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Congressional Hearings on OSHA and Job Creation

February 17, 2011

Hearings began on February fifteenth with a testimonial from Secretary Soils on the Labor Department's policies and priorities. They continued yesterday with several witnesses from small business leaders and input from committee members including committee chair Rep. John Kli...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, OSHA Tags: Department of Labor Read More

OSHA Training Video: Respiratory Protection

February 15, 2011

This 2011 video is an overview of the comprehensive respiratory protection program required of employers wherever respirators are used. It is smoothly presented, with some creative eye-catching visuals (by government standards). About a third of the hour long video is specif...

Posted in: Environment: Industry Updates, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates, Training: Industry Updates Tags: OSHA, PPE, Respiratory Read More

Cupid's Arrow May Find You At Work

February 14, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Long hours at work and increased socialization as a workplace expectation may have lead to an increase in romance in the workplace reports several recent studies. The flip side is that while employee may be finding love at work they are also concerned about the impact to the...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: employment discrimination, HR best practice, HR compliance, romantic relationship, workplace relationships Read More

HR, Heart or Head?

February 11, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Is HR a job of the heart or of the mind? It's an interesting conundrum that many of us in HR got into it because we wanted to create dynamic and diverse workplaces filled with engaged employees and ended up being the "enforcer" or the "paper pusher". It is possible to do both...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: employee morale, equal employment opportunity, HR best practice, hr professionals, leading with your heart, recruiting Read More

Successful Dealer Discusses "Hiring Right"

February 09, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Hiring the right employee is critical to your businesses success. Unfortunately many companies treat recruiting and hiring as a necessary evil, not a key business function, and do not invest the time and effort to hire right. Successful Dealer just published a great article...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: employment practices, Hiring Right, HR best practice, HR compliance, new car dealer, recruiting Read More

KPA Covers Electronic Devices In EHS Regulatory Audits

February 08, 2011

As part of a facility inspection report, KPA engineers always check for functionality and safety of standard electronic devices, and they are very instrumental in helping dealerships keep work environments clear of shock hazards to employees. This is very helpful because elec...

Posted in: KPA, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: DOT compliance, Inspections, OSHA Read More

To Pay or Not To Pay for Snow Days

February 07, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Punxsutawney Phil, the famous groundhog weather forecaster has predicted that winter will be short and pleasant and springtime is only six weeks away. Hard to believe when much of the nation is blanketed with snow, freezing rain and bitter cold. Whether or not Phil is right ...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: HR best practice, HR compliance, inclement weather, snow day Read More

Always Confirm Employment Eligibility With E-Verify

February 03, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  is cracking down on employers who hire illegal aliens Make sure that you complete an I-9 form within three days of hire and take the extra step of confirming eligibility to work in the United States but using E- Verify. Not all empl...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates, Tip of the Month Tags: compliance tip of the month, Department of Labor, Enforcement, HR best practice, HR compliance, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Read More