EEOC Harassment Guidance, Email Scam, and more
New Harassment Guidance Issued by EEOC – Importance of Training Highlighted
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued guidance last month outlining their “expectation that employers be proactive in eliminating workplace harassment”. The National Law Review reports that the Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Harassment includes five core principles that the the EEOC says have shown proven effectiveness in preventing and addressing harassment. These principles include “strong and comprehensive harassment policies”, and “regular, interactive training tailored to the audience and organization”.
Survey Says 40% of Businesses Plan to Hire in 2017
A recent CareerBuilder survey says that 40 percent of businesses are planning to add full-time employees this year, which is the strongest hiring forecast released by the job board in over a decade. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) reports that this increase in hiring is tied to the fact that 75 percent of employers feel that they are in a better financial position than they were last year, leading them to feel confident in adding to headcounts. The CareerBuilder survey also found that 66 percent of employers plan to increase salaries on initial job offers, and 47 percent said they will increase the minimum wage at their organizations.
Facebook Rolls Out Extended Paid Bereavement Leave Policy
Facebook made headlines last week when it rolled out an extended paid bereavement leave policy for all employees, while also increasing available paid leave for employees caring for sick family members. CBS News reports that this new worker benefit was engineered by Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg, who lost her husband in 2015, but also comes at a time when tech companies are exploring new benefit programs to attract and retain employees.
W-2 and Wire Transfer Scams
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released an alert on February 6th warning employers about a Form W-2 emailing phishing scam. The email scam, which has grown to target not only the corporate world, but also school districts and non-profits, is often coupled with a request for a wire transfer of funds.
DOL Increases Penalties for 2017
The Department of Labor (DOL) has released updated penalty amounts for violations assessed on or after January 13, 2017 “whose associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015”. Included in the list are increased penalties for delayed 5500 filings, failure to provide required information and maintain records, and those related to pensions, retirement, and health and welfare.
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