HR Headline Roundup for July 15-19, 2019

U.S. House Passes $15 Minimum Wage Bill, CNBC

The proposal to raise the federal minimum wage each year until 2025 and then index its value to growth in national median wages may not receive a Senate vote. Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia already mandate a minimum wage higher than the federal rate of $7.25/hour.

‘Cadillac Tax’ Repeal Passes U.S. House, CBS

Members of the lower chamber of Congress voted 419-6 to eliminate the planned 40 percent tax on high-value employer-sponsored health plans. The tax, put in place with adoption of the Affordable Care Act, has been delayed numerous times and is now set to take effect in 2022. Nearly every employer and labor group opposes the levy, and the U.S. Senate would likely send a repeal to the White House for the president’s signature if leadership allows a vote.

EEO-1 Pay Data Portal Now Open, HR Dive

Organizations that employ 100 people or more must report pay and hours worked data for calendar years 2017 and 2018 to the federal government through the portal by Sept. 30, 2019. Employee demographics must also be reported in order to allow pay equity analyses.

IRS Rolls Out New Rules for Patients With High-Deductible Plans, Chronic Diseases, Axios

Individuals covered by HDHPs and health spending accounts will be allowed to access untaxed insurance coverage before they reach plan limits for out-of-pocket spending.

D.C. Appeals Court Reinstates Trump’s Executive Orders on the Federal Workforce, Government Executive

A three-judge panel ruled that a district court lacked jurisdiction to block rules that limit federal employee union activities and weaken job protections because the issues raised executive orders issued at the end of May 2018 are properly adjudicated by the Federal Labor Relations Authority. Unions object strongly to this reasoning and claim that the practical result will be submitting thousands of individual grievances to a body that lacks the resources and inclination to act on any complaints.

How a State Police Agency Goes Viral, Route Fifty

One of the Colorado State Patrol’s most popular Facebook videos humorously instructs drivers how and when to use turn signals.

Jury: Former Iowa Governor Discriminated Against Gay Employee, Des Moines Register

The state government is on the hook for paying the $1.5 million jury award and the plaintiff’s attorney fees. Terry Branstad, who left office in 2017 was named as a defendant in the case, which started seven years ago. The plaintiff claims he was forced to resign due to his sexual orientation.

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