Tag: safety

Summer Hiring Season Is Almost Here! Time to Plan for Employing Minors

With summer approaching, many employers will be turning their attention to staffing up for the season. The summer workforce includes a substantial number of minors. So, this is a good time to consider the issues involved with hiring minor employees.

Safety Concerns Are Keeping Healthcare Workers Home: Prompting Privacy and Personal Safety Can Bring Them Back

In October 2021, the San Leandro Hospital emergency room was locked down when a visitor, upset that COVID-19 restrictions prevented him from visiting a patient, threatened to bring a gun to the California healthcare facility. The incident is emblematic of a troubling trend of more frequent and severe violent episodes at healthcare facilities. As Mawata […]

ADA Doesn’t Protect Train Engineer From Turning Over Medical Records

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) limits an employer’s right to require a current employee to provide information about his medical conditions. Only in situations where the need to obtain such health information is necessary to determine whether the employee can perform the job functions and do so in a safe manner is the medical […]

Guns at Work: Keeping Employees Safe in Troubling Times

Every year, nearly two million American workers report being workplace violence victims, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In fact, homicide is the fifth-leading cause of workplace fatalities in the United States, accounting for eight percent of all fatal on-the-job injuries. Nearly half of all states, however, now have laws in some […]

Astroworld Aftermath: Three Employer Takeaways

In the aftermath of the Astroworld music festival gone wrong, event organizers are reconsidering the safety risks at large events. Live Nation and other organizers of the Houston festival are facing numerous lawsuits based on injuries and deaths caused by the failure to host the concert safely. Organizers’ awareness of the risks presented at the […]

How Leadership’s Understanding of “Psychological Safety” is More Important than Ever

Whether you’ve been leading a remote workforce for decades, recently ventured into this space, are dabbling with hybrid models or fully returning your staff to in-house status, one thing is certain: The concept of “workplace” has changed forever. The pandemic effectively recast it. And the hard, sacred work of nurturing company culture has gotten even […]

Answers to 13 Common Questions About New Federal Vaccine, Testing Mandates

When President Joe Biden recently announced a six-pronged strategy to contain COVID-19’s spread, one of the most notable measures was a vaccination and/or weekly testing mandate affecting employers and employees nationwide. We still don’t know many details, but here are answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received since the mandates were announced. […]

How to Keep Hiring Safety in Mind During the Pandemic

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job openings increased to a record high of 10.9 million on the last business day of this past July. With the demand for labor high and prospects lower than normal, some companies are willing to do whatever it takes to fill their open positions as quickly as […]

HR Is Not a Spectator Sport

For many, the paths employees walk in an organization often seem undirected. The sales representatives may watch a company grow, but they are not guiding it outside of their department. The same could be said of many. But benefits experts and HR professionals have a very different role: to grip an organization’s many moving parts […]