OSHA Launches New Heat Hazard National Emphasis Program to Protect Workers from Inside and Outside Heat

2022-05-10T23:51:40-04:00May 9th, 2022|Labor News, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a National Emphasis Program to protect millions of workers from heat illness and injuries. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections before workers suffer completely preventable injuries, [...]

Labor Alert: Department of Homeland Security Ending Temporary Policy for Form I-9 Identity Documents

2022-04-20T07:14:45-04:00April 20th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Human Resources, Labor News|

Beginning May 1, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is ending its temporary Form I-9 policy that allows employers to accept List B documents that expired on or after March 1, 2020. DHS adopted the temporary policy in [...]

Connecticut Department of Labor Issues Final Proposed Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations

2022-04-20T13:17:54-04:00April 19th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Connecticut News, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News|

For months, employers have been eagerly awaiting updated regulations that address the revisions to the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act. At last, on March 22, 2022, the Connecticut Department of Labor released its final proposed amended FMLA regulations, answering questions [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rule to Amend Occupational injury, Illness Recordkeeping

2022-03-30T11:05:49-04:00March 29th, 2022|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Compliance, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips|

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing amendments to its occupational injury and illness recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR 1904.41. The current regulation requires certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness information – that [...]

EEOC Updates Guidance on Religious Accommodations for COVID-19 Vaccines

2022-03-08T10:42:59-05:00March 8th, 2022|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently answered more questions from employers on how to handle religious objections to COVID-19 vaccinations and requests for accommodation. Here's what employers need to know. New Questions Answered The updated guidance answers the following questions [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Apprenticeship Building America Program, $113M In Available Funds To Strengthen, Modernize Registered Apprenticeships

2022-02-28T18:53:37-05:00February 25th, 2022|Labor News, Legislative News|

Up to $50M designated for equity partnerships, pre-apprenticeship activities The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a grant program to strengthen, modernize, expand and diversify its Registered Apprenticeship Program to enable more workers to earn while they learn and find [...]

US Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rule to Update Powered Industrial Trucks Standard for General Industry, Construction

2022-02-16T12:14:27-05:00February 16th, 2022|General Industry News, Labor News, Legislative News|

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to improve worker safety and health by ensuring the agency’s general industry and construction industry rules reflect current industry practice [...]

Legislative Update: Supreme Court Blocks OSHA Vaccine or Test Mandate

2022-01-17T11:31:00-05:00January 13th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The Supreme Court on Thursday, January 13, 2022 issued mixed rulings in a pair of cases challenging Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandates, allowing the requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking enforcement of a [...]

Still No Ruling From Supreme Court as Federal Vaccine / Testing Mandates Take Effect

2022-01-11T16:19:47-05:00January 11th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News|

On January 10, 2022, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on COVID-19 for employers with 100 or more employees takes effect. Although many had anticipated that the U.S. Supreme Court might rule on [...]

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Winter Action Plan to Battle COVID-19

2022-01-05T12:24:15-05:00January 4th, 2022|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News|

On December 2, 2021, the Biden administration issued a nine-pronged plan to combat COVID-19 as the winter months arrive and the new Omicron variant poses risk of new infections. The plan covers: Boosters for adults Vaccinations to protect children [...]