Labor and Insights April 2019 eNewsletter
Labor and Insights April 2019 eNewsletter
Why Continuous Background Checks Are Now Trending

April 2019
 

The Hidden Costs of an OSHA Citation
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For many employers, the greatest hidden cost is the loss of business opportunity



Congress took employers by surprise when it increased Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) penalties nearly 80 percent in 2016. Today, a Serious violation can fetch a maximum penalty of $13,260, and a Willful or Repeat violation can cost up to $132,598. Citations often include multiple items, which can multiply these figures.

When construction companies or other industrial employers receive Serious citations, they often rush into an informal conference with OSHA, without considering potential legal defenses they can raise. When the agency representative offers a large monetary penalty reduction in the settlement, it can sound like a good deal. But saving several thousand dollars and moving on quickly may cost much more over the long term.
Why Continuous Background Checks Are Now Trending
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Your company’s brand is extremely valuable and can be easily tarnished

2018 was filled with a series of events that led many employers to question: Is one initial background screening at the point of hire really enough? Movements like #MeToo triggered concerns about the character of their existing workforce. In addition, a long list of questionable employee actions continues to make the news. As a precaution, many employers have started to implement routine background checks to monitor existing employees for any red flags.

Managing Unplanned Absences
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Plan ahead to avoid the snowball effect

The impact of absenteeism is real and has tangible effects, not just on managers, but the whole team. As a matter of fact, an absence not only disrupts organizations and adds to everyone’s workload, but also causes a lot of stress because deadlines still need to be met. This leaves managers scrambling to find a replacement or having to shell out overtime to make up for lost productivity. It also creates a snowball effect among your employees - if people are overworked their quality of work will be reduced, which reflects badly on the team, hurting morale and lowering employee satisfaction. But don’t despair, here are some absence management suggestions that can help keep that avalanche of consequences at bay.

DOL Seeks to Increase the Minimum Salary for Exempt Workers

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Again

In March, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that seeks – again – to raise the minimum salary threshold for employees classified as exempt pursuant to one of the so-called "white collar" exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees.