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Newsroom image for the post White House Announces Ease on Travel Restrictions For All International Travelers Coming into United States

Posted September 20, 2021 with Tags ,

White House Announces Ease on Travel Restrictions For All International Travelers Coming into United States

On September 20, 2021, the White House announced plans to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travelers coming to the United States. Beginning in early November 2021, the White House will rescind the current geographic-related travel bans imposed on certain travelers from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India.

Newsroom image for the post DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Six Countries

Posted September 13, 2021 with Tags

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Six Countries

Extension of TPS On September 10, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations and TPS-related documentation (EADs, Forms I-94, and Forms I-797) for El …

Newsroom image for the post Summary of President Biden’s Two Executive Orders on Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccines and Safety Protocols

Posted September 10, 2021 with Tags , , ,

Summary of President Biden’s Two Executive Orders on Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccines and Safety Protocols

On September 9th, President Biden signed two Executive Orders; one requiring COVID vaccines for federal employees and another ensuring adequate COVID safety protocols for federal contractors. The administration also announced plans to develop rules impacting private employers with more than …

Newsroom image for the post Does Your State Prohibit Asking Salary History?

Posted September 9, 2021 with Tags

Does Your State Prohibit Asking Salary History?

Nevada and Rhode Island will soon join the growing list of state and local governments prohibiting employers from requesting salary history from applicants, the most common form of pay equity legislation. As employers transition to remote workforces and attract applicants …

Newsroom image for the post Six Governance Steps Nonprofits Can Take to Advance DEI Goals

Posted September 2, 2021 with Tags

Six Governance Steps Nonprofits Can Take to Advance DEI Goals

A recent study found that nonprofit boards are 78.6 percent white.  That means nonprofit boards do not reflect the make-up of the American population or the constituents these nonprofits and foundations serve.  The National Council of Nonprofits has acknowledged the critical importance of diversity in nonprofit governance, saying: With a diversity of experience, expertise, and perspectives, a nonprofit is in a stronger position to plan for the future, manage risk, make prudent decisions, and take full advantage of opportunities.  A diverse board that is also sensitive to cultural differences is usually one that has a stronger capacity to attract and retain talented board members - as well as to be in touch with community needs. Though diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) discourse has recently been present in programming, foundation gifting, and other industry lenses, community foundations are looking for new ways to take active steps towards deepening their DEI commitment, including an examination of board memberships.

Newsroom image for the post What Employers Should Know: Minnesota’s Expanded Protections for New and Expectant Parents

Posted August 12, 2021 with Tags

What Employers Should Know: Minnesota’s Expanded Protections for New and Expectant Parents

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently signed legislation that adds to the workplace protections for new and expectant parents. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2022, and expands upon the provisions previously passed in 2014 under the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA). Because of these expansions, an estimated 27,000 additional workers will be able to receive pregnancy accommodations in the workplace.

Posted July 8, 2021 with Tags , ,

Presidential Executive Order Targets Non-Compete Agreements

On July 8, 2021, President Biden announced that he would issue an Executive Order (EO) calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to adopt rules curtailing the use of non-compete agreements. While the announcement offers few details so far, questions remain about the FTC’s legal authority to regulate non-competes in the manner sought by President Biden.

Newsroom image for the post Validity of National Interest Exceptions Extended to 12 Months and Multiple Entries for Travelers from Certain Countries

Posted July 7, 2021 with Tags ,

Validity of National Interest Exceptions Extended to 12 Months and Multiple Entries for Travelers from Certain Countries

On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of State extended the validity of NIEs for travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India. This extension applies to NIEs granted in the last 12 months). Under the new policy, NIEs will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, so long as the NIE is used for the purpose stated in the original approval.

Newsroom image for the post OSHA Issues First Federal COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Employees and Updates Guidelines Protecting Spread of COVID-19

Posted June 15, 2021 with Tags ,

OSHA Issues First Federal COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Employees and Updates Guidelines Protecting Spread of COVID-19

On June 10, 2021, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) to ensure uniform protection for employees within the healthcare industry from exposure to COVID-19. The ETS is effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. Employers must comply with most provisions within 14 days, and with provisions involving physical barriers, ventilation, and training within 30 days.

Newsroom image for the post Pay Equity and the Pandemic: A Primer for Higher Ed

Posted May 24, 2021 with Tags

Pay Equity and the Pandemic: A Primer for Higher Ed

After a year unlike any other, colleges and universities are grappling with historical challenges. While adjusting to reduced attendance, converting to online programming, and ensuring a healthy and safe environment, many higher education institutions operated with significant budget shortfalls. The resulting furloughs, layoffs, and work reductions may add a wrinkle—pay equity complaints. 

Newsroom image for the post Illinois Adopts New Equal Pay Requirements

Posted May 24, 2021 with Tags

Illinois Adopts New Equal Pay Requirements

Many states across the country have adopted new or revised equal pay laws in an effort to address pay inequities in the workplace. Illinois joined that list with March 22, 2021 amendments to the Illinois Equal Pay Act of 2003 and Illinois Business Corporation Act, which took immediate effect. The amendments require employers to assemble, submit, and, in some cases, even publish demographic and pay equity data. 

Newsroom image for the post Biden Administration Pushes New Federal Equal Pay Requirements

Posted May 24, 2021 with Tags

Biden Administration Pushes New Federal Equal Pay Requirements

During the Trump Administration, equal pay advocates focused their attention on legislative and regulatory changes at the state and local levels. These advocates believed change was impossible at the federal level. Still, they successfully convinced states to revise their equal pay statutes and enhance state-level protections against pay inequities. However, with the changing of the White House, pay equity advocates have refocused their attention back on the federal government.

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