Tag: enforcement

Ergonomics: OSHA Announces New Ergonomics Strategy Based On Voluntary Guidelines, But California Employers Still On The Hook

Last year the federal Department of Labor repealed the controversial Clinton-era mandatory ergonomics regulations but promised to develop another strategy for reducing workplace injuries stemming from ergonomic problems. Now, rather than apply a single ergonomics standard to a broad range of industries, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has come up with a new […]

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News Notes: Contractor Responsibility Rule Revoked

The Bush administration has thrown out a Clinton-era rule governing contractor responsibility. The rule had banned the award of federal government contracts to businesses that had criminal or civil violations of federal labor and employment, safety, environmental, tax, antitrust or consumer protection laws in the preceding three years. Enforcement of the rule—which the business community […]

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Off-Duty Activities: Legislation Creates New Protections For Job Applicants, Broader Remedies For Employees

Gov. Davis has signed a new measure, A.B. 1015, that creates new labor law protections for job applicants’ outside activities and political interests and strengthens remedies employees already have. The new law takes effect Jan. 1, 2002, and applies to most public and private employees with a few exceptions. We’ll cover the key points.

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Whistleblowers: Employer Ordered To Pay $1.3 Million For Retaliating Against Complaining Worker; How To Prevent Whistleblower Lawsuits

Margaret Gardenhire was an eligibility interviewer for the Housing Authority of Los Angeles. She received outstanding performance ratings and promotions, and had even been named employee of the year. But after Gardenhire reported suspected illegal activity by a Housing Authority consultant, her performance rating plummeted and her boss threatened to fire her. She sued, and […]

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Legislative Update: New Workplace Laws On Horizon

As we went to press, the current state legislative session was drawing to a close, and a host of important bills that could significantly impact employers were pending. Here’s a rundown on key employment legislation on the docket in Sacramento and a quick overview of new federal laws under consideration.

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Independent Contractors: State Releases Rules On New Reporting Law

Legislation tightening enforcement of California’s child support laws will require all private, state and local employers who use independent contractors to file a new report with the Employment Development Department starting January 1, 2001. The EDD recently issued guidance with specific details about the report, which is designed to help track down parents who aren’t […]

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News Notes: EEOC Stepping Up Equal Pay Enforcement; New Focus On Temporary Staffing Industry

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has unveiled a new initiative to boost enforcement of the wage bias laws. The agency will create a new task force to help EEOC investigators analyze equal pay issues when employees file charges. The government is also providing additional educational resources through a new equal pay page on its […]

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Retirement Plans: Government Announces New ERISA Enforcement Plan—And New Program To Correct Violations Without Penalties

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA) has just released its new enforcement strategy to ensure that pension plans comply with ERISA. The main target: defined contribution programs, particularly 401(k) plans. This means you could be hit with hefty penalties for pension plan administration errors, such as delinquent employee contributions and […]

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News Notes: EEOC Expands Anti-Discrimination Protection To Undocumented Workers

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued new enforcement guidelines stating for the first time that federal anti-discrimination laws protect undocumented workers. According to the EEOC, illegal immigrants who are subjected to workplace discrimination, sexual harassment or retaliation can sue their employers and receive lost wages, punitive damages and attorneys’ fees. A court could also […]

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