Tag: OSHA

OSHA Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards On October 23, 2018 at the National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the preliminary top 10 most-frequently-cited workplace safety violations for 2018: Fall Protection — General Requirements (29 C.F.R. 1926.501): 7,270 citations Hazard Communication (29 C.F.R. § 1910.1200):…

OSHA’s Top 10 2018 Violations

OSHA released a preliminary list of its top 10 cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2018) last week at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in Houston. Patrick Kapust, deputy director of OHSA’s Directorate of Enforcement Programs, presented the list, encouraging employers to use it as…

DOL Delays Overtime Rule Until March 2019 In fall 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced that it intends to issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in March 2019 to determine the appropriate salary level for exemption of executive, administrative, and professional employees. The WHD stated that it is…

The Workplace Safety Practice Group at leading national labor and employment law firm (and ThinkHR strategic employment law partner) Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, explains OSHA’s recent clarification on its position on safety incentive policies and post-incident drug testing. In May 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration amended 29 CFR §1904.35 to prohibit employers…

We scour the web for interesting and actionable HR news and information, so you don’t have to. Here are 10 curated stories that caught our attention this month. Please Say Yes In today’s tight labor market, it’s becoming increasingly common for candidates to turn down offers. There are three key changes you can make to…

Question: We conduct hearing tests on employees and record any discovered hearing loss on our OSHA 300 log. Are we required to conduct tests on our temporary workers, and if so, should we report those hearing losses differently? Answer: “Temporary workers” are workers hired and paid by a staffing agency and supplied to a host…

IRS Permits Student Loan Repayment Benefit as Part of Employer’s 401(K) On August 17, 2018, the federal Internal Revenue Service released a private ruling letter (Number 201833012) concluding that an employer may amend its 401(k) plan to provide student loan repayments (SLR) nonelective contributions under the program without violating the “contingent benefit” prohibitions of 26…

On July 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the requirement to electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300 (Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses) and OSHA Form 301 (Injury and Illness Incident Report). The proposed rule applies only to establishments with 250 or more…

Preparation Aids Prevention

ThinkHR Chief Knowledge Officer Laura Kerekes writes a monthly “Innovative Workplace” column for Rough Notes, a publication that has been serving the insurance industry since 1878. While geared toward brokers, much of the information in her columns is applicable to human resources professionals. Enjoy her June column on workplace violence. Incidences of workplace violence are becoming…

Question: Which employers are required to maintain records of illnesses and injuries under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) recordkeeping and reporting regulations? Answer: Employers that had more than 10 employees at any time during the last calendar year are generally required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using…