Top 10 Laws, Regulations and Trends for 2018

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In this article, we focus on the top 10 laws, regulations and trends going into 2018 that employers need to be aware of. New Parent Leave Act Effective Jan. 1, 2018, employers in California with 20 or more workers will be required to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to bond with a new child. This builds on a 20-year-old law that required only employers with 50 or more staff to provide employees with time off for child bonding. Like the current law, the New Parent Leave Act applies to newborns or a child placed with…
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New Slip, Trip, Fall Prevention Rules for General Industry – copy

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Federal OSHA implemented a new rule on Jan. 17 that is aimed at reducing slip, trip and fall hazards in the workplace. The revisions are aimed at tackling one of the main causes of worker deaths and injuries in American workplaces by applying rules designed for the construction and manufacturing sectors to other general industries. They add requirements for personal fall protection systems and eliminate existing mandates to use guardrails as a primary fall protection method. They also allow employers to choose from accepted fall protection systems which type they want to use. The new standard will prevent some 30…
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What Does President Trump’s Executive Order on ACA Mean?

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Donald Trump’s first act after assuming the presidency was to sign an executive order that authorizes federal agencies to scale back as many parts of the Affordable Care Act as possible within the confines of the law. The executive order does not abolish the landmark legislation, but sets the stage for agencies to act immediately on regulations that are deemed overly burdensome. The agencies, particularly the Department of Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), will have wide latitude in making regulatory changes thanks to the broad scope of the order. But don’t expect immediate changes in…
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OSHA Sets Limits on Drug Testing Injured Workers

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Employers are not allowed to have a blanket policy of requiring drug and alcohol tests after a workplace injury as it may discourage injury reporting, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has said in an interpretation letter. It issued the letter in response to a company’s blanket policy after some intoxicated workers had been injured on the job, and it comes as a new OSHA regulation on post-injury testing is slated to take effect at the start of 2017. These recent actions should spur any employer with a policy of testing its workers post-accident to revisit its rules so…
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FMLA, FLSA Lawsuits Surge, Exposing Employers to Large Awards

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The number of employee lawsuits against employers for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and wage and hour violations has skyrocketed in the last five years and your firm could be the next target even for a small misstep, which can be costly. The Department of Labor has increased its budget and the number of investigators pursuing employers who violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which covers wage and hour complaints, including exempt and non-exempt employee violations, overtime violations and similar issues. Employment law attorneys say that the surge in FMLA complaints is a result of more people knowing about…
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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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Top 10 Laws and Regulations Affecting Business in 2016 (Part 1)

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AS WITH every New Year, businesses are faced with a slew of new laws and regulations. We’ve condensed them into a list of the top 10 most likely to affect your operations. 1. New teeth to gender equal pay laws A new state law adds teeth to the laws on gender pay equality. Before SB 358, employees seeking to prove pay discrimination had to demonstrate that they are not paid at the same rate as someone of the opposite sex at the same establishment for “equal work.” Under the new law, the requirement of “same establishment” has been deleted, and…
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ACA Auto-enroll Requirement Repealed

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The Affordable Care Act requirement that large employers automatically enroll in a group health plan any employees that don’t respond when asked to choose a plan, has been repealed The change came after the employer community had lobbied to have the provision repealed because of the lack of clarity in the law, particularly about how much discretion employers would have in choosing a plan for those workers. Originally the ACA amended the Fair Labor Standards Act by adding a new section requiring employers with more than 200 full-time employees to automatically enroll new full-time employees in the employer’s health benefits…
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