STATE COURT TACKLES SEX-STEREOTYPING CLAIMS
Nearly half of states expressly prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, but Missouri is not one of them.
Still, the Missouri Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a gay employee who fled a lawsuit alleging sex discrimination. Prior to this case,
Missouri courts had not formally pronounced that sex stereotyping falls
within the scope of the state’s Human Rights Act. The appellate court
found that case law accommodates that theory of discrimination.
BEWARE OF TAX PHISHING SCAM A s tax season heats up, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is warning employers about a
Form W- 2 phishing scam that has
victimized hundreds of organizations and hundreds of thousands of
the last two tax
agency is urging
to educate their
HR and payroll
staf about the danger.
In the typical scheme, cybercrimi-
nals posing as executives send e-mails
to payroll personnel requesting copies
of all employees’ W-2s. They then use
the information from the forms—
names, addresses, Social Security
numbers, income and
fle fraudulent tax
returns, or they
post it for sale on
the dark net.
In addition to
educating staf, the
IRS suggests that you:
Create a policy to limit the number
of people who have authority to
handle Form W- 2 requests.
Require additional verifcation procedures to validate requests before
e-mailing sensitive data.
Send any suspicious e-mails, including the full headers, to phishing@
irs.gov and use “W2 Scam” in the
subject line. If W- 2 data theft occurs, e-mail the agency at dataloss@
―Stephen Miller, CEBS
STATE EXPANDS ‘BAN-
New Jersey modified its “
ban-the-box” law to prohibit employers
from asking about a job candidate’s
expunged criminal record during
the initial application process.
The amendment to the New
Jersey Opportunity to Compete
Act also clarifes that a company
may not use an online application
that requires a person to disclose a
criminal record or expunged record
early in the hiring process.
LOCAL MINIMUM WAGE
Florida district court of appeal
held that the city of Miami Beach
violated state law by enacting a
local ordinance increasing the minimum wage.
According to the court, the law
prohibits municipalities from setting
a minimum wage higher than the
state’s. Similar ordinances could
sufer the same fate. Miami Beach is
appealing the decision to the Florida
READ about state and local workplace and legal developments:
TAX BILL MAY
of companies have made or are
considering making changes to their
benefits programs in response to the
lower corporate tax rate.
Among the most common:
Source: 2018 Willis Towers Watson Survey on the Impact
of Tax Reform.