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Unemployed Status - The New Protected Class

April 27, 2012

While employment rates show a general trend toward improvement, employers still find themselves inundated with candidates for open positions. So much so that some employers have taken to disqualifying potential applicants by advertising that “the unemployed” need not apply. ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: protected class, unemployment Read More

Respiratory Protection for Undercoating Operations

April 27, 2012

If your business offers, or is considering offering undercoating and rustproofing services, then it is important to remember that the chemicals involved in the process generally require the use of a respirator- or even a full supplied air system. Information about safe prod...

Posted in: EPA, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: MSDS, respiratory protection, undercoating and rustproofing Read More

NLBR Postpones Posting Requirement for Employee Rights Notice

April 25, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

As of April 17th, 2012, the deadline for employers to post the Employee Rights Notice has been postponed due to legal action. The April 30 deadline is now on hold pending appeal by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in response to a ruling by the Court of Appeals for t...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: employee labor law, Employee Rights Notice, labor relations board, national labor relations board Read More

OSHA Reminds Employers to Post Injury/Illness Summaries

April 17, 2012

Employers who are required to keep the OSHA Form 300 Injury and Illness log must post OSHA's Form 300A from Feb. 1 to April 30, 2012 in a common area wherever notices to workers are usually posted. The summary must list the total numbers of job-related injuries and illne...

Posted in: OSHA, Prevention Plans Tags: 2012, 300 logs, I2P2, injury/illness summaries Read More

California Employers Don't Have to Require Lunch Breaks

April 16, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

The California Supreme Court has ruled that employers only have to provide meal periods to workers, they do not have to make sure that employees actually take them. This decision is part of an active class-action lawsuit against Brinkers International Inc, which owns Chil...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates, Uncategorized Tags: breaks and lunches, california, Wage and Hour Read More

How to Handle an OSHA Inspection

April 13, 2012

OSHA inspections are on the rise. This video by KPA's Janet Wimmer covers how to be prepared for an inspection if OSHA shows up on your door today. It includes an overview about the inspection process, which documents you'll be required to produce, questions you should ask th...

Posted in: OSHA Tags: handle an OSHA inspection, How to Read More

What You Need to Know About EPA's NESHAP 6C

April 13, 2012

NESHAP 6C applies to all gasoline dispensing facilities in the US and businesses that own and operate gasoline dispensing equipment. Its goal is to reduce air pollutants that escape during storage tank loading. This is a federal rule that applies in addition to state and loca...

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New Study Shows that Wellness Programs Improve Worker Attendance

April 10, 2012

A new study of a Dutch company's workplace health promotion program suggests that such initiatives can help reduce worker absenteeism by up to 20 percent. According to the study, improvements in worker attendance can be significant in as little time as one year. Researchers ...

Posted in: Employee Relations, Safety Culture Tags: how to improve worker attendance, wellness programs, worker health Read More

Put Your Summer Internship Program to the Test

April 10, 2012

Recently, several high-profile lawsuits have been filed by former interns, seeking to recover unpaid wages and overtime for their efforts to gain valuable resume-building experience. What can employers do to avoid these disputes and ensure they are compliant with the law? I...

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Changes at OSHA Mean Inspections on Rise, With New Hot Items

April 06, 2012

It’s no secret that OSHA has aggressively pursued enforcement under President Obama’s Administration. With the closure of fiscal year 2011, OSHA published its semi-annual regulatory agenda, which shows the following trends regarding OSHA’s enforcement initiatives: The av...

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