AIR system is still open for submissions.

Employee Benefit Plan Penalties Increased
Employers may face substantially increased penalties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) starting January 2017. The U.S. Department of Labor recently released an “interim final rule” which outlines a rise in penalties for certain ERISA violations. 
 

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