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  • HR Audio Presentations:
    Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees audio presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Handouts:
    Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees handout to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR News:
    Everybody—from CEOs to frontline workers, design specialists to space planners, Gen Z and Millennials to Boomers—is wondering what the post-COVID workplace will look like. Despite the myriad ideas floating around, the consensus seems to be that only time will tell. Another largely agreed upon notion: The "new normal" will be noticeably different from the offices people abandoned at the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Up to 30 percent of employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors, according to national estimates. Misclassification occurs when an employer improperly classifies a worker as an independent contractor instead of an employee. Unfortunately, the consequences can be severe. Some businesses intentionally misclassify workers to try to save on taxes or avoid other costs associated with having employees, but the mistakes can be unintentional, as well.
  • Q With the Supreme Court’s ruling on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 regarding gender identification, can we leave the Title VII disclaimer in our company handbook and applications as is? Or does the wording need to be adjusted to specifically state “sexual orientation” and “transgender status”?
  • Q Our employment applications are available in English. If a candidate applies in a language other than English and our recruiters can’t read the responses, what do we do with the application? Are we able to disqualify the candidate?
  • With more workers being invited back into the workplace as the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be subsiding, you can expect an uptick in requests for disability accommodations to continue working remotely in some capacity, even when the asserted disability isn’t coronavirus-related. If the past is any indication of the future (and in this case, I think it is), managers and HR pros would be wise to dust off their interactive-process hats.
  • A popular online bookmarking site that allows users to create virtual pinboards agreed to pay $20 million to settle a lawsuit from its former chief operating officer, who alleged gender discrimination and retaliation. As part of the settlement, the company will put an additional $2.5 million into “advancing women and underrepresented communities in the technology industry.” To avoid a similar situation in your workplace, you must educate your employees on gender discrimination and what actions must be taken if someone feels like they're being discriminated against.
  • Q Can we ask employees if they have received the COVID-19 vaccine?
  • Social Security no-match letters are on the uptick. They let employers know an employee’s name and Social Security number (SSN), as reported on W-2 forms, don’t match government records. Here’s what you need to know to keep your operations compliant.
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a citation shedding light on its approach to COVID-19 enforcement under the Biden administration. The agency cited a Missouri automotive manufacturer under the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (OSH Act) General Duty Clause after six employees became ill with the virus and one died as a result of the complications. The citation is informative about OSHA’s expectations for employers’ adherence to social distancing and mask usage policies in the workplace.
  • If members of your workforce are immigrants (they have a green card) or are working temporarily in the United States in any visa category, including as farm workers, hospitality workers, healthcare workers, or students, they shouldn’t use any drugs or substances prohibited under federal or state drug schedules. The schedules prohibit cannabis, or marijuana, use even when it’s legal under state law for either medicinal or recreational purposes.
  • HR Podcast:
    What do poor diversity, hostile work environments, corporate espionage, and poor safety cultures have in common? They can all be found long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Whether you are talking about the Empire, the Rebellion, or even the First Order, the organizations that populate the Star Wars universe have a lot to learn from HR and safety professionals.
  • In this episode, we are going to discuss background checks. So many organizations require background checks on potential employees, and there are countless services out there to assist you. But not all background checks are equal, and there are some tricky compliance issues to navigate as well. Finally, the pandemic has changed the nature of background checks as well.
  • HR PowerPoints:
    Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees PowerPoint presentation to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Quizzes:
    Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees quiz to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Speaker's Notes:
    Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use these Workplace Safety for Employees speaker's notes to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Trainer's Guides:
    Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees guide to train your workers on safety and health.
  • HR Training Exercises:
    Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees exercise to train your workers on safety and health.
  • Keeping employees safe keeps them on the job and working at full capacity, which sustains productivity. Employees who are confident in the safety of their workplace will also be motivated and energetic. And they will be more satisfied with their jobs. Use this Workplace Safety for Employees exercise to train your workers on safety and health.
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