Labor and Insights July 2017 eNewsletter
Labor and Insights July 2017 eNewsletter

Feature Article
Considerations for Leadership Transitions

A key theme during this year’s Great Place to Work Conference was developing talent. Are organizations asking their managers the question, “What are you doing to develop talent? And specifically, your replacement?”.

I’ve always felt the primary role of a manager is to hire and train their replacement. It goes without saying that a big interrupter can occur in company culture when there’s a change in management. Organizations don’t always get to plan for management changes, so when they do, it’s a big deal. It’s a visible process that demonstrates whether the company really lives their culture.

Read on.

Tip of the Month
How HR Leaders Can Promote Better Workplace Safety

This June, Wisconsin-based employer Ashley Furniture Industries reached a
$1.75 million settlement with the Department of Labor that requires the company to improve workplace safety conditions in order to avoid even stiffer fines. The company had faced $2.2 million in potential fines following an Occupational Safety and Health Administration review of over 1,000 workplace-related injuries employees had suffered between 2011 and 2015 at four of the company’s plants in Wisconsin and Mississippi. As part of the settlement, Ashley Furniture agrees to maintain a vice president for safety and to involve employees and management in a program for the safe handling of machinery.


As this illustrates, initiatives by management and especially by human resources leaders can play a key role in promoting workplace safety and avoiding stiff OSHA penalties. Here are some steps HR leaders can take to promote a safer work environment and protect their employees and companies from unnecessary safety and legal risks.

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Q & A
When Does An Employee's I-9 Form Need Updated?


I have an employee who was recently married and changed her name.  Does she need to complete a new I-9 form with her new name?


When an employee changes their name (legally) employers are not required to complete a new I-9 form.  The US Citizenship and Immigration Services recommends that employers note the name change in Section 3 of the form.  To make sure your records are in order, here are the points to consider:

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Legal Updates
U.S. DOL Signals Coming Changes

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) made two announcements that signal a change of direction for the new Administration. First, the DOL announced in a press release that it would return to its decades-long practice of issuing "opinion letters," which provide employers formal, written guidance on specific labor law issues. Second, the DOL began the process for seeking public notice and comment on the Obama DOL's rule increasing the salary threshold for overtime exemptions, indicating that the DOL is considering eliminating or changing the controversial rule.

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OSHA Inspections are on the Rise 

As employers, manufacturers are aware of their responsibility for knowing the safety standards applicable to their businesses. But many do not understand their rights and obligations during the inspection process. In recent years, after adding more than 100 compliance officers, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) has been increasing the number of inspections, citations, and litigation it undertakes. The following tips should help you properly handle OSHA inspections.

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Volume III
Issue II
July 2017
In This Issue

Considerations for
Leadership Transitions

Promoting Better
Workplace Safety

> Q & A
When to Update I-9

DOL Signals Coming Changes

OSHA Inspections are
on the Rise

Request and Employee

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