October 2018 Archives

Four ways to fight for pay equity at work

Despite the efforts of feminism, women are still paid significantly less than men. Women earn 83 cents for every dollar men earn in the U.S. The World Economic Forum also estimates it will take 168 years to close the gender pay gap in North America. Women also hold fewer leadership positions within companies, even though they have 60 percent of the undergraduate degrees in the country.

Overtime rule overhaul delayed until March 2019

The United States Department of Labor is contemplating a change that could affect overtime laws for workers in Texas. The Fair Labor Standards Act has set a threshold salary below which workers must be paid overtime for working more than 40 hours in a week. The DOL intends to raise the threshold amount but has pushed back the change until March 2019.

ERISA - New Regulations

The Department of Labor recently strengthened the procedural safeguards governing claims for disability benefits provided by employee benefit plans. The new regulations are designed to ensure that all claims and appeals for disability benefits are given a full and fair review. For example, an adverse benefit determination must include: (1) an explanation of the basis for the decision; (2) an explanation of the scientific or clinical judgment underlying the adverse determination or an offer to provide such explanation free of charge; (3) the rules, guidelines or other criteria within the benefit plan relied upon to deny benefits; (4) a statement that the claimant is entitled to receive upon request and free of charge copies of all records, documents and other information relevant to the claim for benefits; and (5) a description of the applicable appeal procedures. A failure to comply with these disclosure requirements may result in the claimant's right to seek immediate relief in federal court.

Are experience caps discriminatory?

It’s becoming increasingly difficult for people with several years of experience to find jobs. If you have ever been a job seeker with a few grey hairs, you have probably felt at least a bit of the sting that comes with being turned away for your age.

Disabled workers face struggles remaining employed

People in Texas and throughout the country who have disabilities generally need extra help to live and work. However, disclosing their disabilities may make it harder to find a job. The Americans With Disabilities Act is designed to help such individuals remain competitive in the job market. This doesn't mean that employers necessarily understand or comply with it. Those who have mental conditions also tend to feel as if companies only take steps to help those with physical disabilities.

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