1. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorney Robert O’Hara, Member of the Firm:

    The EEOC has announced it will not renew the pay data collection requirement moving forward. The agency underestimated the compliance cost of yearly submissions for employers and plans to assess the value of the data due September 30 before renewing the requirement.

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  2. This Employment Law This Week® Monthly Rundown discusses the most important developments for employers heading into September 2019. The episode includes:

    1. DOJ Appeals Ruling on Pay Data Collection

    There has been more pushback around EEO-1 federal pay data collection. On August 16, the Department of Justice appealed a district court’s ruling that reinstated the Obama-era pay data collection rule. This appeal comes just before the September 30 collection deadline, but the briefing schedule in this appeal extends beyond September 30, so there is little chance of resolution before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC’s) reporting deadline. Commissioner Victoria Lipnic has said that “nothing will stop” an employer’s obligation to submit the data on time. The appeal raises significant questions about whether and how the data will be used.

    “We’re recommending to clients to continue to prepare for the filing, but to hold for a bit until the end of September—prior to the deadline—but hold until we have a little bit more clarity from the court about what direction this could go. The interesting thing about this data collection exercise has been about pay equity more generally. The purpose of doing an audit, under privilege, we would recommend, is to find out what’s going on in your own comp system. Not to say that you're being discriminatory in any way, shape, or form, but to really understand what's going on. Looking at it routinely is a good practice. It’s a good business tool to manage your workforce.”—Robert O’Hara, Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker Green

    2. State Legislation Strengthens Worker Protections

    More worker protections are coming online in states across the country. New York passed new legislation that prohibits discrimination based on religious facial hair or clothing, or other religious attire. The new law comes as part of a package of legislation that increases worker protections in harassment and discrimination claims and settlements. This expands upon last year’s groundbreaking sexual harassment legislation. In Illinois, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed similar comprehensive legislation that, among other things, limits arbitration agreements and non-disclosure clauses, mandates sexual harassment training, and extends job-protected leave to victims of gender violence. The Illinois legislation goes into effect January 1, 2020.

    3. New Jersey Enacts Sweeping “Wage Theft” Legislation

    New Jersey has enacted sweeping new legislation that includes heavy penalties for the failure to pay wages. New Jersey employers could now face triple damages for wage claims, and even for typical contract claims. And the new law also extends the statute of limitations for minimum wage and overtime claims.

    “The law became effective immediately upon signing on August 6. The New Jersey Department of Labor appears to have taken the position that it is retroactive. Among the things that employers should do now are—one, make doubly sure that all your employees and independent contractors are properly classified. Two, ensure that your non-exempt employees record every minute of their time. Three, review your employment agreements, including your commission plans and bonus plans and executive agreements, to make sure there are no ambiguities. And, where possible, include that payment is dependent on employer discretion. And four, don’t forget about your handbook. Make sure your contract disclaimer is airtight.”—Maxine Neuhauser, Member of the Firm, Epstein Becker Green

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    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The “Tip of the Week” offers one perspective on possible human resource ideas or business practices. It presents the perspective of an individual not affiliated with Epstein Becker Green and should not be considered legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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  3. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorney Maxine Neuhauser, Member of the Firm:

    On August 6, 2019, New Jersey’s Acting Governor Sheila Oliver signed a sweeping “wage theft” bill into law, toughening penalties for failure to pay wages and extending the statute of limitations for wage claims.

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – tracking the latest developments that could impact you and your workforce. The series features three components: Trending News, Deep Dives, and Monthly Rundowns.

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    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.
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  4. A Trending News video from Employment Law This Week®: Multinational employers: Employee handbooks are not “one size fits all,” and even #MeToo must be handled differently across borders. For example, anti-fraternization policies might work in the U.S., but the same policies are viewed as a violation of privacy in France.

    Global employers must balance company culture and local law. Consider removing U.S.-centric provisions across borders, and localize your policies, to find the best legal and cultural “fit.”

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – tracking the latest developments that could impact you and your workforce. The series features three components: Trending News, Deep Dives, and Monthly Rundowns.

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  5. A Trending News interview from Employment Law This Week®, featuring attorney Robert O’Hara, Member of the Firm:

    On August 16, 2019, the Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal of District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s decision to reinstate the Obama-era pay data collection rule.

    We invite you to view Employment Law This Week® – tracking the latest developments that could impact you and your workforce. The series features three components: Trending News, Deep Dives, and Monthly Rundowns.

    Watch the series and subscribe for email notifications: EmploymentLawThisWeek.com.

    These materials have been provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be construed to constitute legal advice. The content of these materials is copyrighted to Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. EMPLOYMENT LAW THIS WEEK® is a registered trademark of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. ATTORNEY ADVERTISING.

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