Risk Mitigation

Company to pay $1.5 million over death of temporary worker

|November 18th, 2020|

An auto parts manufacturer, which entered a guilty plea in a criminal case over the 2016 death of a temporary worker at its facility in Alabama, was fined $500,000 and agreed to pay an additional $1 million.
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In good faith: Developing an effective and compliant diversity initiative

|October 28th, 2020|

Pursuing diversity requires flexibility. Affirmative action goals established should be flexible targets, not rigid quotas, maintains the DOL’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance. How to approach developing an initiative.
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Crafting diversity initiatives? Tap legal before moving forward

|October 14th, 2020|

Wells Fargo and Microsoft’s diversity hiring plans prompt letters from the Labor Department’s stating their actions could, in fact, be discriminatory. Setting quotas or specific numbers runs afoul of federal affirmative action laws.
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IC classification: Labor Department announces proposed rule

|September 23rd, 2020|

The US Department of Labor has proposed a rule to clarify who is an employee versus an independent contractor under the Fair Labor Standards Act, aiming for a final rule by year’s end.
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California buyer and staffing firm cited for failing to protect workers from Covid-19

|September 16th, 2020|

A frozen-food manufacturer and its staffing provider each face more than $200,000 in proposed penalties for failing to protect hundreds of employees from Covid-19.

Beer brand Sam Adams may share liability in temp’s discrimination suit

|September 9th, 2020|

Sam Adams must face temp worker’s racial discrimination lawsuit after judge finds potential for the company to share liability with its staffing provider.
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Senate releases $1 trillion coronavirus relief proposal

|July 29th, 2020|

The legislation includes liability protection for businesses, reductions in unemployment subsidies, additional funding for Paycheck Protection Program loans and more.
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Health screening required when returning to the office; some tools

|July 22nd, 2020|

Companies are preparing for the return to the office, and many workers not only appear on board, but are prepared to comply with mandatory testing. An SIA editor takes a look at a few products in the market.
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Title VII workplace protections cover LGBTQ workers

|June 17th, 2020|

Supreme Court ruling in a landmark civil rights suit protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination.
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Direct sourcing: Don’t overlook ICs as a talent pool

|June 10th, 2020|

How to accommodate stakeholders’ requests for independent contractors without treating them like staff aug.
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