It’s #WorkforceWednesday! This week, we look at how COVID-19 restrictions are tightening to curb the spread of the Delta variant, how NYC is ramping up enforcement of its ban-the-box law, and how Biden’s budget could impact employers.
COVID-19 Restrictions Tighten
The rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant has many in the United States talking about the potential of a second lockdown. The Biden administration is now mandating vaccines or strict testing for federal workers, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending that vaccinated people in high-risk areas wear masks indoors. Learn more: ebglaw.com/news/nancy-gunzenhauser-popper-quoted-in-govt-vaccine-mandates-pave-way-for-private-sector-policies/
New York City Fair Chance Act Amendments Go Into Effect
Employers in the Big Apple are revamping their hiring procedures to comply with new amendments to the city's Fair Chance Act: ebglaw.com/news/amendments-to-new-york-citys-fair-chance-act-require-most-nyc-employers-to-revamp-hiring-protocols/
Biden Budget Proposes Increased Funding for Worker Protections
President Biden’s $6 trillion 2022 budget proposal features the American Jobs Plan, which includes infrastructure-related projects Congress is already moving forward on, and the American Families Plan. Both contain labor and employment initiatives. Read more: workforcebulletin.com/2021/08/04/president-bidens-proposed-budget-boon-to-enforcement-oversight-and-worker-protection/
Good News for Retirement Plan Sponsors
On July 15, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service updated its Employee Plans Compliance Resolution System by issuing Revenue Procedure 2021-30 (PDF). The changes and revisions, which generally became effective on July 16, 2021, are beneficial to plan sponsors, participants, and the retirement plan community. Read more: workforcebulletin.com/2021/07/29/good-news-for-retirement-plan-sponsors-irs-issues-updated-guidance-enhancing-plan-correction-programs/
Delaware Set to Increase Minimum Wage
Delaware recently enacted legislation that will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2025. This is a substantial increase from Delaware’s current minimum wage of $9.25 per hour. The minimum wage requirements apply to all employers that employ individuals in the state. Learn more: wagehourblog.com/2021/07/articles/state-wage-and-hour-laws/delaware-set-to-increase-minimum-wage-to-15-by-2025/
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