Drug Use Among Working Americans, Top Payroll Concerns, and more
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.
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:
Additionally, larger employers “were likely to cite multistate payroll compliance as a top tier challenge”.
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.
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.
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”.
DIVERSITY & SENSITIVITY ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE
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