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Employers face flurry of new state, local laws

State legislatures and city councils have been busy in recent weeks and months, enacting new legislation affecting workplaces. Notable new employment laws address the hot topics of family leave and transparency about pay. If similar measures have not yet been adopted where you operate, they soon might be.

Survey: 30% of U.S. workers say they struggle financially

Three in 10 U.S. workers are struggling financially, and more than two in five workers (43%) are having difficulty meeting basic needs, according to research from the 2022 Global Benefits Attitudes Survey by the Willis Towers Watson consulting firm.

EBSA nomination stumbles for now

Because of a scheduling conflict, the U.S. Senate on June 8 failed to confirm Lisa Gomez to head the Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Gilbride gets Biden nod to become EEOC general counsel

President Biden has nominated Karla Ann Gilbride to become general counsel to the EEOC. An attorney, Gilbride is co-director of the Access to Justice Project at Public Justice, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization based in California.

Assess policies, practices for LGBT inclusion

June 15 is the second anniversary of U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which ruled employers cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. June is also Pride Month, making now a good time to review your legal obligations and perhaps reset policies to make your workplace more welcoming for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

41% of workers report more burnout now than last year

Burnout is a growing issue for many workers, including those who have flexible schedules, new research from recruiting and outplacement firm Robert Half shows.

Snapshot: Mental health and the workplace

Employees say work affects their mental health, but few have workplace access to mental health services.

Retain staff by covering training, certifications

Facing a vise-tight labor market, employers are pulling out all the stops to retain top talent. One increasingly popular and affordable tool is to cover or offset employees’ costs for their professional training and certifications.

Biden’s pick to join EEOC stalls

The nomination of plaintiffs’ attorney Kalpana Kotagal to become an EEOC commissioner hit a speedbump in late May when the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions deadlocked 11-11 on whether to recommend her.

Snapshot: Today’s most in-demand HR skills

These are the skills employers look for when hiring new HR staff.