The U.S. House of Representatives soon will vote on requiring employers to reasonably accommodate pregnant workers and employees with pregnancy-related conditions under the proposed Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

States reported that 860,000 U.S. workers filed for new unemployment benefits during the week ending Sept. 12. The total number of workers continuing to claim unemployment benefits fell to 12.6 million last week after peaking at nearly 25 million in early May. Another 14.5 million people continue to claim unemployment under the newly created Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program providing jobless benefits to workers previously not eligible for unemployment, although experts are now skeptical of that figure. New applications for unemployment benefits are still well above the pre-pandemic levels of about 200,000 claims per week.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a proposed regulation Sept. 11 that would expand the collection of biometric data from foreign workers and their U.S. employer sponsors.
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A panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals gave the Trump administration permission to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for almost 300,000 immigrants, primarily from El Salvador. The ruling eliminates deportation protections and work permits for TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan while litigation is ongoing and is expected to also affect the status of TPS holders from Honduras and Nepal, under a separate lawsuit.
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​Recent research shows that the skepticism many companies had about working from home may be eroding. Ninety-four percent of 800 employers surveyed by Mercer, an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm, said that productivity was the same as or higher than it was before the pandemic, even with their employees working remotely."Historically, there has been a perception in many organizations that if employees were not seen, they weren’t working—or at least not as effectively as they wo

A deep dive into IRS guidance on suspending employees Social Security payroll taxes through the end of 2020. Because employers remain liable for the 2020 non-withheld payroll taxes, many will choose not to implement the deferral. Others will want to increase workers’ paychecks for the remainder of 2020 while banking on legislation to forgive the amount deferred.
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COVID-19 safety plans are a way for employers to demonstrate to their employees, the public and, in certain cases, state governments that they have considered the risks associated with COVID-19 in their workplaces and have developed a response to these concerns. The plans establish and explain the policies, practices and conditions necessary to meet the […]

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As employees are adjusting to their new work normal, some have identified an unexpected potential perk of the ability to work remotely—the opportunity to travel to distant locations for extended periods. Here are some concerns employers should clear up before these digital nomads take off.