Workplace Harassment, Overtime Pay Class Action Suit, and More
As Workplace Harassment Gains Heightened Attention, Experts Say Regular Training a Must
Workplace harassment has gained increased attention this year in the wake of many high powered, prominent figures being accused of “systemic and unchecked sexual harassment”. JD Supra Business Advisor reports that last year the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed over 6,800 harassment charges alone, representing only 17 percent of this type of claim. To combat workplace harassment, JD Supra advises employers to develop comprehensive policies and actively enforce them, as well as provide ongoing, regular training sessions “tailored to the employer’s workforce (i.e. industry, employee demographics, location, etc.)”.
Overtime Pay Class Action Suit Plagues Wells Fargo
Embattled banking giant Wells Fargo is now facing a class action wage and hour lawsuit after branch employees reported that they were forced to “work during one-hour lunch breaks and to report fewer hours than they actually worked”. Bloomberg BNA reports that this Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) collective and class action suit has been filed on the heels of the congressional investigation into fraudulent consumer accounts.
RE-ENGAGING THE DISENGAGED
Gallup’s State of the Workplace continues to report that more than 70 percent of all American workers are disengaged at work. Business2Community outlines three ways businesses can re-engage their employees, including embracing differences across employee generations to make each generation feel relevant, communicating the role each employee plays in the overall success of the organization, and praising teams for a job well done.
MSNBC: HOW TO BE A BETTER LEADER BY TAKING MEASURES TO PREVENT SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT WORK
OperationsInc CEO David Lewis returned to MSNBC studios last week to speak with Your Business’s JJ Ramberg about sexual harassment in the workplace.
Voting Time Off Laws
As election day approaches, employers should review relevant state voting right laws to ensure compliance, as some states require that employees be given time off to vote. New York and California are two states that require employers provide “sufficient time to vote”, whereas other states like New Jersey and Connecticut do not have laws that require employers to provide time off to vote.
IRS Releases Updated ACA Reporting Forms
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has released updated version of forms 1094-B, 1094C, 1095B, and 1095C. The updated forms are similar to last year’s versions, with a few revisions that include new COBRA and spousal coverage coding, the removal of the “good faith” standard, and an increase in penalties.
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