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COMPANY SUED FOR FORCING “ONIONHEAD” RELIGION ON EMPLOYEES

June 23, 2014

A health care network that forced employees to join prayer circles and engage in other religious activities in the workplace is being sued for religious discrimination by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). According to the EEOC's suit, United Health Programs of ...

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FAQ: FMLA - THE HOURS WORKED REQUIREMENT

June 20, 2014

Question: Our employee is requesting leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) but according to our records she has not met the 1,250 hours of service eligibility requirement. Some of her hours in the past 12 months were for vacation or sick leave---not hours worked.  Are hours ...

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PROPOSED RULE TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE FOR FEDERAL CONTRACTORS

June 18, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor has announced a proposed rule to establish standards and procedures for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on federal service and construction contracts. The proposed rule is in response to President Obama’s Executive Order 13658, which was ...

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ANNUAL HEAT ILLNESS PREVENTION CAMPAIGN BEGINS

June 16, 2014

OSHA announced May 22 the launch of its annual Campaign to Prevent Heat Illness in Outdoor Workers . For the fourth consecutive year, OSHA's campaign aims to raise awareness and educate workers and employers about the serious hazards of working in hot weather and provide resources and ...

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$800,000 HIPAA SETTLEMENT IN MEDICAL RECORDS DUMPING CASE

June 12, 2014

Cases involving violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule continue to pervade the news. In a just released settlement agreement, Parkview Health System, Inc. has agreed to pay $800,000 for dumping thousands of medical records in violation of the ...

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NEW INTERACTIVE TRAINING TOOL HIGHLIGHTS HAZARD IDENTIFICATION

June 9, 2014

OSHA has announced a new interactive webtool that will help small businesses identify and correct hazards in the workplace. The tool allows employers and workers to explore how to identify workplace hazards in the manufacturing and construction industries and address them with practical and ...

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MANDATORY PAYROLL CARDS TRIGGERS CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

May 27, 2014

Last year, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published a bulletin reminding employers that they cannot require their employees to receive wages on a payroll card. The bulletin also explains some of the federal consumer protections that apply to payroll cards, such as fee disclosure, ...

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NEW COBRA MODEL NOTICES RELEASED

May 23, 2014

The U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued two updated COBRA notices—the model General Notice and model Election Notice.  The DOL also published a related notice of proposed rulemaking on the COBRA notice requirements in the Federal Register (May 7, 2014). The revised notices ...

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EMPLOYERS SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE FIRING A SAFETY COMPLAINER

May 20, 2014

The Labor Department recently filed a lawsuit against an employer for allegedly firing a worker who filed a safety complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). According to the suit, the employee contacted OSHA on May 9, 2011, alleging safety and health hazards in ...

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BLS ANNOUNCES FINAL 2012 FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURY COUNTS

May 16, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently analyzed workplace fatalities and released a summary of its data to help employers understand the numbers and causes of fatal injuries in the workplace.  According to the BLS data, 4,628 people lost their lives on the job in 2012, up from the ...

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