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What All Businesses Need to Know About OSHA’s Severe Violator List
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, is a federal agency created to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Falling under the Department of Labor, OSHA has been around since the 1970s. Although sometimes seen as demanding, OSHA’s purpose is to keep employees safe and healthy on the job. The Severe Violator Enforcement Program […]
The Pitfalls of Using Social Media to Recruit Candidates
Although it is becoming more common for employers to use social media to lure prospective employees, social media should not replace more traditional methos for recruiting candidates. Your HR department needs to be aware of potential pitfalls related to social media. The Pros of Recruitment Through Social Media Social media apps shouldn’t replace traditional recruitment […]
Employer Settles Lawsuit for Refusing Remote Work for COVID High-Risk Employees
The EEOC filed a lawsuit against a facility management company, ISS Facility Services, Inc., for allegedly refusing to allow disabled employees who were at high-risk for contracting COVID-19 to work remotely. This conduct was alleged to be a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The company agreed to settle the case for $47,500. […]
Does FMLA Leave Count Towards an Employee’s Accrued PTO?
The answer depends on an employer’s policies. The FMLA does not require employers to allow PTO to accrue while an employee is on FMLA leave. However, the federal law does require that any benefits the employee would have earned during the leave period must still be maintained. That means, if the employer has a policy […]
What is the “Speak Out Act” and What Happens if it Becomes Law?
The “Speak Out Act” pertains to nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) that relate specifically to sexual misconduct, harassment, or assault. This proposed federal legislation has just passed the House and the Senate and will likely be signed by President Biden. So, how does this law affect the workplace and what does it mean for human resources departments? […]