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July 8, 2016
EEOC Select Task Force: “Workplace Harassment Remains a Persistent Problem” 

 

The Equal Employment 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. 

 

June Jobs Report Exceeds Expectations

The June jobs report, released today by the Department of Labor, showed that the U.S added 287,000 jobs last month. CBS Moneywatch reports that this growth far exceeded expectations, as June had been forecasted to have an add of only 180,000 jobs, which would still have been significantly higher than the three month average growth of 147,000 jobs per month. CBS Moneywatch says that wage growth was still relatively stagnant, with 0.1 percent growth in June. 
Survey Says A Little Empathy Goes a Long Way to Inspire Workers

A recent study conducted by employee benefits firm Businessolver found that employees are more likely to work harder for an organization if they feel leadership is in tune with their feelings. Business News Daily reports that:

  • 56 percent of employees surveyed said they are more likely to stay with a company whose management empathized with their needs.
  • 35 percent said that they would leave their current company for a job at the same pay level if it meant going to work for a more empathetic employer.
  • 40 percent reported that they would be willing to work more hours for an employer they felt understood their feelings.

Business News Daily further reports that the survey revealed 60 percent of CEOs surveyed classified their business as empathetic, while less than 25 percent of employees felt their current employer showed empathy towards workers.

OperationsInc CEO David Lewis Presents at SHRM 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition

David Lewis, president and CEO of OperationsInc, was tapped to present two sessions at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2016 Annual Conference & Exposition on the topic of “Translating HR to Net Profit”.

The event, held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., is the largest human resources industry event of the year, attracting over 15,000 attendees and over 600 exhibiting companies. David presented his topic twice over a two day period, with over 700 attendees present at each session.
EEOC’s Proposal to Collect Pay Data Explained

The Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) recently released “What You Should Know: Equal Pay and the EEOC’s Proposal to Collect Pay Data”, a document containing detailed information on the agency’s intent to collect pay data based on gender, race, and ethnicity from employers with 100+ employees. Announced earlier this year, the EEOC’s revisions to the Employer Information Report (EEO-1) includes broadening the reference to “equal pay” to include areas such as overtime pay, bonuses, and even paid time off.

Effects of FLSA Changes on Employee Benefits
As companies move to meet new compliance standards set by the recent changes to the Fair LAbor Standards Act (FLSA), it is important for companies to understand the ripple effects that may occur, particularly as it relates to benefit offerings. It is recommended that organizations review their current benefits, including paid time off plans, retirement savings plans, and other benefit offerings  to understand the implications of employee status changes. 
 

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