OSHA 300A Summary Must Be Posted by Feb. 2

Employers each year must post their OSHA Form 300A Summary each year by Feb. 2 and keep it posted in a conspicuous location through April 30. The Summary lists the numerical results of the much more detailed Form 300 Log of workplace injuries and illnesses. The Personnel Concepts Space Saver-2 OSHA Safety Poster includes a […]

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HHS Grants 500 More Health Care Reform Waivers

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has granted Affordable Care Act (ACA) waivers to 500 more entities, most of which are offering so-called mini-med plans with limited health care coverage, to tide them over until the state-run health insurance exchanges kick in starting in 2014. The 500 new waivers are in addition to […]

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OSHA Withdraws MSD Reporting Standard from OMB Review

Perhaps bowing to pressure from President Obama and his initiative to review all federal regulations to see if they're business friendly or not, OSHA has withdrawn from review by the OMB its proposal to require musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) reporting on the yearly Log 300 injury and illness report. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) […]

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Supreme Court Extends Reach of Retaliation Protection Under Title VII

In Thompson v. North American Stainless, decided yesterday (Jan. 24, 2011), the U.S. Supreme Court extended Civil Rights Act Title VII protection against retaliation to the fiancé of someone who had filed an EEOC complaint against the same company. Eric Thompson, who worked at North American, was fired after his fiancée lodged a complaint with the Equal […]

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Tyson Foods Partners with ICE and Joins IMAGE Program

Tyson Foods has become the first major American business to partner with Immigration and Customs (ICE) officials in a program named IMAGE–ICE Mutual Agreement Between Government and Employers. The first step in joining IMAGE is allowing ICE to conduct a full I-9 audit. The I-9 is a form that must be filled out and retained […]

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EEOC Discrimination Caseload Reaches Record, But Backlog Falls

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that private sector workplace discrimination charge filings with the federal agency nationwide hit an unprecedented level of 99,922 during fiscal year (FY) 2010, which ended Sept. 30, 2010. Despite the increase in overall charges filed with the EEOC last fiscal year, the Commission dramatically slowed the growth […]

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NLRB Mulls Suing Four States Over Secret Ballot Measures

Under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) and subsequent amendments and revamps such as the Taft-Hartley Law, union organizers collect signatures on cards from workers at a company, which they can then submit to the owner to certify the union or send  to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRF) to certify them for a union […]

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USERRA Protection Extended Along With Increased Vet Benefits

Congress rode to the aid of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans with an increased package of benefits at the close of 2010’s lame duck session. The benefits will facilitate educational pursuits for the veterans, among other initiatives. At the same time, Congress by voice vote passed a resolution to extend USERRA benefits to people working […]

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Final GINA Regulations Take Effect Today, Jan. 10, 2011

Released on Nov. 9, 2010, final regulations for the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) take effect today, Jan. 10, 2011, after a 60-day implementation period. GINA prohibits employers from–in most cases–obtaining genetic information about any employee or family member of the employee, but it does provide certain safe harbor protections if the information is obtained […]

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OSHA Sets Revamped Injury and Illness Program as Top Priority

OSHA chief David Michaels, during a Web chat earlier this week, stressed that creating new standards for workplace injury and illness programs was his agency’s highest regulatory priority. The revamped injury and illness program, yet to be formalized, is being dubbed "I2P2." “This is a very important project and it is important that the agency […]

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