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BLS PUBLISHES FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURIES FOR 2012

September 10, 2013

Preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries just released show a reduction in the number of fatal work injuries in 2012 compared with 2011. Last year, 4,383 workers died from work-related injuries, down from a final count of ...

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IRS TIPS ON DETERMINING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR STATUS

September 6, 2013

The IRS has released new information to help employers correctly determine whether the individuals providing services are employees or independent contractors. Employers are required to withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages ...

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HIPAA FINAL RULES TAKE EFFECT SEPTEMBER 23

August 22, 2013

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final rule to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information established under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The final omnibus rule greatly ...

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HEALTH CARE COSTS SUBSIDY CALCULATOR

August 21, 2013

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released an online subsidy calculator that allows individuals to get an estimate of what their health care premiums and savings might be on an Insurance Marketplace plan. The calculator was created by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit research ...

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EMPLOYER TO PAY $302,000 FOR HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION

August 19, 2013

A home healthcare provider has agreed to pay $302,500 in back pay and damages to settle a discrimination lawsuit filed against it by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The suit was filed when the company terminated three women who had complained of sexual harassment by their ...

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NEW OSHA RULE TO LIMIT WORKER EXPOSURE TO SILICA

August 16, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a proposed rule aimed at curbing lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in workers. The proposal seeks to lower worker exposure to crystalline silica, ...

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VETS 100/100A REPORTS DUE SEPTEMBER 30

August 13, 2013

The filing deadline for VETS-100 and VETS-100A reporting is September 30, 2013. The Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) annually collects from federal contractors and subcontractors the number of employees in their workforces, by job category and ...

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NLRB HAS FIVE SENATE CONFIRMED MEMBERS

August 9, 2013

For the first time in a decade, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has a full quota of five Senate confirmed members. Four new members, all nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed last month by the U.S. Senate, have been sworn into office. NLRB Chairman Mark Gaston Pearce was ...

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DECEMBER 1ST HAZARDOUS COMMUNICATIONS TRAINING DEADLINE

August 5, 2013

As previously reported , in 2012 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) revised its “Hazard Communication Standard,” aligning it with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. Under the revised standard, employers are required to train employees on the ...

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AVOIDING DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS IN THE HIRING PROCESS

July 29, 2013

Employment discrimination lawsuits continue to demonstrate an upward trend of EEOC’s charge filings and litigation. At the same time, these cases offer warning examples to employers on how to avoid lawsuits. Three recent hiring discrimination lawsuits involving male employees, female ...

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