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  • HR Audio Presentations:
    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.
  • HR Handouts:
    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 handout to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • HR News:
    Some 450 members of United Steelworkers Local 40 went on strike on October 1, 2021, when the union failed to reach a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with management at Special Metals, a plant based in Huntington, West Virginia, which develops and produces nickel alloys. Like many employers dealing with strikes, it's likely Special Metals is doing its utmost to maintain high standards and meet customer needs despite the union’s efforts. Successful strategies for dealing with strikes are certainly important, but employers are generally more motivated to take measures to prevent strikes before they happen because the consequences can be severe. Here are four major tips to avoid strikes before the work stoppage occurs.
  • When an employee is injured on the job, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (collectively, FMLA) may confer benefits in addition to what the state’s worker's compensation provides. Employers subject to the FMLA should consider how the law interacts with their state’s worker's comp law when FMLA-eligible employees need time off from work or modified duty after a work-related injury.
  • The Biden administration has initiated numerous legal changes against employers, and most of you no doubt have been closely following the major disputes surrounding the federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t sleep on seemingly more mundane matters that don’t attract the big headlines. One thing is certain for 2022: The coronavirus is here to stay. The fate of workplace noncompete agreements, however, is much less certain under the current administration.
  • It snowed in Washington, D.C., over January 6 and 7, and all federal buildings were shut down except for the U.S. Supreme Court, which makes its own hours and rules. The Court had set a special Friday calendar (an event even rarer than a live Friday night talk show) to consider two employment-related challenges to President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 regulations and decide whether they should be blocked while the legal cases proceed.
  • On November 10, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) general counsel (GC) published operations management memo 22-03 about the duty to bargain over issues related to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new COVID-19 vaccination rules. OSHA’s emergency temporary standard (ETS) requires employers with 100 or more employees to implement a mandatory vaccine or vaccine-or-test policy. Not surprisingly, the memo says unionized employers must bargain about the policies.
  • Employers may be startled to see figures from the New Hampshire Department of Labor (NHDOL) revealing just how expensive wage and hour violations can be. In fiscal year (FY) 2021 (July 2020-June 30, 2021), the state proposed civil penalties in the gross amount of $2,711,500 after inspections. The amount was reduced through informal conferences and other means, so the actual amount collected was $415,783, but that was still more than was collected in civil penalties in FY 2020. Following is a countdown of the top 10 most common wage and hour violations and tips on how to avoid mistakes.
  • Since March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its enforcement agency, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), have issued changing guidance on how and when an employer may satisfy the Form I-9 in-person inspection requirements during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since April 1, 2021, they have allowed employers to delay in-person inspections of remote employees’ identity and employment eligibility documents. In December, the agencies extended the flexible rules by four months, meaning they won’t expire until April 30, 2022.
  • The 2021 EEO-1 Component 1 data collection is tentatively scheduled to open on April 12, 2022, which is a little later than usual, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently announced.
  • The Oakland . . . I mean Los Angeles . . . I mean Oakland . . . I mean Las Vegas Raiders have a tradition of high-profile litigation second to no one in sports. Al Davis’ “just win, baby” philosophy spilled off the gridiron and into courtroom battles as well. So, it comes as little surprise that Jon Gruden is suing the NFL for publicly trashing his reputation and conspiring to wrongfully fire him as the Raiders’ head coach.
  • “Death by a thousand cuts.” That’s what microaggressions feel like to the affected individual. Read on to learn how to recognize and stop the indignities from happening in your workplace.
  • HR Podcast:
    A hybrid workforce management expert shares her insight on the future of the hybrid workplace and explains how workspace services could be a solution for HR professionals considering the alternative to traditional office settings.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    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 PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • HR Quizzes:
    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 quiz to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    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 these Violence in the Workplace - How to Prevent and Defuse for Supervisors speaker's notes to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • HR Trainer's Guides:
    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 guide to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • HR Training Exercises:
    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 exercise to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
  • 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 exercise to train your workers on violence in the workplace.
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