Drug Use Among Working Americans, Top Payroll Concerns, and more

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Report Shows Drug Use Among Working Americans at 10 Year High

New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics recent released data showing drug use by American workers at levels “not seen in a decade”. CBS News reports that “4.2 percent of drug tests conducted on employees or job applicants came back positive”, but says that these numbers may not be reflective of the overall workforce, especially those who are not tested for drug use on a regular basis. Among this latter population, CBS News says the self-reported rate of drug use can be 40 to 60 percent higher than those undergoing regular testing.

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Survey Says Wage & Hour Issues, Taxes are Top Payroll Concerns for 2017

Bloomberg BNA and the American Payroll Association recently released the results of their joint survey of payroll professionals. The top areas of concern cited in the survey included:

  • Taxes (83%)
  • Wage and hour compliance (81%)
  • Wage deductions (including child support) (75%)

Additionally, larger employers “were likely to cite multistate payroll compliance as a top tier challenge”.

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Fox News Lawsuits Point to Importance of Workplace Culture

As embattled Fox News continues to face scrutiny after allegations that they fostered an environment tolerant of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, JD Supra warns that it is important that employers recognize the impact of a company’s culture on its employees. JD Supra offers a list of tips for creating a workplace environment free from harassment that includes instituting formal policies and providing a roadmap of who to turn to in the event of harassment, treating complaints confidentially, and implementing training for supervisors and managers.

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EEOC “Reaffirms Commitment to Fighting Ageism, Discrimination”

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has released its most current EEOC Digest, which includes a listing of recent EEOC decisions. The director of the EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations also released a statement declaring the agency’s continued commitment to “protecting the rights of older workers”, especially as more baby boomers delay retirement.

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NYC Employers to Be Banned from Inquiring About Salary History

In an effort to address the gender wage gap, effective October 31st of this year NYC employers will no longer lawfully be able to ask candidates about their salary history, and instead will be required to “set a pay level that fits the job”.

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Articles & Interviews Featuring OperationsInc

Businesses Eye Health Care Changes With Caution – WNPR

US to Ban Laptops from European Flights – The Associated Press

Business Panel Cites Need to Better Train State Workforce – The Advocate

Vacation Policy Heads Into New Realms – – The Advocate

Pressure on Fox Not Likely to Go Away – The Associated Press

As Trump Promotes Manufacturing, It’s Tech Jobs That Offer the Best Opportunity – NBC News

Why 60 Percent of Small Business Owners Want Obamacare Repealed – CNBC

Key Interviewing Questions for Hiring Freelancers – MSNBC’s Your Business

7 Phrases Never to Type in Your Work Email – Business Insider

Report: Cloud-based HR Systems Continue to Grow – The Advocate

Stamford Travel Firm’s New Feature Targets Workday Searches – The Advocate

Employers Are Seeking Women Returning from Career Breaks – SHRM

HR is Rich Source of Comedy for Hollywood – SHRM

Preventing Sexual Harassment at Work – MSNBC’s Your Business



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