On April 11, Valentin Estevez to speak at the Greater Houston Industry Liaison Group (GHILG)

Valentin Estevez, Ph. D. and Managing Director at Welch Consulting and Meredith Mills Gregston, Esq., of Duane Morris LLP will present to members of the Greater Houston Industry Liaison Group (GHILG). The seminar, Legal Updates and Leveraging Your OFCCP Compliance Efforts to Study Pay Equity More Broadly.

The seminar, Legal Updates and Leveraging Your OFCCP Compliance Efforts to Study Pay Equity More Broadly, will cover recent changes to the OFCCP’s compensation directives and major players and trends in the pay equity arena. Join them on Thursday, April 11 at Houston Community College-West Loop Campus, Room C108AB.

To learn more about the event and register  http://www.ghilg.org/events/2nd-quarterly-ghilg-meeting-april-11-2019/


On March 22, Catherine Massey will attend the Peter G. Peterson Foundation US 2050 Conference

On March 22, Catherine Massey, Senior Economist at Welch Consulting, will attend the Peter G. Peterson Foundation US 2050 Conference in Washington D.C. where scholars and policy experts will discuss the implications of her research inequality and intergenerational transmissions of wealth (coauthored with Jonathan Rothbaum and Liana Fox) along with several commissioned papers spanning a wide variety of topics related to our nation’s future.

Ms. Massey's project, Past and Present Differences in Opportunity by Neighborhood, seeks to understand how intergenerational mobility has evolved over the course of the 20th Century and to predict how it may evolve over the next 30 years.

For more information on the event https://www.pgpf.org/us-2050/spring-conference


Welch Consulting Employment Index Pulls Back in February

The Welch Consulting Employment Index made a small pull-back in February, from 102.5 to 102.4. The index still sits near the highest levels seen in a decade.

The Welch Index measures full-time equivalent employment after adjustment for population growth and the aging of the workforce. An Index value of 100.0 indicates that adjusted full-time equivalent employment is the same as its level in the base year of 2004.

Over the past 12 months the Index has risen from 101.4 to 102.4. The increase in the Index over the past year means that full-time equivalent employment has been growing at a faster rate than the adult population.  Full-time equivalent employment increased 1.0% faster than the adult population over the past year (after making adjustments for the aging of the U.S. adult population). Looking back at the most recent 6 months, the Index rose from 101.4 in August to 102.4 currently. The rate of change over the past year is on track with the overall trend for the last 3 years of an increase of about 1.0% per year. The most recent six months shows a faster rate of employment growth.

In February the index for women held steady at its all-time high of 105.5. This is up from 103.7 a year ago. The index for men rose held steady at 100.1. This the highest the index for men has been since June 2008. The index for men is up 0.5 points from its year ago value of 99.6. Over the last three years the index for women is up 4.4 points while the index for men is up 2.3 points.

Technical Note: Full-time equivalent employment equals full-time employment plus one half of part-time employment from the BLS household survey (the Current Population Survey). The data reported for a given month is generally from the calendar week that contains the 12th day of the month. The Welch index adjusts for the changing age distribution of the population by fixing the age distribution of adults to the distribution in the base year of 2004. Seasonal effects for the share of workers employed in part-time jobs are removed in a regression framework using monthly indicator variables.


On March 18, Valentin Estevez to speak at the Spring CEO Conference of the EAA.

On March 18, Valentin Estevez, Ph.D., Managing Director at our Texas office, will speak at the Spring CEO Conference of the Employer Associations of America about the state of the economy and developments in the Labor and Employment arena.

Please join Valentin Estevez, Ph.D., Managing Director at our Texas office on March 18, from 1:00 - 2:30 PM at The Ashton Hotel in Fort Worth. Valentin will speak at the Spring CEO Conference of the Employer Associations of America about the state of the economy and developments in the Labor and Employment arena.

Please click here for more information https://www.eaahub.org/spring2019


Hyowook Chiang to speak on April 25 at the Annual NELC Conference in San Diego

Hyowook Chiang, Ph.D., Managing Director of Welch Consulting will speak on the topic “Cutting Edge Strategies To Combat Sexual Harassment In The Workplace” on Thursday, April 25, 2019 at the NELC Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

He will be joined by Rafael E. Lázaro, Founding Member, Lázaro Law Group, Mey Ly-Ortiz, Managing Counsel of Employment & Labor at Toyota Motor North America, Travis Sumter, Lead Labor & Employment Counsel at Facebook and Lisa C. Hamasaki, Shareholder at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

The panel will discuss sexual harassment in the workplace and how this is a monumental national problem. While fifty four percent (54%) of women report having been harassed at some point in their careers, only twenty-five (25%) report it. These numbers and the corresponding #MeToo movement have made one thing clear -- our current systems (both internal corporate structures as well as external administrative, legislative, and judicial) have failed. The panel will also discuss cutting edge solutions to the pressing issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. Come learn what social science research reveals about the causes of harassment and what employment lawyers can do to tackle this problem. The panel will present ideas to foster change by increasing accountability, transparency, and equity. Issues to be addressed include pertinent internal policies, training programs, and salary transparency as a strategy for increased equity. At the end of the program participants will be equipped with practical knowledge that can be applied to their organizations to foster a harassment-free culture.

To register please click  https://www.nelc-law.org/event-3063233


Welch Consulting Employment Index Reaches Highest level in 11 Years in January

The Welch Consulting Employment Index extended recent gains, reaching a new high of 102.5. This is a level not seen previously since January, 2008. The index for women held steady in January, while the index for men showed a strong increase.

The Welch Index measures full-time equivalent employment after adjustment for population growth and the aging of the workforce. An Index value of 100.0 indicates that adjusted full-time equivalent employment is the same as its level in the base year of 2004.

Over the past 12 months the Index has risen from 101.0 to 102.5. The increase in the Index over the past year means that full-time equivalent employment has been growing at a faster rate than the adult population.  Full-time equivalent employment increased 1.5% faster than the adult population over the past year (after making adjustments for the aging of the U.S. adult population). Looking back at the most recent 6 months, the Index rose from 101.8 in July to 102.5 currently. The rate of change over the past year is a bit faster that the overall trend for the last 3 years of an increase of about 1.1% per year. The most recent six months show a trend on pace with the past year.

In January the index for women held steady at its all-time high of 105.5. This is up from 103.2 a year ago. The index for men rose from 99.4 to 100.1, more than reversing its 0.2 point decline in December. This the highest the index for men has been since June 2008. The index for men is up 0.8 points from its year ago value of 99.3. Over the last three years the index for women is up 4.3 points while the index for men is up 2.5 points.

Technical Note: Full-time equivalent employment equals full-time employment plus one half of part-time employment from the BLS household survey (the Current Population Survey). The data reported for a given month is generally from the calendar week that contains the 12th day of the month. The Welch index adjusts for the changing age distribution of the population by fixing the age distribution of adults to the distribution in the base year of 2004. Seasonal effects for the share of workers employed in part-time jobs are removed in a regression framework using monthly indicator variables.


On February 21, Valentin Estevez to speak at the San Antonio Industry Liaison Group (SAILG)

Valentin Estevez, Ph.D., Managing Director, of Welch Consulting and Meredith Gregston, Esq. of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. will present to members of the San Antonio Industry Liaison Group (SAILG). The presentation, Leveraging Your OFCCP Compliance Activities to Learn More About Your Pay Equity Situation, will cover recent changes to the OFCCP’s compensation directives and major players and trends in the pay equity arena.

Join them on Thursday, February 21 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at Southwest Research Institute, 6220 Culebra Road, San Antonio, TX 78240. To learn more about the event and register, please contact Kimberly Salinas, kimberly.salinas@nustarenergy.com by noon Thursday, February 14th.


On February 6, Valentin Estevez to speak at Cozen O'Connor

Valentin Estevez, Ph.D., Managing Director, of Welch Consulting will speak on the topic "For Employers: Is Your Independent Contractor Agreement a Ticking Time Bomb?" Valentin will be joined by Michael C. Schmidt, Vice Chair and Managing Partner and Jeremy J. Glenn, Managing Partner both from Cozen O'Connor.

Valentin Estevez, Ph.D., will speak at Cozen O'Connor on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. ET.

This program, co-sponsored by Cozen O’Connor and Welch Consulting, will examine the dangers associated with the misclassification of employees:

  • What’s at stake?
  • Industries in the crosshairs
  • Myths and misconceptions
  • Determining a worker’s status
  • Measuring key factors
  • Using your data to prevent misclassification issues
  • Evaluating and defending against misclassification claims

The dangers of misclassification have been misunderstood for years. Through current examples, we will show you how to avoid the problems of the past. We hope you can join us for a very interesting and educational program.

To join this meeting, click  https://sites-cozen.vuturevx.com/107/2082/landing-pages/register-form-(blank).asp?sid=f0d1ae6b-2049-4adb-99f5-d703678d6c1d


Welch Consulting Employment Index Remains at Highs in December

The Welch Consulting Employment Index maintained the level of its recent high set in November, 102.1. This is a level not seen previously since March, 2008. The index for women climbed strongly in December, while the index for men slipped.

The Welch Index measures full-time equivalent employment after adjustment for population growth and the aging of the workforce. An Index value of 100.0 indicates that adjusted full-time equivalent employment is the same as its level in the base year of 2004.

Over the past 12 months the Index has risen from 100.9 to 102.1. The increase in the Index over the past year means that full-time equivalent employment has been growing at a faster rate than the adult population.  Full-time equivalent employment increased 1.2% faster than the adult population over the past year (after making adjustments for the aging of the U.S. adult population). Looking back at the most recent 6 months, the Index rose from 101.6 in June to 102.1 currently. The rate of change over the past year is on pace with the overall trend for the last 3 years of an increase of about 1.0% per year. The most recent six months show a trend on pace with the past year and the past three years.

In December the indices for women and men diverged. The index for women rose from 105.1 to 105.5. This is up from 103.2 a year ago. The index for men fell from 99.6 to 99.4. The index for men is up 0.3 points from its year ago value of 99.1. Over the last three years the index for women is up 4.5 points while the index for men is up 1.8 points.

Technical Note: Full-time equivalent employment equals full-time employment plus one half of part-time employment from the BLS household survey (the Current Population Survey). The data reported for a given month is generally from the calendar week that contains the 12th day of the month. The Welch index adjusts for the changing age distribution of the population by fixing the age distribution of adults to the distribution in the base year of 2004. Seasonal effects for the share of workers employed in part-time jobs are removed in a regression framework using monthly indicator variables.


Welch Consulting Employment Index Continues to Climb in November

The Welch Consulting Employment Index continued its advance to recent highs in November, moving from 101.9 to 102.1. This is a level not seen since March, 2008. The index for women climbed strongly this month, while the index for men held steady.

The Welch Index measures full-time equivalent employment after adjustment for population growth and the aging of the workforce. An Index value of 100.0 indicates that adjusted full-time equivalent employment is the same as its level in the base year of 2004.

Over the past 12 months the index has risen from 100.9 to 102.1. The increase in the Index over the past year means that full-time equivalent employment has been growing at a faster rate than the adult population.  Full-time equivalent employment increased 1.2% faster than the adult population over the past year (after making adjustments for the aging of the U.S. adult population). Looking back at the most recent 6 months, the index rose from 101.6 in May to 102.1 currently. The rate of change over the past year is on pace with the overall trend for the last 3 years of an increase of about 1.1% per year. The most recent six months show a trend on pace with the past year and the past three years.

In November the indices for women and men diverged. The index for women fell from 105.3 to 105.1. This is still up from 103.5 a year ago. The index for men rose from 99.3 to 99.6. The index for men is up 0.8 points from its year ago value of 98.8. Over the last three years the index for women is up 4.3 points while the index for men is up 2.6 points.

Technical Note: Full-time equivalent employment equals full-time employment plus one half of part-time employment from the BLS household survey (the Current Population Survey). The data reported for a given month is generally from the calendar week that contains the 12th day of the month. The Welch index adjusts for the changing age distribution of the population by fixing the age distribution of adults to the distribution in the base year of 2004. Seasonal effects for the share of workers employed in part-time jobs are removed in a regression framework using monthly indicator variables.