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Jan 15 2020
Vigilant News  

We’re hiring: Administrative Assistant

We are seeking a full-time experienced Administrative Assistant in our Tigard, Oregon headquarters. The Administrative Assistant will be responsible for performing a wide range of administrative duties for multiple departments. This position will primarily provide administrative support to the Washington team, including the Workers’ Compensation department. This Administrative Assistant must be service-oriented and…

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Jan 14 2020
Safety and Health  

OSHA updates standards on amputation hazards in manufacturing

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a directive on December 10, 2019, updating its National Emphasis Program (NEP) focusing agency inspections on amputation hazards in manufacturing industries. These updates don’t create any new requirements for employers but focus agency enforcement on these hazards. Among other steps, the directive allows area…

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Jan 14 2020
Safety and Health  

Post your OSHA 300A by February 1, 2020

Ringing in the New Year reminds us that it’s time to finish completing the OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and post the OSHA Form 300A (Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) for the 2019 calendar year. Federal OSHA generally requires employers with more than 10 employees to keep…

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Jan 14 2020
 

SECURE Act changes rules for retirement savings accounts

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed the SECURE Act into law, changing some rules for certain types of retirement savings accounts, including 401(k) plans that many companies offer their employees. Before the SECURE Act (which stands for “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”), employers offering 401(k) plans could require their…

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Jan 02 2020
Safety and Health  

State OSHA agency fines employers $825,000 on tip from fire marshal

The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA) fined five employers in southern Oregon a total of $825,000 after a state fire marshal tipped off the agency about structural defects and other unsafe conditions in a building on the employers’ property. Several hemp producers in Josephine County, Oregon, used a…

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Jan 02 2020
Q&ADisabilityTermination & Resignation  

Q&A: Mandatory EAP referral doesn’t mean you perceived disability

Question: We have an employee who is acting strangely, including making paranoid comments about coworkers sabotaging her work. I investigated, but found no evidence to support her allegations. The employee continues to complain. Can we require her to contact our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and attend any counseling sessions recommended…

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Dec 23 2019
Employee BenefitsLeave Laws  

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave rules finalized; access our resources

January 1, 2020, the date your employees will be able to apply for Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) benefits, is right around the corner. Here’s an update on where things stand and a reminder about our resources: Rulemaking: The Washington Employment Security Department (ESD) has completed its rulemaking (click the…

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Dec 23 2019
Q&ALeave LawsWage and Hour  

Q&A: Keep sick leave laws in mind before denying holiday pay

Question: Our policy requires employees to work their last scheduled day before a holiday and first scheduled day after a holiday in order to be eligible for holiday pay. In the past, some employees have called in sick when they were scheduled to work the day before or after a…

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Dec 23 2019
Wage and Hour  

Department of Labor updates “regular rate” rules

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has updated its guidance on the “regular rate” requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Under the FLSA, employers must pay workers overtime of at least one-and-a-half times the “regular rate” for hours worked beyond 40 hours per workweek. The regular rate could just be a worker’s normal…

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Dec 13 2019
Wage and Hour  

ALERT: Washington changes salary and duties tests for exempt employees

On December 11, 2019, Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) announced major changes to Washington’s minimum salary requirements for exempt workers and to the “duties test” for executive, administrative, and professional workers, which will be effective July 1, 2020. As Vigilant previously reported, when L&I first proposed these rules, Vigilant submitted comments suggesting…

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