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Mar 06 2018
Workers’ Comp  

Vigilant uncovers tattoo business fraud, saves Retro Group member over $150K in red ink

Vigilant Exposes Workers’ Comp Fraud, Injured Welder Faces Charges for Covering Up Tattoo Business

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Mar 01 2018
Affirmative Action  

OFCCP to adjust compliance evaluation process in 2018

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) will “rebalance the agency’s mix of scheduling and conducting” affirmative action audits in Fiscal Year 2018, according to the newly released FY 2017 Financial Report from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The report acknowledges that since 2009, the OFCCP gradually conducted fewer and fewer audits…

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Feb 27 2018
Affirmative Action  

Federal contractors: New corporate scheduling announcement letters released for 2018

Federal contractors, watch your mailbox for a corporate scheduling announcement letter from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). According to the agency’s website, 1,000 letters were mailed on February 1, 2018. The letters are a courtesy notice that a facility has been selected for an affirmative action audit to…

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Feb 23 2018
Safety and HealthWorkers’ Comp  

Finger amputation leads to safety investigation; Washington manufacturer fined $92K

Hand and Finger Safety Starts with the Employer; Vigilant Can Help

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Feb 14 2018
Q&AWage and Hour  

Q&A: When employee attends voluntary training, is the time paid or unpaid?

Q: We’re planning to offer some voluntary training to employees in the evening regarding internet and social media safety. We don’t have to pay them for time spent in that training, do we?

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Feb 13 2018
Safety and HealthTermination & Resignation

Q&A: What to do when a fired employee makes a threat on the way out

Q: What should we do when a fired employee makes a threat on the way out? During a termination meeting with this employee, he promised that “he would get us all for firing him.”

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Feb 06 2018
 

EEO-1 Reports due March 31, 2018

After more than a year off from filing annual EEO-1 Reports, covered employers must once again submit data on the race/ethnicity and gender of their workforce, sorted into 10 job categories. For many years, September 30 was the annual deadline, but the 2017 report was moved to March 31, 2018,…

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Jan 22 2018
Affirmative Action  

New OFCCP webpage highlights Native American program

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has unveiled a new webpage highlighting its efforts to support the employment of Native Americans by federal contractors. The agency’s Indian and Native American Employment Rights Program (INAERP) has been around since 2013, but wasn’t widely publicized. Most of the webpage is geared toward…

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Jan 18 2018
Leave Laws  

Supervisors can be held individually liable for FMLA violations

A federal district court in California recently ruled that supervisors can be sued individually for violations of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The ruling means that supervisors could be independently responsible for damages, separate and apart from the employer’s liability. In reaching this decision, the court focused on the…

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Jan 17 2018
Q&AHarassment & DiscriminationHiring  

Q&A: Can past lawsuits be a factor in hiring decisions?

Question: We just received an application from a candidate who’s clearly qualified, but we know he sued his last employer for discrimination and we’d rather not hire someone who goes around suing people. Can we get in trouble for rejecting him?

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