Pay and Benefits for Private Industry Workers Rose 5.5% in the Year Ending June 30th

In the year ending June 30, 2022, pay and benefits for private industry workers increased 5.5%, with wages and salaries increasing 5.7% and the cost of benefits increasing 5.3%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Within occupational groups, compensation costs for leisure and hospitality workers increased 7.8%. After accounting for inflation, though, real wages and salaries for all private industry workers declined 3.1%, and the value of benefits declined 3.5%. Interestingly, the cost of wages and salaries for…

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Employer Settles COVID Claim for Family History Information

A medical practice in Florida recently settled a claim brought by the EEOC for genetic information discrimination under “GINA,” the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act, according to Bloomberg BNA. The employer had asked into the COVID testing results of its employees’ family members, but GINA prohibits inquiries into an employee’s family medical history, and the EEOC had issued a COVID guidance prohibiting such inquiries. The EEOC’s position has not yet been fully tested in court, but employers would do well to…

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Court Allows Claim for Color Discrimination

The U.S. court of appeals in Richmond recently allowed a discrimination claim based on color, as in skin color, making it clear that such a claim is separate and distinct from a claim for race discrimination. In the case, Felder v. MGM National Harbor, the plaintiff claimed that African Americans with light skin – like him – were treated more harshly than African Americans with darker skin. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 specifically protects employees on…

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