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Upcoming OSHA Rule Changes

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a new final rule revising its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation. The rule will require certain employers to electronically submit injury and illness data. It also prohibits employers from discouraging employees from making injury and illness reports. Anti-Retaliation…

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Department of Labor Penalty Increases

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In November of 2015, Congress passed the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act, requiring federal agencies to increase their civil penalties to account for inflation. Many agencies had not done so in more than a decade. This initial increase in rates is capped at 150 percent. Going forward,…

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Internships – Unpaid or Paid?

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Unpaid internships are permissible if they meet very specific criteria, but employers should proceed with extreme caution. The Department of Labor has a six-part test for determining whether interns may be unpaid. As a best practice, we recommend that you use unpaid interns only if all six of these criteria…

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Austin Passes “Ban the Box” Ordinance

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Yesterday, Austin’s city council passed what is considered a very controversial ordinance requiring private employers to remove “the box” on their employment applications requesting applicants to disclose whether they have a criminal history or not when applying for jobs with their company.   Over 100 cities across the country and a…

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