Newsletter 2, 2014

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. Do You Need an Employee Handbook? Employee handbooks are complicated to create and moderately expensive to buy if [...]

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Newsletter 1, 2014

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. When people think OSHA, they ordinarily think about manufacturing, construction, [...]

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Newsletter 4, 2013

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. In fact, the EEOC has [...]

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Newsletter 3, 2013

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 [...]

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Newsletter 2, 2013

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.  Of course, there are some exceptions, such as monitoring the genetic effects of exposure to toxic [...]

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Newsletter 1, 2013

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. OSHA and the FAA will come to terms on OSHA's enforcement procedures, with the [...]

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