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OSHA has updated its hazard communication standard to harmonize it with international standards. Companies that manufacture, transport or have chemicals in the workplace must begin complying with the new standard by June 26.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) monitors and enforces federal contractors’ compliance with the nation’s employment laws. Think of it as a parallel EEOC, but focused only on federal contractors. In many ways, it’s the most powerful government agency you’ve never heard of.
It's important for employers to know what factors the IRS uses in determining whether an individual is truly an independent contractor versus an employee, and whether independent contractors fall under the protection of federal and state employment laws.
Q. We recently extended an employment offer to someone who was later determined to be unable to perform the job’s essential functions due to a visual impairment. As a result, we wasted a significant amount of time. Aren’t workers obligated under the ADA to disclose that they suffer from a disability?
With employment litigation rising steadily, the employee handbook has become an essential tool in the employer’s arsenal to defend against liability for employment decisions. A good handbook tells employees what the rules are and how they will be enforced ...
It's retaliatory to take an adverse employment action against employees because they've filed discrimination complaints, although such employees are not completely shielded. Here are six not-so-clear-cut situations to test your retaliation knowledge:
Q. We have a handful of employees who clock in early, (i.e., 5:00 p.m.) but don’t actually start working until their scheduled time (6:00 p.m.). Do we have to pay them when they do this?
OSHA has ordered AirTran, a subsidiary of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines, to pay $1 million in damages after it found the airline retaliated against a pilot who reported safety problems.
Q. We want to hire someone who signed a noncompete agreement with his current employer. He asked us to indemnify him in the event his employer sues him. What are the legal risks associated with agreeing to indemnify him?
Employers that leak information related to employee lawsuits can wind up doing more harm than good if the publicity prompts a jury to jack up awarded damages.