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OSHA Violation Investigations – Fact-Specific Inquiry

OSHA Violation Investigations – Fact-Specific Inquiry

Discipline, Drug & Alcohol Testing, and Incentives

In our recent post on Clearing Up OSHA’s Reporting and Retaliation Rule Updates, we examined OSHA’s strengthened standard (Standard Number 1904.35) for requiring reasonable reporting procedures for occupational injuries and illnesses and prohibiting retaliation against employees who report them. In addition to understanding the intent and interpretation of this standard, it’s important for employers to know what kinds of facts OSHA considers when determining whether a violation has occurred.

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Clearing Up OSHA’s Reporting and Retaliation Rule Updates

Clearing Up OSHA’s Reporting and Retaliation Rule Updates

Two new, and soon-to-be-in-effect OSHA provisions focused on the recording and reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses, have caused confusion for a number of employers. Published as part of OSHA’s May 2016 final rule update, these two provisions 1) make explicit the longstanding requirement for employers to have a reasonable procedure for employees to report work-related injuries and illnesses, and 2) incorporate explicitly the existing prohibition on retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

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Preparing for 2017: Minimum Wage

Preparing for 2017: Minimum Wage

The federal minimum wage has not been increased since 2009, when it was increased to $7.25 as part of the enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. In the recent elections of November 2016, voters in a number of states approved measures to raise their state's minimum wage. Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington will see a rise in minimum wage starting in 2017.

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What is the Form I-9?

What is the Form I-9?

In this recurring DHR blog feature, Christine La fore (Associate General Counsel for DHR) brings clarity and definition to sometimes confusing terms that hold importance for employers and their HR policies. Christine has reviewed and analyzed countless legal documents and rulings and uses her expertise to help employers properly understand these items to apply policy and promote compliance.

In 1986 in an effort to control illegal immigration, Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA forbids employers from knowingly hiring individuals who are not authorized to work in the United States. To comply with the employment eligibility requirements, employers are required to verify the identity and employment authorization documents and complete and retain a Form I-9 for each employee hired after November 6, 1986. The Form I-9 is published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services.

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Happy Holiday and Warm Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season from DHR

Happy Holiday and Warm Wishes for a Wonderful Holiday Season from DHR

Please note DHR will be closed the following dates listed below:

Closed: Monday, December 26, 2016 and open on Tuesday, December 27th normal hours
Closed: Monday, January 2, 2017 and open on Tuesday, January 3rd, normal hours

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