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OSHA Orders Company to Pay Nearly $1M to Drivers Who Raised Safety Concerns

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently found that an asphalt paving company wrongfully terminated a foreman and two truck drivers who raised safety concerns after they were directed to violate mandated hours of service for commercial truck drivers set by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The company was ordered to reinstate […]

Aug 28 2014 - Workplace Policies, Workplace Safety - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Safe Driving Is Good Business

If any of your employees drive as part of the work they perform for you, you might want to keep these statistics in mind: Did you know that more than one-quarter of all driving accidents involve someone who is driving for work? Did you know that between 2003 and 2010, on average, 1,275 workers died […]

Aug 27 2014 - Health and Safety, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Why Employee Benefits Matter

Smart employers realize that benefit options matter to their employees. The majority of employees (80 percent) believe their overall benefits package influences their engagement with their job and their company, according to the 2014 Aflac WorkForces Report. Employees rank benefits higher than employers generally do. For instance, 77 percent of employees report that benefits are […]

Aug 26 2014 - Benefits, Workplace Policies - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

New Affirmative Action Proposal for Federal Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a proposed rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual “Equal Pay Report” on employee compensation to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). This report would apply to companies that: File the EEO-1 report;  Have more than 100 employees; and  Hold federal contracts […]

Aug 25 2014 - Discrimination - Gail Cecchettini Whaley Read More »

Legislation Clarifying Health Care Waiting Period Requirements Signed into Law​​​​

California Chamber of Commerce-supported legislation that will resolve confusion between state and federal rules governing health care enrollment waiting periods has been signed into law. The bill, SB 1034 (Monning; D-Carmel; Chapter 195), eliminates confusion for employers by deleting certain provisions of California law related to waiting period limitations for health care coverage and clarifying that employer-imposed waiting […]

Aug 21 2014 - Health Care Reform - HRWatchdog Read More »