Weekend Roundup: Salary History, IRS Benefit Plan Limits, and Overtime Update

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As the holidays approach, it’s easy to get caught up in personal planning and ensuring your company’s holiday scheduling, bonuses, and events are coming along according to plan. Unfortunately, that sometimes means we forget to keep up with the latest in HR news. In this week’s roundup, we gathered the three stories from across the country that you need to keep an eye on throughout the holiday season.

 

DOL Calls for Temporary Halt on Overtime Rule Case

The FLSA overtime rule that we have all heard so much about has an update. On October 30, the Department of Labor paused the litigation over the rule in order to develop a new rule. The rule, issued in 2016 by the Obama administration, would have raised the salary threshold for exempt workers from $23,660 to $47,476. Keep an eye out for a new rule proposal from the DOL in the coming months.

 

Asking for Salary History May Be Illegal in Your State

On October 12, California enacted a new law you may have heard about. The legislation prohibits employers from requesting, in any form, a job applicant’s salary history. California is the latest region to pass such legislation. Here is a list of areas where similar legislation will soon go into effect (source):

  • Delaware (effective December 14, 2017)
  • Massachusetts (effective July 1, 2018)
  • Oregon (effective October 6, 2017)
  • New Orleans (effective January 25, 2017)
  • New York City (effective October 31, 2017)
  • San Francisco (effective July 1, 2018)

 

District Court Dismisses Putative FCRA Class Action for Lack Of Standing

A recent court case regarding background checks was dismissed by a judge. The plaintiff filed a class-action lawsuit against Home Depot, alleging that it violated the FCRA by failing to produce a compliant disclosure and failing to obtain her authorization to conduct the background check.

 

Court cases regarding background checks are always watched by KRESS. If you’re unsure if your background-check provider is FCRA-compliant, contact us today for a free audit.

 

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