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Nov 13 2019
Safety and Health  

New hire fatality from wood chipper results in $67k penalty

A sole proprietor of a tree-trimming business was ordered to pay $66,986 in penalties after an employee was killed by a wood chipper on his first day on the job. A crew of four workers, including the new employee, met in the morning at the owner’s house. Two of the workers were…

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Oct 23 2019
Safety and Health  

OSHA cites employers for poor emergency procedures after two fatalities

In two separate cases, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued six-figure citations against employers that failed to plan ahead for foreseeable emergency situations. The employers have 15 business days to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or challenge the findings before the Occupational…

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Sep 25 2019
Wage and Hour  

EEOC doesn’t intend to seek pay & hours data for 2019 or beyond

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) says it needs time to analyze the 2017 and 2018 data on worker pay and hours it’s currently collecting, and therefore doesn’t intend to ask for such data in future years. The agency has also come to the conclusion that it grossly underestimated the amount of…

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Sep 25 2019
Safety and Health  

Employer sentenced after welder’s death

In the aftermath of a welder’s death on the job, an oilfield company pled guilty to a willful violation of federal safety standards requiring tanks to be cleaned before welding. The welder was 28 years old and had recently moved to North Dakota to work in the oil industry after serving in…

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Aug 29 2019
Safety and Health  

Electronic injury & illness reporting to start in 2020 in Washington

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) has finally issued regulations requiring covered Washington employers to follow federal requirements and file annual injury and illness reports electronically with federal OSHA starting in 2020. As explained on OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application web page, the reporting portal will open again on January 2, 2020, and the…

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Jul 31 2019
Wage and Hour  

EEO-1 portal now open for filing data on pay and hours

Employers with 100 or more employees can now file “Component 2” of the EEO-1 Report, which covers pay and hours worked during 2017 and 2018. The deadline for filing the report is September 30, 2019.   The requirement to file Component 2 data applies to companies with at least 100 employees on an employer-chosen…

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Jun 26 2019
Wage and Hour  

Q&A: Say what you mean in commission agreements

Question: One of our salespeople landed two huge contracts. Under the terms of the commission agreement, this salesperson would earn nearly $3 million. But we never anticipated paying anyone that much money. We reserved the right to amend the plan. Can we cut the commission payment?

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May 06 2019
Wage and Hour  

Two years of pay and hours data due by 9/30/19 for EEO-1 Report

Not only must employers submit data on pay and hours worked during 2018 on the newly expanded EEO-1 Report by September 30, 2019, but they must also include pay and hours data from 2017. The requirement to provide pay and hours data applies to employers with 100 or more employees.…

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Apr 30 2019
Wage and Hour  

Alert: 2018 EEO-1 Report pay and hours data due by September 30, 2019

Alert: 2018 EEO-1 Report pay and hours data due by September 30, 2019 September 30, 2019, is the deadline for employers with at least 100 employees to submit data via a soon-to-be-expanded EEO-1 Report on their employees’ hours worked and W-2 wages from 2018, a federal judge ruled yesterday. Here are the key…

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Mar 13 2019
Webinar  

WEBINAR: Pay Equity 3-13-19

Pay equity laws and regulations are changing so rapidly they’ve left even the most sophisticated HR professionals, in-house attorneys, and employers struggling to understand the existing requirements and find ways to mitigate their risk. To add to the complexity, some employers have considered conducting a pay equity analysis, but want to know…

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