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HIRING VETERANS: A GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS

HIRING VETERANS: A GUIDE FOR EMPLOYERS: HesseMartone is honored to work with so many clients who are veterans and those who hire veterans. Nearly 200,000 veterans transition into civilian life annually. Here are some guides to help employers understand the process. From the U.S. Department of Labor and Forbes.

https://www.dol.gov/veterans/Employer-Guide-to-Hire-Veterans-DEC-2017.pdf

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2018/11/11/hiring-vets-isnt-just-the-right-thing-its-the-smart-thing/#2ac586043bcd

Seventh Circuit Reminds Employers How Important Accurate Employee Evaluations Can Be to Defending an Employment Decision

In Abrego v. Veterans Affairs, an employee claimed the termination of his employment was due to racial discrimination. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals used as evidence the employer’s comments in the annual evaluation to uphold the dismissal of the lawsuit. The employer had given the Abrego satisfactory annual review ratings but had noted, with specificity, the performance problems in the comment section of the reviews. The Court of Appeals upheld the employment termination and dismissed the claims of racial discrimination because the employer had provided evidence of documented performance problems, proving once again how key annual performance evaluations are to an employee’s work history and file.

http://media.ca7.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/rssExec.pl?Submit=Display&Path=Y2018/D10-30/C:17-3413:J:Flaum:aut:T:fnOp:N:2242508:S:0

 

ILLINOIS MUNICIPALITY CAN REDUCE ITS CONTRIBUTION TO RETIREE’S HEALTH INSURANCE

ILLINOIS MUNICIPALITY CAN REDUCE ITS CONTRIBUTION TO RETIREE’S HEALTH INSURANCE: In Lawson v. City of Genesco, the Illinois 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled that Genesco’s offer of health care coverage to retirees with more than 10 years of service was not covered by the Illinois Pension Code, and as such, could be reduced or eliminated by the municipality, an action that opens an avenue of relief to cash-strapped municipalities with large pension commitments.

http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2018/3rdDistrict/3170625.pdf

 

 

MISSOURI VOTERS TO CONSIDER GRADUALLY INCREASING MINIMUM WAGE ON NOVEMBER 6

Missouri’s employers may be faced with a $12.00 minimum wage by 2023 if the state’s minimum wage ballot passes. Endorsed by both the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post Dispatch, the initiative would increase the minimum wage by 85 cents per year; which opponents claim would result in decreased hours for employees and harm businesses in the end.

https://www.kansascity.com/opinion/editorials/article220344550.html

OVERTIME SALARY REVIEW PLANNED FOR NEW YEAR

A new overtime rule will be proposed in March, according to the regulatory plan. DOL is reworking the 2016 final rule issued under the Obama administration, which doubled (to $47,476) the salary threshold under which virtually all workers were guaranteed overtime pay. That rule was blocked by a federal judge, and Acosta has instead suggested an inflation-adjusted threshold at about $33,000.

https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201810&RIN=1235-AA20

 

WE’VE MOVED!

As of October 15, 2018, HesseMartone has a new address:

530 Maryville Centre Drive, Suite 250, St. Louis, MO  63141

Our phone number and fax number will remain the same.

FEDERAL CONTRACTOR REGULATIONS UPDATED TO INCLUDE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITY (IWD) DIRECTIVE

In the recently released regulations, the U.S. Department of Labor requires contractors to establish a goal of 7% inclusion for contractors for qualified IWDs. Contractors apply the goal to each of their job groups, or to their entire workforce if the contractor has 100 or fewer employees. The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in August issued two new policy directives, one focused on equal employment opportunity and the other addressing religious freedom. The equal employment opportunity directive calls for more comprehensive reviews of contractor compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws. The religious freedom directive is aimed at protecting the rights of religion-exercising organizations. The DOL said it is implementing a comprehensive compliance initiative that will include adding focused reviews to its compliance activities. The religious freedom directive instructs OFCCP staff to take into account recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions and White House Executive Orders.

 

Utilization goal: The regulations establish a nationwide 7% utilization goal for qualified IWDs. Contractors apply the goal to each of their job groups, or to their entire workforce if the contractor has 100 or fewer employees. Contractors must conduct an annual utilization analysis and assessment of problem areas, and establish specific action-oriented programs to address any identified problems.

https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/section503.htm

 

JOBS REPORT FOR SEPTEMBER SHOWED DECREASE IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed job growth for the last quarter; indicating a much tighter job applicant market for employers and additional opportunity for employees. The full report:

https://lnkd.in/e-yVD4K

 

FIFTY PERCENT INCREASE IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWSUITS BY EEOC

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released its 2017 data, revealing a year in which its sexual harassment lawsuits increased by 50 percent and represented more than half of all of its lawsuits filed. Employers must understand that sexual harassment prevention training is key to preventing situations in the workplace.

https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/10-4-18.cfm

 

US DOL PROPOSES STREAMLINING INJURY REPORTING RULE

US DOL PROPOSES STREAMLINING INJURY REPORTING RULE: Congressional Democrats are urging the DOL to drop a roll back of requirements for companies to submit their detailed injury forms to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Employers are already required to keep track of their employees’ injuries in records kept on a worksite. In July, the DOL announced it was issuing a proposal that would roll back aspects of an Obama-era rule requiring employers to submit those records to OSHA electronically. The new regulation is expected to be reported out soon.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/12/2016-10443/improve-tracking-of-workplace-injuries-and-illnesses