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New FLSA Child Labor Regulations Effective July 2010

June 30, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

If you employee anyone under the age of 18 you should be aware of changes to the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act) effective July 19, 2010. FLSA child-labor regulations strictly enforce the employment terms of minors. In general, employment of minors who are 16 or older is...

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More benefits, less cost- consider childcare and dependent care programs

June 29, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Ever had to take a sick day not because you were sick but because a child or other dependent was? Or how about when your childcare provider is sick, where does that leave you- and even if your children or other dependents can be left alone for a few hours so you went into wor...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: benefit, employee morale, healthcare, HR best practice Read More

OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program Now in Effect!

June 24, 2010

"The New OSHA" as described by many department heads is showing its colors and making good on its promises. The recently enacted Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) is  now in effect and being enforced. What exactly does this mean to you? In the words of David Michael...

Posted in: Citations, DOL, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, hazard communication, OSHA, personal protective equipment, Severe Violator Program, workplace injuries Read More

FMLA Update- New Definitions for Sons and Daughters

June 24, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

When deciding if FMLA is the appropriate leave employers should consider the new interpretation of " son " or "daughter" issued by the Department of Labor under the the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) ). The Administrator's interpretation gives employees, who care for a c...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, FMLA. Family Medical Leave Act, HR compliance Read More

Employer Alert- New Rules on Background Checking

June 21, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Oregon employers need to review and update their policy on background checks  involving credits checks before July 1st, 2010. A new law makes it an unlawful employment practice, except in very limited circumstances, for an Oregon employer to use credit history in making hir...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: background checks, credit history, credit reports, employment discrimination, fair credit reporting act, HR compliance Read More

OSHA Administrator Announces Priorities: I2P2 and Electronic Reporting

June 21, 2010

I just got back from ASSE 2010 where OSHA Administrator David Michaels Outlined some of the upcoming goals and priorities for OSHA. He made it clear that OSHA is looking to reinvent itself in some ways to become a stronger and more relevant agency with more personnel in enfor...

Posted in: OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: I2P2, Injury and Illness Prevention, OSHA, Recordkeeping Read More

Think Before You Text or Email At Work Or In A Word- DON'T!

June 18, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Are you using your company provided pager, phone or mobile device to send or receive personal messages? Try not to; it is not a career building practice and if you insist on doing it with company provided equipment be aware that anything (that's right anything) can be audited...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: communication devices, fourth amendment rights, HR best practice, personal activity, personal messages, privacy rights Read More

Summer Office Party Primer

June 17, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

A summer party can be nice benefit for employees if done right. Too often however, the party meant to be a morale booster and "thank you for a job well done" ends up creating tension and stress for all concerned, which is never a benefit. Here are are some HR best practices ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: company party, employee benefits, employee morale, having a party, HR best practice, office party Read More

Dress Code 101

June 16, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

As the summer heats up, it's time to make sure your dress code covers appropriate summer attire. Don't spend the summer as I did many years ago, as a new HR manager, acting as the "shorts police"  Make sure your employees know what is and is not appropriate attire for the off...

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Summer fun (or not) for HR managers

June 15, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Ah summer, warm weather and a more relaxed attitude equal  fun times- but not  for the HR department...between more casual dress codes and summer events HR managers have their hands full during the summer months. Setting and monitoring dress codes is one of those tasks that ...

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