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  June 29, 2018   Connect With SHRM:

Sexual Harassment


California Legislature Adopts New Policy on Sexual Harassment

On June 25, the California Joint Committee on Rules, which governs both houses of the Legislature, approved recommendations submitted by the Joint Subcommittee on Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response establishing a new set of policies governing how complaints of sexual harassment are handled and investigated within the state capitol in Sacramento. [MORE]


Key Supreme Court Decisions Impact Arbitration, Public-Sector Unions and Immigration
As it wraps up its session, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on several cases impacting the workplace. The Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis decision combined three cases (NLRB v. Murphy Oil USA Inc., Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis and Ernst & Young LLP v. Morris) and focused on class-action waivers in arbitration agreements. SHRM filed an amicus brief arguing that the National Labor Relations Act provides no substantive right to invoke collective procedures. The amicus brief helped secure the win, as the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision upheld class-action waivers in arbitration agreements. As a result, employers can prohibit collective class-action claims in arbitration agreements. [MORE]


U.S. Department of Labor Issues Rule to Expand Association Health Plan Eligibility
Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a final rule titled Definition of “Employer” Under Section 3(5) of ERISA—Association Health Plans, which expands the ability for small employers to join together as a group or association to be treated as the “employer” sponsor of a single multiple-employer “employee welfare benefit plan” or “group health plan” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). [MORE]


As the 2018 Election Season Heats Up, So Do Legislative Proposals Aimed at the Workplace
Over the last several weeks, Democrats and Republicans have introduced significant workplace proposals that provide major roadmaps to how each would address these issues should they control the 116th Congress that convenes in January of 2019following this year’s midterm elections in November. [MORE]

Kelly-Bera HSA Employer Flexibility Act Introduced

As SHRM previously reported, bipartisan proposals aimed at updating rules governing health savings accounts (HSAs) have been introduced and continue to gain traction on Capitol Hill. Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Ami Bera (D-CA) have introduced the latest proposal, the HSA Employer Flexibility Act (H.R. 6128). [MORE]

House-Passed Opioid Bill Includes a Provision Impacting the Cost of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans
On June 22, by a vote of 396-14, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill designed to address the opioid crisis. [MORE]

House Lawmakers Convene Hearing on How Occupational Licensing Affects Job Opportunities and the Economy
On June 20, the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held an oversight hearing on occupational licensing. As noted in an earlier HR Issues Update article, bills to deregulate occupational licensing have begun popping up in various states. Many lawmakers believe that occupational licensing creates unnecessary obstacles for potential employees entering certain fields throughout the United States. The House hearing centered on how occupational licensing can hurt economic growth and mobility. [MORE]