December Jobs Report, EEOC, and More
Year-On-Year Wage Growth a Highlight of December Jobs Report
The US Department of Labor (DOL) released the December jobs report Friday, which showed non-farm payrolls rose by 156,000 jobs last month. Reuters reports that though December job growth was below estimated gains, wage growth was a bright mark as “the year-on-year increase in earnings [was] 2.9 percent, the largest gain since June 2009”.
Mexican Eatery Ordered to Pay Almost $28k by the EEOC to Resolve Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
California-based Mexicali Chicken & Salads has been ordered to pay $27,692 to “resolve a discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of a female employee who was sexually harassed by her manager and then fired when she complained”. The National Law Review reports that EEOC Director, Christopher Green, used the opportunity to let employers know that they need to “have appropriate anti-harassment policies and reporting procedures in place to protect their workers from unwelcome advances and retaliation”.
“Counterintuitive” Rules for Hiring Smarter in 2017
Fast Company recently released its list of the Top Four Counterinituitive Rules for Making Smarter Hires in 2017. The list encourages hiring managers to hire slowly using methods proven to result in higher quality hires but to fire quickly when the new employees does not succeed, to focus on potential and not past performance, and to pare down eligibility criteria.
Increase to NY State Salary Threshold Exemptions
Despite the recent court decision to delay the implementation of the new national Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime rules, 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 annually in order to be classified as exempt from administrative and executive overtime rules.
READER QUESTION: 2017 Payroll
It’s a new year, and it seems like our first payroll always has errors and issues. What should I look and plan for?
The first payroll of the year usually means you have changes to employee salaries, 401k contributions, flex spending amounts, insurance / benefits coverage contributions, and even tax withholding amounts – and this is just the beginning of a laundry list of other items that can be impact a new year’s payroll.
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