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SAFETY PRACTICES FOR TEMPORARY WORKERS

September 22, 2014

OSHA and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently released "Recommended Practices" for staffing agencies and host employers to better protect temporary workers from hazards on the job. The Recommended Practices publication highlights the joint ...

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BLS ANNOUNCES 2013 PRELIMINARY FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURY COUNTS

September 18, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has released the preliminary results of its National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to the BLS data, the number of fatal work injuries in 2013 was lower than the revised count of 4,628 fatal work injuries in 2012. However, the BLS found that ...

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OSHA RULE EXPANDS REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

September 17, 2014

On September 11, 2014, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule that expands an employer’s duties to report workplace injuries to the agency and updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record keeping requirements.  The new rule ...

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CALIFORNIA ENACTS PAID SICK LEAVE LAW

September 15, 2014

On September 10, 2014, Governor Brown signed into law the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 ( AB 1522 ), requiring mandatory paid sick leave for employees beginning in 2015. The Act applies to public and private employers of any size, and will allow employees paid time off to care ...

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USCIS CHANGES IMMIGRATION STAMPS TO BLUE INK

September 10, 2014

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently switched the color of ink it uses to stamp certain immigration documents that could be used for Form I-9 purposes from red to blue ink.  The older secure red ink will be retired and no longer used by USCIS, effective as July 1, ...

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SAN FRANCISCO ORDINANCE LIMITS USE OF BACKGROUND CHECKS

August 25, 2014

A new city ordinance imposes strict rules on San Francisco employers regarding criminal background checks. The Fair Chance Ordinance , effective August 13, 2014, requires employers to review an application’s qualifications before inquiring about that person's arrest and conviction ...

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NEW RULE TO ENSURE BIRTH CONTROL COVERAGE

August 25, 2014

President Obama’s administration issued new rules on August 22, 2014 that will allow religious nonprofits and some for-profit businesses to opt out of paying for birth control for female employees, while still guaranteeing those employees have access to contraceptive coverage. The new rules, ...

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LINKEDIN PAYS $6M IN UNPAID OVERTIME WAGES AND DAMAGES

August 22, 2014

LinkedIn Corporation has paid nearly $6 million in unpaid wages and damages to settle overtime wage violations involving 359 former and current employees. LinkedIn is an online directory of individuals and companies that is used mainly for professional networking. According to LinkedIn’s ...

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PROPOSED RULE TO COLLECT PAY DATA FROM FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

August 19, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced on August 6, 2014, a proposed rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual Equal Pay Report on employee compensation to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP).   Under the terms of the ...

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EARTHQUAKE EMERGENCY RESPONSE WEB PAGE

August 15, 2014

OSHA has launched a new emergency preparedness and response Web page to protect workers from earthquake hazards. Worksites in all 50 states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia are at risk for earthquakes that can cause injury, death and extensive damage to buildings and other ...

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