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Fall Protection Leads OSHA’s Annual ‘Top 10’ List of Most Frequently Cited Violations…for 10th Year In A Row

2021-03-03T06:30:28-05:00March 3rd, 2021|General Industry News, Labor News, Safety Tips|

“Fall Protection – General Requirements” is OSHA’s most frequently cited standard for the 10th successive fiscal year, the agency announced Feb. 26 . Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OSHA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented preliminary data for OSHA’s Top [...]

DOL Clarifies One-Year Limitation on COVID-19 Deadline Extensions: New Notices May Be Required

2021-03-01T12:55:38-05:00March 1st, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

In EBSA Disaster Relief Notice 2021-01, the Department of Labor (DOL) has issued a critical interpretation of prior guidance that extended certain deadlines for employee benefit plans, participants, and beneficiaries due to COVID-19. In coordination with other agencies, the DOL [...]

NH Legislative Update: ‘Right to work’ Bill Advancing in New Hampshire Legislature

2021-02-17T10:28:58-05:00February 17th, 2021|Labor News, Legislative News, New Hampshire News|

A Republican-led proposal that would limit unions from collecting fees from private sector workers is on the move again in the New Hampshire Legislature. On Thursday, the state Senate narrowly approved Senate Bill 61, which would update the state's labor [...]

Wisconsin Lawmakers Approve Waiving Businesses’ Taxes On COVID-19 Aid

2021-02-17T10:25:09-05:00February 17th, 2021|COVID-19 Updates, Labor News, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs, WIsconsin News|

Thousands of businesses across Wisconsin wouldn't be taxed for coronavirus aid under a plan approved Tuesday by state lawmakers. Under the bill, Wisconsin businesses that received Paycheck Protection Program loans last year as part of federal coronavirus relief wouldn't have to pay [...]

Reminder OSHA Form 300a Must Be Posted by February 1

2021-01-28T11:42:44-05:00January 28th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News, Workers Compensation|

The OSHA Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (Form 300), Summary (Form 300A), and Instructions can be found in the Forms section of the HR Support Center by searching for OSHA Form 300. Click the link that says, “OSHA [...]

The Impact of COVID-19 on Paid Leave

2021-01-21T12:01:36-05:00January 21st, 2021|Benefits Administration, COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

Paid time off (PTO) is one of the employee benefits that employees value most. The pandemic, however, upset many employees’ PTO plans due to travel restrictions and the cancellation of trips and family gatherings. It has also raised numerous [...]

Department of Labor Clarifies Pay for Travel Time in Work-from-Home Era

2021-01-19T09:01:55-05:00January 18th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

The U.S. Department of Labor issued an opinion letter addressing whether the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) continuous workday doctrine requires employers to pay employees for commute time when they complete part of their workday from home. An opinion [...]

OSHA Increases Violation Penalties

2021-01-18T16:49:19-05:00January 18th, 2021|Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced adjustments to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) civil penalty amounts based on cost-of-living adjustments for 2021. In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act to [...]

U.S. Department of Labor Announces Final Rule to Clarify Independent Contractor Status Under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

2021-01-11T12:27:36-05:00January 11th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation, Labor News, Legislative News|

(VIA U.S. DOL) The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a final rule clarifying the standard for employee versus independent contractor status under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). “This rule brings long-needed clarity for American workers and employers,” [...]

OSHA Announces Deadline for 2020 Workplace Injury Data (Form 300A) Submission

2021-01-11T11:43:48-05:00January 8th, 2021|Benefits Administration, Employee Benefits, Labor News, Legislative News, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

OSHA is reminding employers to submit the 2020 Form 300A data electronically by March 2. The agency began collecting data for the calendar year on January 2. Establishments that have 250 or more employees and are required to keep [...]

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