OSHA to Issue Guidance on Acceptable Workplace Safety Incentive Programs

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Fed-OSHA has promised that it will soon publish guidance on what type of employee incentive programs discourage workers from reporting workplace injuries and illness. The announcement comes after the workplace safety agency has clamped down on the use of programs that include incentives that can reduce the chances of workers reporting injuries so that they can receive rewards instead. OSHA has been warning about the use of such programs since March 2012, but has issued no guidance to help employers. At the same time, it has increasingly been citing employers for using programs it considers problematic. The problem for employers…
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OSHA’s Electronic Reporting Rules Contain Hidden Requirements

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By now you should be aware of Federal OSHA’s new rules on the electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses that will take effect next year. But, while the new rules focus mainly on employers with 250 or more workers submitting Form 300A electronically starting in 2017, the new regulation actually contains a number of other rules that employers need to know about – in regard to additional notification and anti-discrimination implications for organizations. One of those rules concerns “retaliatory adverse actions by employers.” The rule unsettled some employers groups, which have challenged it in court. As a result of…
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Top 10 Laws, Regulations Affecting You in 2016 (Part 2)

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This is part 2 of our blog on new laws and regulations that can affect your business in 2016. Family leave expanded a little A school activities law has expanded the right of employees to take protected time off from work when searching for a school or childcare provider. The law, which applies to employers with 25 or more employees, requires employers to allow an employee to use eight hours in a calendar month, with a total of 40 hours in a calendar year, to find a school or a licensed childcare provider and to enroll or re-enroll a child,…
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