2017 Employment Law Changes, Cybersecurity, and more
HR’s Role in Cybersecurity
A recent article from Bloomberg BNA says “human resources information systems can be a ‘gold mine’ for hackers, and it’s more important than ever for HR to fight increasingly complex threats to employee data”. Bloomberg BNA encourages HR professionals to manage permissions and limit data access, educate employees, and empower employees to come forward if they receive any communications that seem “fishy” or suspicious.
40% of US Employers Plan to Add Full-Time Staff in 2017
Careerbuilder’s Annual Job Forecast has found that 40 percent of American employers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in 2017, making this the brightest hiring outlook in almost a decade. Business Management Daily reports that an additional 30 percent of employers expect to hire part-time staff, and 50 percent plan to hire temporary workers.
Study Shows Workplace Rudeness on the Rise
A recent study conducted by Georgetown University shows that workplace rudeness is on the rise, potentially contributing to employee stress in the workplace. CBS News reports that while half of those surveyed in 1998 had been victim to workplace rudeness within the past 30 days, that number is now up to 65 percent in 2016. So why the rise in rude workplace behavior? CBS News says technology and work overload are major contributors.
3M Americans Expected to Find New Jobs this Month Amidst Hot Job Market
In a labor rally that has been attributed in part to the new Trump administration entering the White House, more than 3 million American workers are expected to voluntarily resign from their current positions this month alone. The NY Post reports that January’s job market movement (and that of the first quarter) is gaining momentum from workers who have had little to no wage growth in almost a decade being wooed by companies on “hiring sprees”, causing a cyclical reaction allowing for the hottest job market since 2007.
2017 Employment Law Changes
As we start 2017, it is important to note some key employment law changes, on both a federal and state level, that went into effect on January 1st.
It is also important to flag the fact that some of these changes were announced as late as the last few days of the year, catching some employers off-guard. Here is a summary of the key law changes your firm should review, and, as needed, address.
New Federal and Independent Contractor regulations Now in Effect
Effective January 1st, new regulations have been put in place regarding federal contractor paycheck transparency, independent contractor notices, and paid sick leave obligations.
Increase to NY State Salary Threshold Exemptions
Despite the recent court decision to delay the implementation of the new national FLSA overtime rule, New York employers must comply with new regulations from the NY State Department of Labor (NYDOL). On December 28, 2016, the NYDOL adopted regulations mandating that New York City employees be paid at least $42,900 annual in order to be classified as exempt from administrative and executive overtime rules.
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