What are whistleblower protections?

Whistleblowing occurs when an employee reports wrongdoing (dangerous, illegal, or unethical activity or practices by the company or its employees) either directly to the employer or to an outside authority. Many laws, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act,...

Law Alert: Annual OSHA Form 300A Posting

Annual OSHA Form 300A Posting Begins February 1, Expanded Electronic Reporting Due March 2 Form 300A Workplace Posting Begins February 1 Covered employers that had 11 or more employees at any point in 2023 are required to post Occupational Safety and Health...

Federal Law Alert: Federal DOL Reinstates Longstanding Independent Contractor Test

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a final rule independent contractor classification under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Beginning on March 11, 2024, the rule will effectively reinstate the longstanding version of the “economic...

Can we ask employees if they are taking any medications that may impair their abilities to do their job?

Answered by the HR Experts: Generally, no. The Americans with Disabilities Act restricts employers from asking medical questions of employees and protects the privacy of medical information. Asking about prescription medications would fall into the category of a...

Are we required to update our I-9s when the documentation used for them expires?

Answered by the HR Experts You would only update a Form I-9 if the expired document pertains to a limited period of employment authorization. You should never reverify U.S. citizens and, in most cases, lawful permanent residents (Green Card holders). However, if a...

My employees regularly forget to log out during their breaks and meal periods. I’ve told them countless times, and they just forget to do it. What can I do?

Answered by the HR Experts There are a few steps you can take to help your employees remember to clock out for breaks and meal periods: Ask employees why they’re forgetting. There may be contributing factors worth addressing. You can also ask for feedback on what may...