Tomorrow, February 1, is the deadline for posting the Cal-OSHA Form 300A, annual summary log of injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2006. The form must remain posted until April 30, 2007. Even if you had no recordable injuries or illnesses in 2006, you must still post a summary with zeros in the total line. […]
Month: January 2007
In early January, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to raise the federal minimum wage from $5.15 per hour to $7.25 per hour over a period of 26 months. The legislation did not include tax breaks to offset the impact on employers. Now, however, the measure has failed to win enough votes in the Senate, […]
The U.S. Department of Labor has announced that Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. will pay over $33 million in back wages to resolve errors in calculating overtime for 86,680 employees nationwide. According to the DOL, Wal-Mart brought the problem to the agency’s attention after an internal audit raised concerns regarding overtime computations, particularly with respect to incentives […]
In his State of the Union address to the nation last week, President Bush outlined a new plan to expand health care coverage for Americans. The plan would create a standard health insurance tax deduction, which would also act as a cap on the amount of employer-provided healthcare benefits that are tax-exempt.
As America revs up for the super-spectacle … and bets on the outcome … we wonder what gambling at work costs employers. The answer may surprise you. Sunday marks the biggest game in pro football, Super Bowl XLI, and the action will be hot and heavy … betting action, that is. Gamblers, from $2 small […]
No one can predict if so-called “bird flu” will spread to humans worldwide, but if it does, businesses need to be ready. Here are factors to consider in your planning. (First of two parts.) Good business practice means following the saying, “Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.” These days, one of he […]
by Albert L. Vreeland Recently, your job as Shepherd of All Things Employment became a lot more complicated (and legally risky) — for reasons you may not even be aware of. On December 1, 2006, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to include specific provisions for handling electronically stored information. That may sound […]
By BLR Founder and Publisher Bob Brady Congress looks likely to raise the minimum wage. But BLR’s CEO says it’s likely to have minimal effect. It looks like Congress is going to increase the minimum wage for the first time since 1997. The House has passed the measure overwhelmingly, and the Senate has agreed in […]
Suggested changes could widen … or narrow …. FMLA’s coverage. Either way you’ll be affected. Here’s a list of possibilities, and a tool to keep up with whatever happens. One of America’s most talked-about employment laws may soon be changing. The Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, allows most employees to take up […]
Having problems with employee attendance? Here is a quick list of solutions—both proactive and reactive—that can help minimize employee absences from work.