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HR Regulatory Analysis
We are continually updating our state and national regulatory analysis to help you keep up with the changing regulations. See the updated section on the What's New page, below, to find all of the updated topics.
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  • HR Audio Presentations:
    According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention audio presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • Your supervisors play an important role in preventing workplace violence, recognizing potential threats, defusing violent situations, and training employees to follow proper security procedures. The purpose of this training session is to provide them with the tools they need to do this important job, as well as heighten their awareness of this serious and pervasive problem. Use this Violence in the Workplace--How to Prevent and Defuse for Supervisors audio presentation to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • As the American workforce continues to reflect our increasingly diverse population, organizations must make diversity more than a buzzword or a recruiting tactic. To be successful in today’s global economy, organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Use this Diversity for All Employees audio presentation to train your workers on diversity.
  • As the American workforce continues to reflect our increasingly diverse population, organizations must make diversity more than a buzzword or a recruiting tactic. To be successful in today’s global economy, organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Use this Diversity for All Employees (Spanish) audio presentation to train your workers on diversity.
  • Employee complaints are a normal part of running a business and should be expected from time to time. This means that your supervisors must be adept at handling complaints so that the issues can be resolved in a fair and correct manner. Use this Handling Employee Complaints audio presentation to train your workers on complaints and investigations.
  • Strains and sprains are the leading cause of workplace injuries and illnesses, and the back and shoulders are the parts of the body most affected. Ergonomics is the science of fitting working conditions to the people who have to do the work through the design of equipment and safety procedures. Use this Back Safety (Spanish) audio presentation to train your workers on ergonomics.
  • HR Guidance:
    View the 2016 updated Minimum Wage chart. This chart features all current minimum wage changes, as well as any future changes, states with annual indexed changes, and tipped employee wages.
  • HR Handouts:
    According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention handout to train your workers on emergencies.
  • In order to ensure compliance, your supervisors must be properly trained to understand and follow the requirements of the law and your immigration and hiring policy. Use this Immigration and Hiring--What Supervisors Need to Know handout to train your workers on hiring.
  • In order to ensure compliance, your supervisors must be properly trained to understand and follow the requirements of the law and your immigration and hiring policy. Use this Immigration and Hiring--What Supervisors Need to Know handout to train your workers on hiring.
  • HR News:
    Minimum wage increases will affect numerous states across the country in January 2017.
  • By H. Juanita M. Beecher, Fortney & Scott, LLC
    It's early days to know exactly what a President Donald Trump will mean for federal contractors, but contractors can certainly speculate on what they would like a President Trump to do.
  • The antiretaliation provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic record-keeping rule are set to be implemented on December 1 after a Texas federal judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction on November 28.
  • An employee can proceed with his retaliation lawsuit because he was able to show that he was furloughed 2 days after requesting leave—and that he was the only employee subject to that action, a federal district court has ruled.
  • This time of year, companies that employ seasonal or holiday workers need to remember how to count them when determining the employer’s size for Affordable Care Act (ACA) purposes.
  • The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced December 1 that it will appeal a court’s injunction temporarily halting new overtime regulations.
  • Employers may face legal and morale problems regardless of how they decide to respond to the injunction temporarily blocking the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) new overtime rule, says one expert.
  • In our last installment, we covered moonlighting under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and whether or not it constitutes as FMLA abuse. This article will cover dealing with subtle FMLA abuse.
  • New restrictions on short-term “limited duration” policies, as well as tweaks to the exemptions for supplemental and travel insurance, were included in final regulations published October 31 (81 Fed. Reg. 75316). The rules also clarify how health plans may define the “essential health benefits” for which no lifetime or annual limits may be imposed.
  • Employers continue to face both federal charges and private lawsuits over policies that require workers to be fully healed from injuries before returning to work. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), this means employers aren’t aware of their accommodation responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  • As the dust settles from the election and employers look ahead to a new presidential administration, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer mandate tops the list of health benefits concerns, according to an Aon plc survey.
  • Many of the country’s largest employers do not offer paid parental leave, according to a report from PL+US.
  • Checking to see that an employee is using Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave properly doesn’t necessarily amount to illegal interference with the worker’s rights, a federal appeals court made clear in a recent ruling.
  • Employers and insurers were given an extra month to comply with the upcoming Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements to furnish 1095-B and –C reports to individuals. The deadline is being moved back from January 31 to March 2, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced in Notice 2016-70. In addition, the good-faith transition relief that applied to last year’s Form 1094 and 1095 submittals is being extended to the reporting for 2016, the IRS stated.
  • A federal district court temporarily blocked the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule November 22, just days before it was scheduled to take effect. The judge who issued the order called the regulation “unlawful” and said such actions should be left to Congress.
  • At long last, the new revision of Form I-9 is here. Though the previous revision of the form can still be used for employment verification through January 21, 2017, there’s no time like the present to familiarize yourself with the new version.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on emergencies.
  • In order to ensure compliance, your supervisors must be properly trained to understand and follow the requirements of the law and your immigration and hiring policy. Use this Immigration and Hiring--What Supervisors Need to Know PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on hiring.
  • As the American workforce continues to reflect our increasingly diverse population, organizations must make diversity more than a buzzword or a recruiting tactic. To be successful in today’s global economy, organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Use this Diversity for All Employees (Spanish) PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on diversity.
  • Strains and sprains are the leading cause of workplace injuries and illnesses, and the back and shoulders are the parts of the body most affected. Ergonomics is the science of fitting working conditions to the people who have to do the work through the design of equipment and safety procedures. Use this Back Safety (Spanish) PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on ergonomics.
  • HR Quizzes:
    In order to ensure compliance, your supervisors must be properly trained to understand and follow the requirements of the law and your immigration and hiring policy. Use this Immigration and Hiring--What Supervisors Need to Know quiz to train your workers on hiring.
  • As the American workforce continues to reflect our increasingly diverse population, organizations must make diversity more than a buzzword or a recruiting tactic. To be successful in today’s global economy, organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Use this Diversity for All Employees (Spanish) quiz to train your workers on diversity.
  • As the American workforce continues to reflect our increasingly diverse population, organizations must make diversity more than a buzzword or a recruiting tactic. To be successful in today’s global economy, organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Use this Diversity for All Employees (Spanish) quiz to train your workers on diversity.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use these Emergency Action and Fire Prevention speaker's notes to train your workers on emergencies.
  • In order to ensure compliance, your supervisors must be properly trained to understand and follow the requirements of the law and your immigration and hiring policy. Use these Immigration and Hiring--What Supervisors Need to Know speaker's notes to train your workers on hiring.
  • As the American workforce continues to reflect our increasingly diverse population, organizations must make diversity more than a buzzword or a recruiting tactic. To be successful in today’s global economy, organizations must effectively manage diverse workforces. Use these Diversity for All Employees (Spanish) speaker's notes to train your workers on diversity.
  • Strains and sprains are the leading cause of workplace injuries and illnesses, and the back and shoulders are the parts of the body most affected. Ergonomics is the science of fitting working conditions to the people who have to do the work through the design of equipment and safety procedures. Use these Back Safety (Spanish) speaker's notes to train your workers on ergonomics.
  • HR Trainer's Guides:
    According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention guide to train your workers on emergencies.
  • HR Training Exercises:
    According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention exercise to train your workers on emergencies.
  • According to OSHA, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 workers and injure more than 5,000 workers each year, at a cost of $2.3 billion annually. Employers are responsible for ensuring that employees know what to do in an emergency and how to evacuate the workplace if disaster strikes. Use this Emergency Action and Fire Prevention exercise to train your workers on emergencies.
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