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PRESCRIPTION DRUG USE IN THE WORKPLACE CLIMBS

November 11, 2013

While overall drug use among American workers has declined over the past 25 years, the use of certain prescription medications—including amphetamine and opiates—continues to climb, according to a landmark analysis of workplace drug tests by Quest Diagnostics. The drug test ...

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PROPOSED RULE TO CHANGE OSHA RECORDKEEPING REGULATIONS

November 7, 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a proposed rule to amend its current recordkeeping regulations. The new rule seeks to improve workplace safety through improved tracking of workplace injuries and illnesses. The announcement follows the Bureau of Labor ...

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NEW FORM W-9 RELEASED

November 5, 2013

The IRS has released a new Form W-9, Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification and its instructions.  Form W-9, which is used by a business to obtain the correct taxpayer identification number from a non-payroll worker, was revised to conform to the provisions of the ...

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PROPOSED RULES ON EMPLOYER HEALTH CARE REPORTING

October 18, 2013

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that certain employers report information regarding the health coverage they offer their full-time employees to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Known as Section 6056 reporting, employers with 50 or more full-time or full-time equivalent employees will ...

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OSHA RELEASES NEW FALL PREVENTION TRAINING GUIDE

October 16, 2013

A new OSHA Fall Prevention Training Guide with "tool box talks" is now available to educate workers on how to stay safe while working on roofs, scaffolding and ladders. According to OSHA, falls cause more deaths in construction than any other hazard. In 2011, falls accounted for over ...

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MISCLASSIFIED WORKERS WILL COST EMPLOYER $1.5 MILLION

October 14, 2013

In yet another case involving employees misclassified as independent contractors, an Ohio cable and telecommunications company must pay nearly $1.5 million for failing to pay overtime compensation to some 250 employees. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio held that the ...

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FLOWCHART EXPLAINS INDIVIDUAL REQUIREMENT TO BUY HEALTH COVERAGE

October 12, 2013

A new flowchart is now available that details which individuals must purchase health insurance or pay a penalty under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the simple flowchart illustrates how the “individual mandate” works. Employers may ...

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SPANISH VERSION OF FMLA POSTER & GUIDE RELEASED

October 11, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor has finally released a Spanish version of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster. The release of the Spanish poster on September 30, 2013, comes some seven months after the department released a revised English version of the poster last February. Poster ...

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FINAL RULE EXTENDS FLSA PROTECTIONS TO HOME CARE WORKERS

October 10, 2013

Last March, we reported on a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would extend minimum wage and overtime benefits to home care workers. On September 17, 2013, the DOL announced a final rule extending the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime ...

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SAFETY VIOLATIONS ISSUED AFTER WORKER DIES FROM EXCESSIVE HEAT

October 10, 2013

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited two companies for safety violations after a worker died from heat stress last June. BFI Waste Services of Texas LP, doing business as Republic Services Inc., and their temporary labor provider Recana Solutions LLC received ...

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