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HTMLHonesty Never Goes Out of Style
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 28, 2014
I didn't think so. The referenced case reminds us that an employer is unlikely to go to jail for even a fatality associated with willful OSHA violations but lying to the Feds, fabricating evidence and asking employees to lie for you will land you in jail ... and rightly so.

 

HTML2015 Policy Review and Revision: Employer Email
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 19, 2015
We’re going to comment on the numerous policies and rules which must be revised because of the NLRB’s many changes last year; especially during December 2014. Today, we’ll briefly discuss email.

 

HTMLTest Your Record Keeping (Part 5) - Top Errors in Completing the OSHA Recordkeeping Forms.
Tiffani Casey; Fisher Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014
Now that you have had some practice on what illnesses and injuries should be recorded on the OSHA recordkeeping logs, let's examine the most common errors we see when actually filling out the logs properly with that injury and illness information. While the OSHA 300 log appears simple on its face,...

 

HTMLNew York AG Proposes Legislation Regulating Payroll Cards.
Jason A. Storipan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015
Following his office’s 2013 investigation into payroll cards and release of a report on the issue in 2014, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently sent legislation regarding the use of payroll cards by employers to pay employees to the Legislature for consideration and action.

 

HTMLDon’t tell Me That It Couldn’t Happen at Your Workplace
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
One of my recurrent themes is that an employer should never assume that its managers and employees will not act foolishly and exercise bad judgment. Poor judgment results in experienced craft workers skipping a step and getting killed. Poor judgment results in employees or managers engaging in sex...

 

HTMLDHS Extends Employment Authorization Documents For Certain Dependent Spouses Of H-1B Visa Holders
Cynthia J. Yarbrough; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 24, 2015
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will allow H-4 dependent spouses of certain H-1B nonimmigrants to apply for employment authorization.

 

HTMLHouston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is Part of a Larger Trend Toward Local Government Action
Joseph W. Gagnon; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on February 19, 2015
Citing the absence of federal action, an increasing number of states and cities are enacting statutes and ordinances providing for greater workplace protections than those afforded by federal laws such as Title VII and the FMLA. This can create heightened compliance burdens for employers, as...

 

HTMLSoutheastern Auto Industry In OSHA's Sights?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014
Southeastern auto parts manufacturers need to stay on their toes. OSHA Region IV just announced $68,000 in citations against an Alabama metal stamping company that supplies oil pans, covers and parts for the auto industry. OSHA’s official press release emphasizes that the inspection was...

 

HTMLFlus, Pandemics, Paranoia and Common Sense
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 5, 2015
I recently read a fictional account of a 1918 flu-like pandemic which shut down basic services for an extended period. I come from a less conspiratorial perspective, but the Annapolis grad author raised some valid points and painted an all too vivid picture of how badly people might behave.

 

HTMLHIPAA' s Criminal Charges Pack a Heavy Punch
Alexa E. Miller; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 26, 2015, previously published on February 2, 2015
Almost all healthcare providers and health plan administrators are familiar with the detailed requirements of the privacy and security rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Violations can result in significant monetary penalties. But HIPAA violations can also...

 


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