What the Biden Infrastructure Plan Means for HR

FLSA Overtime Rule Released

The U.S. Department of Labor has released its long awaited proposed rule raising the salary basis threshold under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that would be used in determining the exempt status of executive, administrative, and professional employees.

Launching and Managing an Employee Assistance Program

Proposed Rule Implementing PWFA Issued

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a proposed rule implementing the Pregnant Worker Fairness Act (PWFA), which became effective on June 27th.

How to Integrate Business Scenario Planning and HR

A Path to Better Delegation

Delegation. It’s a two-way street. If you’re a manager or leader, it’s a way to empower your team and help your direct reports grow, develop, and operate more autonomously. It’s also a means to balance your workload and survive today’s fast-paced, always-too-much-to-do workplace.

How to Learn HR Skills on the Job

Remote Completion of I-9 Forms Authorized

The Department of Homeland Security finalized a rule allowing employers who participate in E-Verify the option of completing the I-9 employment verification form electronically. In response to the summer heat wave, President Biden has directed the Department of Labor to take steps to protect workers.

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Substantial Increased Cost Needed to Deny Religious Accommodation

The United States Supreme Court ruled that in order to deny a requested religious accommodation by an employee, Title VII requires employers to show substantial increased costs would result.

How the aPHR Inspired Jacqueline White-Tolefree to Strengthen Her Leadership Skills and Pursue Higher Education

For professionals like Jacqueline White-Tolefree an HRCI certification came with a sense of pride and accomplishment. Her aPHR not only inspired Jacqueline to strengthen her leadership skills, but also to pursue higher education in a field that she loves.

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HRCI Partners with Coursera to Launch HRCI Human Resource Associate Professional Certificate

HRCI has partnered with the world-renowned online learning platform Coursera to launch the HRCI Human Resource Associate Professional Certificate.

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Supreme Court Bars Race-Based College Admissions Programs

At the end of its most recent term, the United States Supreme Court ruled that admissions systems that considered the race of applicants violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause. The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act became effective on June 27th and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released an updated poster that employers must display. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing recently on skills-based hiring.

DOL Delays Release of FLSA Exemption Rule

In its semi-annual regulatory agenda, the U.S. Department of Labor indicated that the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) proposed regulations concerning exemption from overtime and minimum wage requirements and determining independent contractor status won’t be released until August.

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From Military to Civilian: How the aPHR Helped Reggie Alexander Transition to a New HR Career

As a military veteran, Reggie faced a unique set of culture sifts when he switched to a civilian HR career. Earning an HRCI certification gave him the confidence and knowledge to succeed. Reggie Alexander, a former military personnelist shares his journey of transitioning from the military to the civilian sector, and how he achieved his HR certification.

Federal Agencies Focus on COVID Vaccines & Tests

Supreme Court Rules Against Union

While the right to strike is protected by the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the U.S. Supreme Court decided that a union could be sued where it called for a strike without taking steps to prevent harm to the property of the employer. The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter clarifying the impact of holidays when calculating leave taken under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

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EEOC Provides AI Resource Document

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has issued a technical assistance document concerning adverse impact under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that results from the use of software and artificial intelligence. Due to the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency, the EEOC has updated its guidance on COVID-19 and the civil rights laws that the EEOC enforces.

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COVID Vaccine Mandates End

The Biden Administration announced that the COVID vaccine requirement for federal employees and contractors would end on May 11th, the day the COVID public health emergency is over. Members of Congress are urging the FTC to finalize the ban on noncompete agreements and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $17 per hour.

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Congressional Committee Examines Independent Contractors

With the release of a proposed rule concerning independent contractors by the Department of Labor, a House of Representatives Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the impact of the proposed rule. A federal district court in Texas ruled that some of the preventive care requirements in the Affordable Care Act are unconstitutional. Legislation has been introduced in Congress that would increase the salary basis threshold resulting in more employees qualifying for overtime.

President Signs Legislation Ending COVID National Emergency

The COVID national emergency ended on April 10th and in anticipation of this plus the termination of the COVID public health emergency, three federal agencies issued guidance for employers. Congress failed to override a presidential veto of legislation attempting to block a Department of Labor regulation stating that pension managers may consider environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) when making investment decisions. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increased penalties for failing to display the required poster, two federal agencies have entered into a partnership to collaborate on efforts to protect workers, and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reported increased activity during the first six months of the current fiscal year.