On March 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a national emphasis program (NEP) to focus its enforcement efforts on preventing employees from contracting COVID-19 and protecting those who report unsafe working conditions. In general, an NEP is a method by which OSHA temporarily focuses its resources on a specific danger or […]
It might seem counterintuitive to think your employees have become more mobile in a time when most of us have been stuck at home for days on end. But in reality, the number and types of employees potentially crossing borders, both local and international, have increased exponentially. The shift to remote work brought on by […]
After years of remaining buried beneath red tape, a federal mandate issued in late 2020 seeks to, at last, bring U.S. healthcare costs into the light of day. Published jointly by three federal agencies, the final Transparency in Coverage Rule aims to allow Americans to more accurately predict their healthcare costs by helping them find […]
With more people working remotely than ever before, U.S. employers need to consider foreign workers’ visa status or risk fines.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put hiring and talent management programs front and center, as many employees across nearly every industry have been impacted by remote work, furloughs, and layoffs. To stay afloat, many organizations are continually reshaping staffing plans and may need to make further budget adjustments as 2021 unfolds.
Even before the recent pandemic upended everything about the way we work, HR departments already had a difficult job.
It seemed like a great idea this spring when the federal government issued guidance providing relief from certain benefits deadlines—including those related to COBRA continuation coverage—due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 national emergency. Then, it was assumed the emergency would end by June.
The Trump administration’s request that employers doing business with the federal government submit training materials used as part of their diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts is sparking confusion and concern, but some questions are being answered.
In a previous post, we discussed the potentially disastrous consequences of companies’ failing to adhere to the compliance requirements impacting their business by looking at several high-profile examples.
The word “compliance” makes many employees cringe. The term conjures up images of onerous and seemingly superfluous internal rules and regulations. But companies don’t implement compliance requirements for no reason.