A good summary of the important employment news you might have missed this month:
· If you’re a recruiter, you probably already knew this: for the first time ever, there are more open positions than there are job seekers. See the most recent Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey conducted by DOL and released in June.
· DOL issued new regulations regarding association health plans, allowing smaller groups to band together to buy insurance. See a good summary (and the yet unknowns) from ABRC.
· DOL launched Apprenticeship.gov to compile apprenticeship information in a centralized location both for job creators and job seekers.
· Although the Supreme Court found in favor of the Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the Court did confirm employers must comply with all discrimination laws.
· Hopefully you already knew about these deadlines:
Electronic reporting OSHA summary (300A) was due July 1, 2018
PCORI fees for self-insured health plans due July 31, 2018
· FMLA forms that originally expired in May, 2018, have been extended to July 31, 2018.
· Immigration was a hot topic, but after a change in President Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy at the border, Congress wasn’t able to get to consensus on other immigration matters. See SHRM’s summary leading up to the vote here.
· EEOC reconvened its Task Force on Harassment to hear from various individuals about how to promote a harassment-free workplace. Check out Eric Meyer’s summary.
· EEOC also released a report entitled “A State of Age Discrimination and Older Workers in the US 50 Years after the ADEA.” Eric Meyer has a good summary of that too.
· NLRB took issue with an employer’s handbook policy that prohibited someone from working a second job; better practice is to restrict, not ban.
· But… NLRB said it wasn’t going to look at handbooks every time there is an alleged NLRA violation and seems to be giving more leeway to handbook policies that it once took issue with.
· OSHA’s silica rules went into effect June 23, but OSHA will give you 30 days before they start enforcing them.
· President Trump proposed a merger between the DOL and Department of Education; to understand the impact, check out SHRM’s article.
· The Supreme Court decided that public sector employees could not be required to pay union dues. But given that Wisconsin public sector unions is limited to police and fire, this is probably less impactful here than in other states.
· SHRM has a summary of some important employment-law proposals pending before Congress:
o Amendments to the NLRA
o Expand use of HSAs
o Shifting Medicare payments to the employer plan for end-stage renal disease (tucked into the opioid bill that passed the House)
Don’t forget to check out the most recent case law update from WISHRM’s partner, BoardmanClark.