Breach Forces OSHA to Shut Down Reporting Portal

We recently reported (OSHA Online Portal for Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Reports Opens August 1) that OSHA was offering an online portal to report information on workplace injuries. Earlier this week, OSHA suspended use of the portal due to a possible security breach. At this time, OSHA reports that one employer’s data was affected and that the …

DOL will coordinate VETS-4212 with new EEO-1 reporting requirements (as much as it can).

Editor’s note: We apologize for our mistake. We recently published an article on the VETS-4212 and EEO-1 reporting from our partners at Constangy, et al and inadvertently used an article from 2016. The correct article is below. We’re sorry for any confusion this mistake may have caused.   The following is a blog published by y Angelique Groza Lyons …

Ask the Experts: Marijuana Use Policies

Question: Can we maintain a zero-tolerance marijuana use policy in our workplace if medical marijuana use is legal in the state? Answer: Yes, you can. Employers have an absolute right to maintain a drug-free workplace and do not have to allow or tolerate drug use or intoxication in the workplace. Although some states permit the use of marijuana for …

Federal Employment Law Update – August 2017

OSHA Injury Tracking Application Electronic Portal As of August 1, 2017, the Occupational and Safety Health Administration’s (OSHA) new electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), is available for employers to file web-based reports of workplace injuries or illnesses. Under OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, covered employers with at least 250 employees must submit the following forms electronically: Log of …

California Employment Law Update – August 2017

San Francisco Breastfeeding Ordinance On July 30, 2017, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee signed an ordinance (No. 137-17) requiring all San Francisco employers to provide a clean, comfortable place to pump breast milk. Employers must also: Create and implement a lactation accommodation policy. Inform employees of their rights to request and take breaks to pump. After January 1, 2019, …

Massachusetts Employment Law Update – August 2017

Pregnant Workers Fairness Act On July 27, 2017, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed legislation (H.B. 3680) to extend protections to pregnant workers in the Commonwealth. The legislation will prohibit workplace and hiring discrimination related to pregnancy and nursing, and requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for expectant and new mothers in the workplace. These accommodations include access to less strenuous …

New Jersey Employment Law Update – August 2017

Temporary Disability Benefits and Family Leave Insurance On July 21, 2017, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation (S.B. 3176) with respect to taxes paid by employees to the state disability benefits fund and the Family Temporary Disability Leave Account of that fund pursuant to the Temporary Disability Benefits Law. The law changes the year for which total benefit …

New York Employment Law Update – August 2017

NYC Fair Chance Act Final Regulations Effective October 27, 2015, the New York City’s Fair Chance Act (FCA) made it illegal for most New York City employers to ask about the criminal record of job applicants before making a job offer. In July 2017, the New York City Commission on Human Rights published final regulations to clarify the FCA …

Rhode Island Employment Law Update – August 2017

Minimum Wage Increases On August 3, 2017, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed legislation (H.B. 5175) increasing the state’s minimum wage rate to $10.10 per hour on January 1, 2018 and $10.50 per hour on January 1, 2019. The law took effect on August 3, 2017, except as otherwise provided. Read RI H.B. 5175 Source: Think HR Blog …

Time to Start Filing Your EEO-1 and VETS-4212 Reports

The following is a blog published by Louise Davies, an Affirmative Action Paralegal in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, office of Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP. It’s that time of the year! No, back-to-school is still a few weeks away. It’s time for employers to start filing their EEO-1 and VETS-4212 reports. The filing period for the EEO-1 and VETS-4212 Reports is …