OSHA Assures Employers That Rapid Response Investigation Reports Will Not Be Used in Issuing Citations
Since OSHA’s revised fatality and severe injury reporting rule went into effect on January 1, 2015, employers have been deeply concerned that the agency would use information contained in Rapid Response Investigation Reports (RRIs) – required by OSHA in response to approximately 50% of the reports made this year – as the basis for issuing citations and fines. This concern stems from the fact that when OSHA finds an employer’s RRI unsatisfactory, such as where the employer merely blames the victim or fails to provide what the agency determines is an adequate plan to address identified hazards, OSHA may determine that an inspection is in order.
Late last week, in an interview with Business Insurance Magazine, Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, Dr. David Michaels, clarified that OSHA has never used information contained in a RRI to justify a citation or fine and it never will.
The Easiest Thing You Can Do To Be a Great Boss
Most leaders receive surprisingly little development before assuming their first supervisory roles. In fact, many get no leadership training at all until they’ve been in the executive ranks for nearly a decade–reaching, on average, age 42.
But whether you’ve had formal training or not, there’s one simple action that can dramatically increase any manager’s success in gaining the support and engagement of subordinates: recognize great work. That means calling out excellent accomplishments by your employees right away–and doing so in consistent and regular increments from the start.
Preparing for the FLSA Changes in 2016
Is there anything I should be doing now to help prepare for the possible upcoming changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) standards?
As you may be aware, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division is currently reviewing the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regulation for determining exemptions for “white collar” employees. As detailed in the Fact Sheet, this ruling would likely have a huge impact on the standard salary level for white collar workers.
NLRB Strikes Down Policy Prohibiting Recordings by Employees
The National Labor Relations Board ("Board") finished the 2015 year in the same way it started: With continued scrutiny of seemingly neutral employer policies. The Board continues to assume that employees will read these policies and assume that their rights to engage in protected activities are being prohibited.
The latest policies under assault? Policies that prohibit unauthorized recordings in the workplace.
High Fines Continue to Provide "Additional Motivation" for I-9 Compliance
Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently eased off of its record pace for commencing new I-9 inspections, employers can take no comfort. ICE continues to use these inspections as a key enforcement tool to build a "culture of compliance" among employers, as shown by a recent decision issued by an administrative law judge (ALJ) in the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer. This decision demonstrates the need to make I-9 compliance an important part of your normal business operations and to train employees to handle I-9 compliance duties properly.