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Red Flags Enforcement -False Start (Yet Again)

May 28, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Will the FTC ever enforce the Red Flags rule? A better question is why have a rule if there is no enforcement? In the ongoing saga of will they-won't they-  enforce the rule the answer is not today, not tomorrow and not until January 1, 2011 (maybe). On May 28, 2010, the Fe...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: federal trade commission, ftc, identity theft, Red flags Read More

Free OSHA Quicktakes

May 27, 2010 by Glorianna Cooley

I'm in a week long training class and hope to bring you some beneficial information from it - it's the OSHA 30 HR Construction Safety. Even though it's construction, there are several things that I'm taking away from it that relate to the dealerships I work with. One thing ...

Posted in: OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: OSHA Read More

OSHA cites auto parts maker fot $135,900

May 27, 2010

OSHA has cited auto parts maker  Sewon America Inc. in LaGrange, Ga., for a variety of safety violations after receiving a complaint. OSHA initiated a comprehensive inspection of the company's facility in March. Penalties total $135,900. Read more detail in an article post...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA Tags: most cited violations, OSHA, personal protective equipment, Safety: Industry Updates, workplace injuries Read More

FTC To Begin Red Flags Rule Enforcement June 1, 2010

May 19, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

No more extensions-the FTC will begin enforcement of the Red Flags Rule on June 1, 2010. Since the rule was to go into effect November 2008, and then the FTC delayed  enforcement in May 2009, November 2009 and June 2010, everyone should have a plan in place already; but for  ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: Enforcement, Red flags Read More

Paid Time Off, Benefit or Requirement?

May 18, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

With summer vacations coming up  a common question for employers and employees is "how is paid time off calcuated and when is it due?". While many employers offer at least some paid time off to employees,  the answer to this question may surprise you. Employers are not requir...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, family medical leave, HR best practice, HR compliance, rest periods Read More

Missing face plates on electrical outlets: $52,500 fine

May 13, 2010

Okay. It's not exactly that. OSHA proposed the $52,500 penalties for four violations : a repeat violation is for failing to provide functioning safety latches on the hydraulic automobile lifts, a serious citation is for missing face plates on electrical outlets, and two othe...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA Tags: DOT compliance, general duty clause, hazard communication, hazmat compliance, Investigation, most cited violations, OSHA Read More

Hire with the HIRE Act

May 01, 2010

Save money when hiring with the HIRE ACT and other tax credits. If you hire a new employee who has worked less than 40 hours in the past 60 days you, the employer, will immediately improve your cash flow since you will retain the employer portion of the Social Security tax o...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates, Tip of the Month Tags: compliance tip of the month, Department of Labor Read More