Disruptive HR Trends: What You Need to Know Heading Into 2022

Independent Contractor Rule Proposed

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a proposed rule that is designed to help employers classify workers and to address misclassification that occurs when workers are considered independent contractors rather than employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Culture First: Empathy and Collaboration

HRCI Congratulates James Lewis, Chair of ISO Technical Committee 260, on ANSI Award

The HRCI team extends heartfelt congratulations to James (Jim) Lewis, SPHR, GPHR, President of J. Lewis Consulting Group, LLC and Chair of ISO Technical Committee 260, on his recent ANSI Award. Lewis previously served as Board Chair and Board Member at HRCI.

HRCI Wins Thought Industries’ 2022 Continuing Education Award

Last week, Thought Industries (Ti) named HRCI the winner of its 2022 Continuing Education Award. Part of the company’s COGNITION22 Customer Awards, Ti made the announcement during its annual enterprise learning conference and user event, which was held online from October 3 – 6, 2022.

Federal Agencies Focus on COVID Vaccines & Tests

Supreme Court Begins New Term

The United States Supreme Court began its new term on October 3rd with several cases already on its docket that could impact workforces. The federal government has been funded through mid-December thus avoiding a partial government shutdown that would have occurred on October 1st. The Department of Labor has expanded its registered apprenticeship program, OSHA has modified the Severe Violator Enforcement Program, and the EEOC has released new data.

Joint Employment Regulations Issued

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has proposed joint employment regulations. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has decided that OSHA cannot be compelled to issue a permanent COVID-19 standard to protect healthcare workers.

Office Financial Wellness

Not Offering Financial Wellness as a Benefit? You are ‘Shortchanging’ Your Employees.

According to Fearless Finance Founder Lori Atwood, CFP®, an HR professional can better support their organization by learning to identify when employees are experiencing financial stress and ways to provide support that does not necessarily require pay increases.


Congress Faces Deadline to Fund the Federal Government

Congress has until September 30th to fund the federal government or there will be a partial government shutdown. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has entered into agreements with the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission to protect workers.


Remote Inspections of I-9 Documents Proposed

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has proposed regulations that would allow employers to inspect employment eligibility verification documents remotely when completing the I-9 Form.

More on Pay Trends

In the second installment of this two-part series, HRCI CEO Dr. Amy Dufrane SPHR, CAE, looks at the previously staid state of compensation and what the recent rapid changes mean to HR.

FLSA Case on the Supreme Court Docket

The United States Supreme Court will be ruling on a Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) case concerning whether a highly compensated employee whose pay was determined on a daily basis is exempt from the FLSA. Through the end of July, close to 5,800 COVID related employment lawsuits have been filed. President Biden has nominated Jessica Looman, current acting Wage-Hour Administrator to be the next Wage-Hour Administrator.

HR News Roundup - July 2022

HR News Roundup: The Pandemic’s Effect on Women in the Workplace; Creating a High-Fairness Work Environment Improves Retention and Performance & More 

Watch this Space: Pay Trends

Should remote workers be paid less? How can organizations address gender pay equity and racial wage gaps? What should HR be doing now, as well as planning for the future? In this two-part series, HRCI CEO Dr. Amy Dufrane, SPHR, CAE, looks at the previously staid state of compensation and what the recent rapid changes mean to HR.

Revised Independent Contractor Regulations Expected Soon

The Department of Labor has finalized proposed regulations concerning independent contractor status. The EEOC has changed its guidance concerning COVID-19 testing and a federal court has issued a preliminary injunction preventing the implementation of guidance issued by EEOC concerning discrimination based on sexual orientation or transgender identity.

Why are Certifications Important in Continuing Education for HR?

How does the HR professional focus on continuous learning? While reading relevant literature and participating in professional network groups can be tools in the continuous learning toolbox, one of the most prevalent opportunities for continuous learning in the HR market is participation and completion of certificates and certification.

DOL May Propose Salary Basis Increase

The Department of Labor intends to issue a proposed rule in October revising the regulations implementing the FLSA’s overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees. The US Supreme Court has ruled that employer health insurance plans can limit coverage for end stage renal disease. OSHA has extended its national emphasis program for COVID-19 that covers healthcare facilities as well as meat and poultry processing plants. The Workplace Misconduct Accountability Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives to safeguard against the abuse of non-disclosure agreements.