South Carolina News & Analysis

  • Congress pins down tip-pooling requirements

    When Congress passed another spending bill in March 2018, few people were expecting it to resolve a somewhat obscure and highly technical dispute over how employers allocate tips among their workers. Nevertheless, that's exactly what the law does, and the result is much-needed clarity on the topic. Let's take a closer look at tip pools, their history, and what the new law accomplishes.

  • What happened to common decency?

    Rudeness is everywhere. Road rage abounds. It's all about "me" these days, and manners are a laughable thing of the past. Our politicians aren't even close to being civil with one another. Political philosophies are far to the right, far to the left, and what you believe is the only thing that's correct. Everyone else's beliefs are just flat wrong—end of debate. This isn't your grandma's America.

  • Workplace Trends

    Survey finds global engagement levels at all-time high. Global employee engagement levels hit an all-time high in 2017, according to research from Aon, a global professional services firm. The 2017 figures follow a dip in engagement levels the previous year. Aon's analysis of more than five million employees at more than 1,000 organizations around the world found that global employee engagement levels reached 65% in 2017, up from 63% in 2016. The percentage of employees who were highly engaged increased from 24% in 2016 to 27% in 2017. Aon research shows that a five-point increase in employee engagement is linked to a three-point increase in revenue growth in the subsequent year.

  • If a picture paints a thousand words, what's wrong with emojis??

    What do a pair of scissors and an eggplant have in common? At first glance, the answer would appear to be "nothing." But what if I told you that in combination, they can constitute a threat of bodily harm?

  • Agency Action

    EEOC approves new strategic plan. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has announced the approval of its strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2022. The agency said the plan serves as a framework for achieving its mission through the strategic application of its law enforcement authorities, preventing employment discrimination and promoting inclusive workplaces through education and outreach, and organizational excellence. Those objectives have associated performance measures detailing outcomes to be achieved during the four-year period the plan is in effect. The outcomes are designed to demonstrate the EEOCs progress in carrying out its mission in a time of shrinking resources and increasing demand for its services.

  • Workplace Trends

    Survey finds most jobseekers dont negotiate salary. A survey from staffing firm Robert Half finds that 39% of workers tried to negotiate a higher salary with their last job offer. More than 2,700 workers in 27 U.S. cities were surveyed for the study, which found that 46% of men negotiated salary compared to 34% of women. Workers ages 18 to 34 (45%) were found more likely to negotiate salary than those ages 35 to 54 (40%) and 55 or older (30%). Jobseekers in New York City (55%), Dallas (51%), and San Francisco (50%) were most likely to ask for more pay. Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half, noted that employers are broaching the subject of salary expectations earlier in interviews to streamline the hiring process.

  • Active shooter: What should you do?

    There is no shortage of media coverage on public violence. Because of all the attention given to mass shootings, many employers are considering whether they need an active shooter policy. This article provides guidance on how to address the issue.

  • WHD reinstates Bush-era opinion letters

    The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) recently reissued 17 opinion letters that had been withdrawn by the Obama administration for "further review" but never ruled upon. The letters had been issued mere days before former President George W. Bush left office in January 2009.

  • Agency Action

    H-2B cap reached for first half of 2018. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on December 21, 2017, that it had reached the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2018. December 15, 2017, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1. USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated cap. USCIS also was accepting cap-subject petitions for the second half of fiscal year 2018 for employment start dates on or after April 1. U.S. businesses use the H-2B program to employ foreign workers for temporary nonagricultural jobs. Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 for workers who begin employment in the first half of the fiscal year (October 1 through March 31) and 33,000 for workers who begin employment in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 through September 30).

  • Workplace Trends

    Survey shows employers offering more health, wellness programs. Two-thirds of HR managers responding to a survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam reported their organizations have expanded health and wellness offerings in the past five years. The survey, reported in January 2018, also found that 89% of workers said their company is supportive of their wellness goals. The OfficeTeam results contrast with a survey from Willis Towers Watson reported in December that found a disconnect between employers and employees on the effectiveness of programs. Fifty-six percent of employers in that survey said they believe their current health and well-being programs encourage employees to live a healthier lifestyle, but just 32% of employees agreed.