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A Few Employee Handbook Essentials

Writing a complete employee handbook is far beyond the purposes of this newsletter. Instead, February’s installment is designed to address some of the most common issues that occur with do-it-yourself employee manuals.

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Working in A Winter Wonderland

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is responsible for enforcing regulations pertaining to workplace safety. In general terms, employers have to maintain a safe workplace for employees. Naturally, there’s more to it than that, but that’s the basic principle.

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EEOC’s Failed Attempts to Bar Background Checks

Although the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not have the authority to tell employers they may not perform criminal background checks on applicants, the EEOC does have the authority to assert that background checks have an illegal discriminatory impact on hiring practices.

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Advanced Topics in HR Management: When to Enter Into the ADA Interactive Process

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Although the ADA has broad requirements, this article focuses solely on when an employer should enter into “the interactive process” to make an accommodation determination.

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EEOC’s First GINA Suit

The Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act of 2008 prohibits employers from using genetic information in employment decisions. Employers are further prohibited from requesting, requiring, or purchasing the genetic information of an employee or of a member of an employee’s family.

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New Safety Standards for Airplane Cabin Crewmembers

The Federal Aviation Administration Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 required the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to permit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to apply various safety standards to aircraft cabin crewmembers.

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