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Fifth Circuit: Criminal Background Guidance by EEOC Struck Down

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August 6, 2019

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In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a guidance document directed at employers, cautioning them that blanket hiring bans on job applicants with criminal convictions could lead to disparate impact Title VII liability. The rationale was that blanket bans could disproportionately impact ethnic and racial minorities. Employers using this kind of policy could invite further investigation by the EEOC and possible charges of discrimination. The guidance also instructed that an employer could potentially avoid liability by showing that the policy of not hiring applicants with criminal convictions was related to the job being filled, and consistent with the needs of the business.

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September Updates

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This Short List addresses the following topics:
  1. REMINDER! EEO-1 Component 2 Reporting is Due September 30th
  2. DOL Says DOT Drivers Sleeping in Berths While Off-Duty is Unpaid Time
  3. 2nd Circuit: Collectively Bargained Arbitration is Governed by the Scope of the Agreement
  4. 9th Circuit: The Dynamex Independent Contractor Test Does Not Apply Retroactively – For Now
  5. New Noncompete Restrictions in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island
  6. Arizona: Mini-COBRA and Bona Fide Associations Updates
  7. California: Hairstyles Soon to Be Protected From Discrimination
  8. Emeryville, CA: Small Independent Restaurant Minimum Wage Hold Repealed
  9. Florida: Unemployment Compensation Protections for Domestic Violence Victims
  10. Indiana: Direct Sellers are Exempt from Minimum Wage Rules
  11. Iowa: Enacts Negligent Hiring Protections for Employers
  12. Louisiana: Electronic Notice to Employees Permitted for Group Health Insurance Plans
  13. Kansas City, MO: Enacts Salary History Inquiry Ban
  14. New Hampshire: Child Labor Hours Restricted
  15. New York: Paid Family Leave Benefit Schedule Update
  16. New York: Whistleblower’s Immigration Status is Protected
  17. Ohio: Motor Carrier Drivers Excluded from Definition of “Employee”
  18. Pittsburgh, PA: Paid Sick Leave is Revived by State Supreme Court
  19. Vermont: Expunged Records Make Criminal Convictions Vanish
  20. Virginia: Updates to Minimum Wage Exemptions and Nondisclosure Agreements
  21. West Virginia: Effect of Expunged Criminal Convictions

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June Updates

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This Short List addresses the following topics:
  1. U.S. Supreme Court: Title VII Claims to the EEOC are Merely Procedural and Not Jurisdictional to Courts
  2. U.S. Supreme Court: State Wage and Hour Rules Don’t Apply to Workers on the Outer Continental Shelf
  3. DOL Issued Updated Poster for Federal Contractors and Subcontractors
  4. California: July 1st REMINDERS for Employers
  5. Emeryville, CA: July 1st Minimum Wage Increase Paused for Small Independent Restaurants
  6. Colorado: Wage Garnishment Reform on the Horizon
  7. Connecticut: Minimum Wage Increasing to $15 an Hour
  8. Minneapolis, MN: Sick and Safe Time Rule Is Still Up in the Air
  9. Kansas City, MO: Bans Pre-Employment Salary History Inquiries
  10. Nevada: Mandatory Safety Training Expanded to Trade Show and Convention Workers
  11. New Jersey: Required Workplace Postings Receive an Update
  12. Texas: Dallas and San Antonio Paid Sick Leave Set to Go into Effect August 1st

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EEO-1 Component 2 Reporting for 2017 AND 2018 is Due September 30, 2019

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May 1, 2019

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued reinstatement of EEO-1 expanded data collection requirements and posted notice on its website that EEO-1 filers are required to submit Component 2 data for calendar years 2017 AND 2018 by September 30, 2019. (EEO-1 filers include employers with one hundred or more employees as well as certain contractors with more than fifty employees.) This has been an ongoing issue since the requirement to collect Component 2 data was implemented in 2016, and the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) attempt to block its implementation in 2017. As previously reported, in Nat’l Women’s Law Ctr. v. Office of Mgmt. & Budget, a federal judge in the D.C. Circuit Court stated that the OMB failed to demonstrate good cause for staying the release of the updated EEO-1 report form.

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Hold On to Your Hats – Expanded EEO-1 Pay Data May Need to Be Reported for 2018

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March 4, 2019

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A Washington, D.C. federal district court judge in National Women’s Law Center v. OMB recently stated that the previously revised EEO-1 report, including employee pay data, is the form employers should be using to submit their required Employer Information Report. In 2016, the EEOC proposed changes to its employer data collection requirements to add 12 pay bands for the 10 job categories that are tracked in EEO-1 reporting. After proposed revisions, the rule was approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the revised EEO-1 form was issued. However, following the 2016 presidential election, the OMB directed the EEOC to issue a stay of the form’s release, which it did, and the EEOC subsequently removed the revised EEO-1 form from its website.

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EEOC Abandons the Incentives Sections of their Final Wellness Regulations

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Effective January 1, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) removed the incentives section of its final regulations on wellness programs under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC regulations previously addressed how the ADA and GINA applied to employee health and wellness programs, including set limits on incentives that could be offered by wellness programs (e.g., for submitting to a wellness medical exam).

In light of the EEOC’S actions, employers are now faced with limited guidance on how financial incentives may be offered as part of their wellness programs.  The EEOC stated new proposed regulations may be forthcoming, but are unlikely to be released before June 2019. Employers should review wellness programs with legal counsel and look for the EEOC’s updated guidance in the future.

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Seventh Circuit: ADEA Disparate Impact Protections Do Not Apply to Job Applicants

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January 23, 2019

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In Kleber v. CareFusion Corporation, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal stated that the disparate impact protections under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) do not apply to job applicants who are not current employees. Specifically, Section 4(a)(2) of the ADEA specifically states that it applies to “employees.” There, a job posting indicated a position available for an individual with “3 to 7 years (no more than 7 years)” of experience. A 58-year old applicant did not get an interview, and sued for disparate impact under the ADEA because the stated experience requirement necessarily excluded him due to his age.

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May Updates

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This Short List addresses the following topics:
  1. EEO-1 Deadline Delayed to June 1, 2018
  2. IRS Issues Guidance on Family and Medical Leave Tax Credit
  3. Veteran Hiring Benchmark Lowered for 2018
  4. IRS Rolls Back 2018 HSA Contribution Limit Change
  5. U.S. DOL Launches Payroll Audit Pilot Program
  6. U.S. Supreme Court Settles FLSA Status of Car Dealership Service Advisors
  7. California: Staffing Agencies Need Not Police Meal Periods
  8. Emeryville, California: Minimum Wage Update
  9. Michigan: Local Governments Prohibited from Limiting Employer Interview Inquiries
  10. Nevada: Minimum Wage Will Not Change in 2018
  11. Pennsylvania: State Supreme Court Says “Actual Damages” Include Non-Economic Damages Under Whistleblower Law
  12. West Virginia: Employers May Not Prohibit Firearm Storage in Personal Vehicles

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Revised EEO-1 Pay Data Reporting Requirement Blocked Indefinitely

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August 29, 2017

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Last year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it would revise the EEO-1 form large employers must use to report demographic data about the workforce.  These changes manifested in the revision of “Component 2” of the form, which would have required employers to report employee FLSA classification and pay data based upon W-2s.  This information was originally intended to identify discriminatory pay practices.

On August 29, 2017, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (“OIRA”) announced that it was suspending the Component 2 of the EEO-1 report indefinitely. For the time being, the Acting Chair of the EEOC announced that employers should use the EEO-1 survey form used in previous years to meet the filing deadline of March 31, 2018.

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  1. Be prepared to record EEO-1 related data on the previous years’ EEO-1 form.
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Disclaimer: This document is designed to provide general information and guidance concerning employment-related issues. It is presented with the understanding that ManagEase is not engaged in rendering any legal opinions. If a legal opinion is needed, please contact the services of your own legal adviser.

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