Keeping Employees Safe on the Road: Best Practices to Enforce

This post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org.   Auto accidents are the number one cause of worktime fatalities according to the Network for Employers for Traffic Safety. Even in the car, employees are the responsibility of the employer. This includes such routine happenings as coffee runs and picking up petty cash …

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If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, but is not a duck where can it go to the bathroom?

Transgenderism and gender identity have been in the news a great deal lately. The EEOC’s position is that an individual is whatever they identify as being when it comes to gender. For most people that works when it comes to hair and clothing but what about going to the bathroom? Some people get very uncomfortable …

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Is a failure to call emergency personnel a “willful” safety violation?

If you were caught up to your neck in sand would you consider that an emergency situation? What about if you were just caught up to your waist? That was the situation at a company in Illinois. An employee was in a bin that had a funnel opening in the bottom for dispensing sand (into …

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Do your confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements violate Federal law?

Most companies try to protect proprietary information by having employees sign confidentiality and nondisclosure agreements. Unfortunately in the eyes of various regulatory agencies these agreements are considered to be too restrictive and violate various aspects of federal law. Violated provisions According to attorney Andrew Trimble of McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC, there are three …

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Ignoring OSHA regulations can be costly in many ways

In a previous position I was responsible for safety in a manufacturing plant. We were strict on safety, yet accidents happened. I always felt bad for the employee and for the employee’s family. Losing a finger, hurting a back, damaging a hand not only limit your ability to work but it also significantly changes what …

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A Report Card on my HR Predictions for 2014

This time last year I made the following predictions on what would happen in HR compliance in 2014.  After each prediction I make a comment on what actually occurred. Read it and tell me how you think I did. Midterm Elections The year 2014 is a midterm election year. It is a big one. There …

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Are you on the new OSHA list that expands reporting requirements?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final report that significantly expands the list of businesses that are covered by new reporting requirements, is your business on that list? New rule On September 11, 2014 OSHA issued a press release announcing an expanded list of types of businesses that must comply with …

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OSHA Complaints may now be investigated by the NLRB

Before we discuss the topic for today’s post let me provide you with some explanation about the two agencies named in the title, just in case not everyone is on the same page. OSHA stands for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Labor that is charged with overseeing …

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