MAMU March eNewsletter

 

Feature Article
Workplace Safety Violations Could Lead to Felony Convictions

Looking to send a strong message to employers who fail to provide a safe workplace, the Departments of Labor and Justice (DOL and DOJ, respectively) are teaming up to investigate and prosecute worker endangerment violations, namely, violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act), the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA), and the Mine Safety and Health Act (MINE Act). Under a new worker endangerment initiative federal investigators and prosecutors will look to possible environmental crimes committed by companies in conjunction with workplace safety violations in order to seek felony convictions and enhanced penalties available under federal environmental laws. With the DOJ’s additional focus on holding individual corporate wrongdoers accountable, corporate executives could find themselves criminally and civilly liable for their roles in such crimes.

Read on.

Tip of the Month
Use Mentorship to Drive Bottom Line Results

In the late 1990s, bestselling-authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman partnered with Gallup to figure out what makes great managers great. Twenty-five years of cumulative data and more than 80,000 manager interviews later, they found that while great managers differed in everything from rank to gender, age, race, location and more, they also had a common thread: Every single one excelled at transforming employee talent into employee performance.

The mentorship great managers provide doesn't only benefit employees, however – higher employee performance naturally translates to better bottom line results. In addition, Buckingham and Coffman found that the quality of managers can make or break employee retention (a major business concern, considering that turnover can cost you up to 400 percent of the lost employee's annual salary).

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Q & A
Should e-cigarettes Be Included In Your Policy?

Question:

Our new employee has been puffing on an e-cigarette while working in the shop.  We have a no smoking policy. Does that apply?  What do we do?

Answer:

While e-cigarettes do not technically produce smoke, they do produce a vapor that has chemicals including nicotine. From a distance, it is actually difficult to tell if an individual is smoking a traditional cigarette or an e-cigarette.

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Legal Updates
Affordable Care Act Compliance Update for 2016

Affordable Care Act (ACA) reforms have become effective incrementally over the last six years. In 2016, most of the ACA changes are applicable. Employers that sponsor group health plans should ensure that they are in compliance with the following requirements in 2016.

 

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DOL Issues Proposed Rule Requiring Paid Sick Leave For Some Federal Contractor Employees

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor published its Proposed Rule to implement Executive Order 13706, Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors. President Obama issued the Executive Order on Labor Day 2015, and the Department of Labor is required to issue final regulations by September 30, 2016. Individuals have 30 days, or until March 28, 2016, to submit comments on this proposal.

The administrative burdens that this rule would place on covered contractors is significant. Although we cannot cover every detail of the proposal in this bulletin, this overview reveals in part how complicated and difficult compliance will be.

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Volume I
Issue X
March 2016
In This Issue

> FEATURE ARTICLE
Safety Violations Could
Lead to Felony Convictions


> TIP OF THE MONTH
Use Mentorship to Drive
Bottom Line Results


> Q & A
Should e-cigarettes Be
Included In Your Policy?


> LEGAL UPDATES
Affordable Care Act
Compliance Update for
2016


DOL Issues Proposed Rule
Requiring Paid Sick Leave


Request and Employee


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