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Women more likely to see pay disparity, survey finds. Nearly a third of women (32%) participating in CareerBuilders Equal Pay Day survey in April said they dont think they are making the same pay as men in their organization who have similar experience and qualifications. That compares to 12% of men who think that way. The survey also found that men are more likely to expect higher job levels during their career, with 29% of men saying they think they will reach a director level or higher, compared to 22% of women. The survey also found that 25% of women never expect to reach above an entry-level role, compared to 9% of men. Almost a third of the women in the survey (31%) said they think theyve hit a glass ceiling within their organizations, and 35% dont expect to reach a salary over $50,000 during their career, compared to 17% of men who expect that salary.

New laws a mixed bag for Arizona employers

In the last two issues of Arizona Employment Law Letter, we reported on the legislation that will mark the most significant change in the compliance burden for Arizona employers—a much stricter data breach law. What we didn't know was when the law would become effective. Now we know—August 3. That's because the legislature closed shop on its 2018 regular session in the wee hours of May 3, after days spent drowning in the #RedforEd sea. The data breach law will take effect 90 days after the end of this year's session.

My $.02? Just pay working supervisors for breaks

For more than a decade, we've seen a proliferation of wage and hour litigation over whether assistant store managers and other "working" supervisors are exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Many big names in corporate America have been hit with such lawsuits. I won't single any out, but you've seen the headlines.

Will implicit bias training work for your organization?

Starbucks recently closed more than 8,000 company-owned stores for one day to conduct implicit bias training in response to a viral video that showed two African-American men being arrested for trespassing at one of its Philadelphia stores. Starbucks also announced that its new training curriculum, designed by several national experts, will be available to other companies for use with employees and leadership. Implicit bias training has become increasingly widespread after several highly publicized incidents of racial profiling. But is the training effective?

Newsletter wins top award

Arizona Employment Law Letter took home a trophy for General Excellence in 2017 during an awards presentation in April at the Employers Counsel Network National Conference in New Orleans. This marks the second time in the last four years the Arizona newsletter has claimed the top award, which it also won in 2014.

Vaccinations and religion: The limits are set

The antivaccination movement has been gaining traction in the United States for several years, much to the chagrin of safety-minded employers. While businesses offer ever-broader benefits to limit the business impact of nationwide pandemics, including on-site flu clinics, many employees refuse to participate and lower the efficacy of vaccinations for those who do.

Foul ball: Delaware court reverses workers' comp decision

Workers' compensation is a tough game, and it spares no one. But a recent decision from the Delaware Superior Court reminds us that there are limits to when an employer can be held responsible for injuries occurring during out-of-office, work-sponsored events. Catch the details below.

New tax credit rewards companies that offer paid FMLA leave

Employers that offer paid family and medical leave may get an unexpected tax benefit next year at tax time. The tax reform law that passed earlier this year contains a little-noticed tax credit for employers that provide qualifying types of paid leave to their fulland part-time employees. The credit is available to any employer, regardless of size, if:

WHD issues more opinion letters

In a follow-up to its recent reissuance of 17 opinion letters that had been issued (by the Bush administration) and withdrawn (by the Obama administration) in early 2009, the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has already issued two more opinion letters. As you may recall, the agency had stopped providing such letters during the Obama administration, but the Trump DOL has revived the practice.

Behind the times: Is rounding employees' time outdated?

Time clocks have long been an accepted method for tracking how much time an employee puts in. Many time clocks track time in tenths of an hour or quarter hours. However, time clocks are being replaced by more sophisticated time-tracking systems, such as electronic and computer time trackers, which are better equipped to track the exact number of minutes an employee is on the job. Nevertheless, employers continue to wonder whether they should round an employee's time and whether rounding time worked is legal. This article discusses some of the best practices for rounding if you are going to do it.