OSHA Expands Who May Wind Up on Its ‘Severe Violator’ List

​The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced it is expanding the criteria for placement in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) list. The result will be more employers on the... Read more »

Cal/OSHA Hearing Reflects Disagreements Over Non-Emergency COVID-19 Standard

​On Sept. 15, the Cal/OSHA Standards Board held a public hearing on a proposed non-emergency COVID-19 two-year standard. The hearing and subsequent board discussion demonstrated that there remains a great deal of... Read more »

New York City Proposes Rules on Automated Employment Decision Tools

​On Sept. 23, the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) proposed additional rules relating to Local Law 144 of 2021, which will regulate the use of automated employment... Read more »

Disability Bias Claim Remains After Workers’ Compensation Decision

​Takeaway: A claim for discrimination based on a workplace injury or the filing of a workers’ compensation claim does not examine the same issues as a claim for disability bias under California’s... Read more »

Everything HR Needs to Know About Sabbaticals

Everything HR Needs to Know About Sabbaticals Employees taking sabbaticals? You heard me correctly—sabbaticals are becoming increasingly more common in the non-academic world, especially in the private sector. A 2018 study by... Read more »

North Carolina Case Sheds Light on Extended Benefits

​The North Carolina Full Commission, a quasi-judicial panel, recently issued a decision in Messick v. Walmart Stores, awarding the claimant extended benefits. Previously, the issue of extended benefits was not an issue... Read more »

California Provides Protections for Workers Who Use Marijuana Outside Work

​On Sept. 18, California Gov. Newsom signed a law that will prohibit employers from penalizing workers for using marijuana outside of work. The law, effective Jan. 1, 2024, prohibits discrimination in hiring,... Read more »

Honda Seeks Reimbursement from Employees of Overpaid Bonuses

A Honda factory in Ohio and a health system in Oregon recently faced the same dilemma, one that other employers have dealt with: how to handle overpayments to some of their employees.... Read more »

New York State to Follow CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Quarantines

​On Sept. 14, the New York State Department of Health updated its COVID-19 quarantine and isolation webpage to remove earlier written COVID-19 guidance and tables dated May 31. The webpage now states... Read more »

Dress Codes Evolve Following Pandemic

​As more employees return to worksites, some employers are rethinking their dress codes. That doesn’t mean giving up dress codes entirely, but handling violations can be tricky. “COVID changed the workplace and... Read more »
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