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OSHA Top 10 Violation: Electrical Safety Explained

December 21, 2011

The use of electricity has become so common that many people ignore or overlook the dangers it presents. Accidents caused by electricity are largely due to poor maintenance of electrical cords and equipment, improper use of electrical equipment, and unsafe working conditi...

Posted in: OSHA, Safety Culture Tags: most cited violations, OSHA Read More

San Francisco Minimum Wage Tops $10 per Hour and Eight States Increase Minimum Wage for 2012

December 21, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

California regarded as an "employee friendly" state with one of the highest minimum wages in the country at $8.00 per hour. The City of San Francisco however has an even higher minimum wage that the state minimum wage and beginning in January 2012 will have the highest min...

Posted in: DOL, Human Resources Management Tags: 2012 minimum wage, minimum wage increases, state minimum wage Read More

West Virginia Auto Dealership Learns Expensive Lesson in ADA Compliance and Meaning of Reasonable Accomodations

December 20, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

A West Virginia auto dealership learned a very expensive, $56,000 plus legal fees, lesson in ADA compliance this month. The dealership settled a federal disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on December 16, 2011....

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: ada compliance, Americans With Disablities Act, auto dealership, disability discrimination, employment opportunity commission, reasonable accommodations Read More

Tips to Keep Your SPCC Plan Legal

December 16, 2011 by Zach Pucillo

By now, most dealerships who qualify for SPCC plans have completed them, but how many of us are following up with the compliance of the SPCC regulations after the plan is in place? Has your plan been signed by a dealership plan manager? Are the secondary containment descri...

Posted in: OSHA, Prevention Plans Tags: 5 year SPCC review, dealership, SPCC, SPCC Plan, Tank Integrity Read More

Pros and Cons of Using Credit Reports for Hiring Decisions

December 08, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Background checking (including a drug test) is an important step in the hiring process. Background checking is more about the knowledge you gain to make the right hiring decision rather than "exclusion" based on the results. Employers need to be aware of the legal restriction...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: credit report, credit reports, hiring process Read More

A Different Kind of “New Car Smell”

December 08, 2011 by Tamara Lischer

A New Baltimore, Michigan woman is suing the car dealership she purchased her 2006 Ford Expedition from for the “human corpse smell” the car started emitting. She purchased the car from a Ford dealership in March 2010 when the temperature in Michigan was still cold. The rott...

Posted in: Human Resources Management Tags: employment litigation, Failure to disclose, implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing Read More

December Compliance Tip of the Month: SPCC? ASAP!

December 08, 2011

The deadline for completing a Spill Prevention , Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) plan for your facility has been extended six times since 2002, but the latest deadline on November 10, 2011 has passed without an extension. The New SPCC regulations are now law. The SPCC re...

Posted in: Tip of the Month Tags: SPCC, SPCC deadline, SPCC dealerships, SPCC Plan Read More

Getting Ahead of New HR Regulations in 2012- Plan, Prepare and Protect

December 07, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The federal  Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it will significantly change the approach on how it regulates employers' compliance with certain federal laws. In 2012 the DOL will issue regulations requiring employers to take affirmative steps to ensure compl...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates, Human Resources Management Tags: 2012 HR Regulations, california employers, federal wage and hour, hr regulations, regulatory compliance Read More

Holiday Party Safety Primer

December 06, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Holiday parties are a long standing tradition in the workplace. The challenge is to balance the making merry with the keeping safe. Use these tips to keep employees safe, limit company liability and make sure everyone has a good time. Avoid any religious ties to holiday...

Posted in: Employee Relations, Human Resources Management Tags: company holiday party, company liability, holiday party, safety at holiday parties Read More

New Tire Charts from OSHA

December 05, 2011

There has been a lot of buzz lately over tires. It seems like even touching them is regulated by some federal agency or another. Additionally, I've read a few lawsuits, where questions of dealership liability in accidents have been raised, and that doesn't begin to touch the ...

Posted in: DOL, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Handilng and storing tires, OSHA, OSHA tire standards, Revised OSHA tire charts, servicing multi-piece rims, servicing single-piece rims, tire charts Read More