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OSHA Issues Worker Safety Guidance for Coronavirus Protection Programs

​The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued worker safety guidance for coronavirus protection programs on Jan. 29, requiring greater input from employees and enhanced mask protections. “Protecting Workers: Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace” provides updated guidance and recommendations and outlines existing safety and health standards. The guidance


10 Signs Your Employees Are Suffering From Stress and Anxiety

  Taking more time off work than usual Greater use of substances such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs (prescription and illegal) Increased irritability, poor concentration, reduced productivity Deteriorating personal or work relationships, including bullying behaviours Becoming more ‘emotional’, moody or over-reactive to what others say Starting to behave differently that’s out of the norm Changing


Supreme Court Ruling on Drug Pricing Complicates Multistate Employer Plans

On Dec. 10, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling that allows individual states to enact laws regulating pharmacy benefit managers’ (PBMs’) ability to set prices for prescription drugs paid for by employee health plans. The court found that these laws, with certain limits, do not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).


5 Tips to Help Workers Upskill and Adapt to Artificial Intelligence

The World Economic Forum says technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) will displace 75 million jobs by 2022 but will also create 133 million new roles. That’s a net gain of 58 million new jobs. To prepare workers for these new jobs, organizations will have to provide significant resources for upskilling their workforce. And employees will


OSHA Fines for COVID-19 Safety Violations Reach Nearly $2.5 Million

​Employers have a duty to keep workplaces free from known hazards—including coronavirus-related dangers—under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. OSHA announced on Nov. 6 that the agency has cited 179 worksites for coronavirus-related violations and proposed a total of $2,496,768 in penalties since the pandemic began, through Oct. 29. Although the agency hasn’t implemented


Be Sure to Change Furloughs into Layoffs Lawfully

Employers that are converting furloughs into permanent layoffs need to ensure compliance with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and COBRA. “One major misstep for employers is to assume that furloughing employees allows the employer to completely forget about the WARN Act,” said Daniel Altchek, an attorney with Saul Ewing in Baltimore and


Four things the pandemic has taught us about employee recognition

Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen a change in why and how we recognise one another. Just look on social media, and you’ll see story after story of people cheering, clapping and even singing and dancing to send thanks. No trophies or money – just heartfelt and genuine appreciation. Recognition should be used not only to


EEOC Updates Guidance on COVID-19 Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released updated guidance on Sept. 8 clarifying that employers can screen workers for COVID-19 without violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) if they follow guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other authorities. “Consistent with the ADA standard, employers should ensure that the


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