Employment law is constantly changing. Following are some current changes happening within employment laws and the issues employers and employees should be conscious of, if they arise.
Definite Changes to Employment Law
Introduced in 1986, the I-9 form was designed to curb the hiring of undocumented immigrants. As of September 18, 2017, employers must begin to use the new I-9 form. Also, given the changing immigration rules from the new administration, employers should watch closely for related changes. The Department of Labor is taking suggestions from the public before making rules regarding exempt employee salary thresholds. Now would be a good time for employers and employees affected by the current rules to make their voices heard.
Another issue currently impacting business is independent contractors. With the rise in freelancing and work-from-home employees, the federal government will likely address issues related to contract employees. Some states and cities are already making sweeping changes to employment law, impacting worker relationships.
The Equal Pay Act has been in place since 1963, but in recent years the issue of gender equality in pay has grown. Under the Act, intent to discriminate is not a factor; an employee needs to prove there exists unequal pay for the same work. Google, considered one of the most inclusive workforces in the world, is now facing this issue.
Social Issues Which May Affect Employment Law in 2017
Social issues are going to play a role in employment law changes in 2017 and beyond. With more states legalizing marijuana, issues are expected to arise related to its use in or near the workplace or by off-duty employees. Social media is becoming an issue many employers are having to deal with as well. Some businesses make employees sign a statement that they will not cast the employer in a negative light. Expect local and state laws to establish social engagement soon. Parental and family leave benefits continue to expand with many states passing more stringent laws than the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Companies with multistate locations should pay special attention to new laws in each state.
The EEOC is reporting an increase in discrimination and retaliation claims, so employers may want to pay close attention to their managers and reconsider policies. Although the EEOC does not specify why claims are increasing, retaliation claims amount to half, with discrimination and harassment combined making up the other half. Sexual harassment has made frequent headlines, with FOX News leading the way. The media outlet has been the target of multiple allegations of sexual harassment, which has led to increased dialogue nationwide. Employers everywhere should address the importance of human resources in their policies.
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