Are Your Employment Law Policies in Compliance?

HR Counselor's Corner

Employment and labor laws are constantly changing and evolving. Completing an HR Assessment can ensure legal compliance with federal and state employment laws, regulations and HR best practices. Performing the assessment will not only help you measure risk and legal compliance, but also identify areas in need of process improvements – all of which could threaten the continued success of your business. .

Court: HIPAA Violations are Grounds for Termination

HR Daily Advisor

The Kentucky Court of Appeals recently upheld the termination of a nurse who unintentionally disclosed a patient’s confidential health information while she was conducting a procedure. Michelle,” a registered nurse, was employed by Norton Audubon Hospital. The patient, who had been diagnosed with hepatitis C, was situated in an examination area behind a privacy curtain. The court found no evidence that Norton had asked Michelle to violate the law.

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NLRB judge strikes down termination based on HIPAA violation

Ohio Employer's Law

HIPAA. Five letters that strike fear into the heart of anyone that handles employee medical information. That is, anyone except an NLRB judge passing judgment on whether an employer was justified in firing a union-supporting employee for clear HIPAA violations. The judge concluded that the employee’s HIPAA violation did not strip her of the Act’s protection. HIPAA isn’t the only law that mandates the confidentiality of medical information.

Top 5 Compliance Concerns for Remote Employees

Tandem HR

After you’ve determined which roles are eligible for flexible work arrangements, consider the impact of federal, state, and local laws to protect your company against litigation or fines. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects health information.

Compliance Checklist: Federal Employment Laws You Need To Know At Every Stage Of Your Company’s Growth

Zenefits

Here’s a quick checklist of some major federal laws you’ll need to tackle at different employee thresholds in your growth. Employers must properly classify and pay employees a corresponding minimum wage, while following overtime and child labor standards. Employers may only hire those who can legally work in the United States and must maintain up-to-date I-9 forms for all employees. Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) , via DoL.

Anti-Vax Nurse Leaks Measles Diagnosis, Leads Texas Hospital to Say No Social Media Privacy

HR Daily Advisor

With the advent of social media, a significant number of people have lost their jobs. From Roseanne Barr to James Gunn, the list of people with online mishaps runs long and deep. A few weeks ago, a Texas Children’s Hospital nurse joined the roster after she allegedly shared a Facebook post about a young patient who may have contracted measles while overseas. In a subsequent post—which has since been deleted—the nurse sought to retract some of her statements.

The Final Two: South Dakota, Alabama Pass Breach Notification Laws

HR Daily Advisor

Every state in the Union now has some type of law in place requiring companies to notify affected individuals of a data breach involving their information. South Dakota and Alabama, the final holdouts, enacted such measures in March. Under the Alabama Data Breach Notification Act (SB 318), signed March 28 by Gov. The law also requires all of these covered entities to implement “reasonable security measures” to prevent such breaches. South Dakota Law.

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That time Justin Bieber’s “L’il Biebers” caused a sex discrimination lawsuit

Ohio Employer's Law

File this one under the category of I can’t make this stuff up. Apparently, Justin Bieber’s testicles are at the center of a recently filed sex discrimination lawsuit. Now, New York employment attorney David H. Rosenberg tells Billboard that his client Kelly Lombardo, a former staffer at Northwell, was fired over accusations that she illegally accessed Bieber’s medical file during the May 18, 2017 visit.

Plan Must Cover Room, Board for Residential Mental Health Treatment

HR Daily Advisor

Because a group health plan covered room and board expenses for stays at skilled nursing facilities, the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) required it to do so for residential mental health treatment facilities as well, a federal appeals court ruled in Danny P. The plan also covered mental health services, including licensed “residential treatment facilities” that deal with mental health disorders. After exhausting the plan’s administrative remedies, Danny P.

Answers to Questions About Vaccine Policy for the Workplace

Intoo USA

Last week, Caroline Vernon, Intoo’s Career Transition Practice Leader, spoke with employment attorney Kate Bischoff to get answers to the many questions facing employers about COVID-19 vaccine policy. . Kate addressed the following questions: . COVID-19 HR HR law

HR Compliance: What is HR’s Role in Ensuring Compliance

Netchex HR Blog

HR must help their companies stay up-to-date on all local and federal laws and regulations, as well as industry standards and best business practices. By creating and following internal guidelines centered around compliance, HR can ensure the organization is safe from audits, fines, lawsuits, and other negative impacts to the business. Learn more about HR compliance and discover the important role HR plays in overall compliance for your organization.

WIRTW #410 (the “odd jobs” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

What is the oddest job in America? It might be the folks who blur to the naughty bits on Discovery Channel’s Naked and Afraid. From The Seattle Times : “This is a totally weird work environment,” said Shaun O’Steen, the 45-year-old leader of the team, which calls itself the Blur Man Group. “I What We Can Learn From the U.S. via Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, at Inc.

WIRTW #449 (the “do-over” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Whether you are left or right, blue or red, liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican, it’s hard to argue that the first 28 days of POTUS 45 have been anything other than a dumpster fire. It culminated over the past 48 hours with Trump’s bizarre press conference , and withdrawal of his nominee for Labor Secretary, Andy Puzder. He nominated someone eminently qualified to run the Department of Labor. Alexander Acosta will become the next Secretary of Labor.

Which Employer Mandates Are on Trump’s Chopping Block?

HR Daily Advisor

Employers can expect some relief from federal requirements under the Trump administration, especially those put in place under President Obama. New pay reporting requirements and the overtime rules almost certainly are doomed, as are new requirements for contractors, attorneys from Fortney & Scott predicted during a recent webinar. Republicans’ 52–48 position in the Senate also bodes well for Trump’s nominees. Labor and Employment Specifics. EEO Law.

Answers to Questions About Vaccine Policy for the Workplace

Intoo USA

Last week, Caroline Vernon, INTOO’s Career Transition Practice Leader, spoke with employment attorney Kate Bischoff to get answers to the many questions facing employers about COVID-19 vaccine policy. . Kate addressed the following questions: . COVID-19 HR HR law

Accommodating essential staff through COVID-19

Business Management Daily

Accommodating essential staff during the COVID-19 national emergency is your most pressing challenge now, and in the weeks to come. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly already received thousands of employee complaints.

Employer compliance must-do’s for every small business

Genesis HR Solutions

For a small business owner, employer compliance is just one of many things on a very long to-do list. However, compliance is no simple matter—keeping up with the latest federal and state business laws is much easier said than done. From COBRA and HIPAA to the ACA, it can be hard to navigate through the alphabet soup to ensure employer compliance with regulations. Employer compliance continues to be a pain point for organizations of all sizes.

Don’t Accidentally Give Thieves Access to Your Computer Systems

HR Daily Advisor

If you follow the latest cybersecurity news, you are certainly aware of the Apple-FBI legal dispute in California. The dispute concerns purported “back doors” into iPhones as well as attempts to “hack” secure mobile devices. While the federal government’s dispute with Apple has been resolved (for now), the threat of criminals and other ne’er-do-wells stealing our private information through hacking, “cracking,” and exploiting back doors is very much on the public’s mind.

What to include in employee personnel files?

HR Digest

Keeping a record of an employees’ lifecycle documents of their employment journey within an organization has become a must due to the digitization of all decision-making. No personal commentary or sidenotes should make it to the file. 3) Determine who all can access the files.

The increased need for HR risk management tools

PeopleStrategy

Issues directly and indirectly caused by the COVID-19 pandemic made many aspects of running a business and managing employees significantly more complicated. Assess the risks for your business. HR leaders’ careful oversight is key to risk management now and in the long term.

The Source: Weekly Roundup – April 15th, 2019

PlanSource

Welcome to The Source, your one-stop-shop for the latest and greatest HR and benefits news. Start off your week on a high note with The Source! In this week's edition, we discuss important employment law updates that you should be watching, how to use social media for recruiting, the new trend of 'adulting' benefits and more! Get ‘The Source’ sent directly to your inbox! Alexa, can you spell HIPAA?

Not Ready to Mandate the Vaccine? Here Are Some Alternatives that May Encourage It

HR Counselor's Corner

Since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, many of our employers have been giving more thought to mandating vaccination of their employees. Examples of incentives are a bonus or extra paid time off. Time Off Will Be Unpaid.

HR services for small business

Tandem HR

Rarely do you find a business started for the sheer thrill of processing payroll or because hiring and firing people is a hobby. Nor does anyone start a business for the excitement they feel when complying with employment law. Processing payroll, benefits shopping, employee relations, and a host of other HR services for small business are obligations of employers, not options. This allows owners and executives to spend their valuable time growing the business.

Top 6 Hidden HR Compliance Requirements for OSHA’s New Vaccine Mandate ETS

Ascentis

When OSHA published the new Vaccine Mandate Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) in the Federal Register on November 5, 2021 – all 490 pages of it – the broad strokes of compliance were as expected and previously announced by President Biden.

Christina M. Reger: “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started”

Thrive Global

As a part of my series about “5 things I wish someone told me when I first became an attorney” I had the pleasure of interviewing Christina M. After years as partner at a boutique commercial litigation firm in Philadelphia, Tina left to create her own firm specializing in employment law.

7 Top HR Mistakes Companies Make

Insperity

It’s easy to ignore the human resources side of your business when things are flowing smoothly. Relations with employees can be enjoyable and fulfilling or time-consuming and terrifying, depending on the situation. Being proactive in the area of HR, recognizing and rectifying HR mistakes before they become serious problems, can save you countless headaches and protect your business against costly legal claims. Make sure you’re retaining the right records.

The Complete HR Compliance Glossary

Zenefits

Click on any of the letters below to jump to words that start with that letter. A regulation managed through the DoL requiring employers to create programs and provide reporting demonstrating that they actively recruit, hire, and train covered veterans, disabled persons, minorities, and women.

3 proven ways PEOs keep your business momentum going strong

Insperity

Having time to focus on the vital revenue-generating responsibilities of running your business can seem like a never ending challenge. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day administrative tasks that it takes to keep your business running and lose sight of your moneymaking initiatives. Here are three ways a PEO can help keep you from getting side-tracked and support you in making your business the best it can be. Do you know how the Fair Labor Standards Act affects you?

It’s the last thing you want to hear at your employee-client’s deposition

The Employer Handbook

Yesterday, at approximately 5:18 PM EDT, all of the associates at my law firm received the same email. “ You will learn something from him nearly every day of the week,” wrote my partner. Plaintiff Linda Diane Cobb filed a race discrimination lawsuit against the State of Tennessee. For example… the two co-workers were allegedly allowed to switch desks whenever they wanted, but Ms. Baker allegedly yelled across the room at Ms.

WIRTW #453 (the “Oxford comma” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

Who knew that the l’il ol’ Oxford comma was so controversial? I would have never dreamed that yesterday’s post on the importance of its omission in a wage/statute would generate so much feedback, or that people feel so passionately about its use or non-use. To gauge exactly how you feel about the Oxford comma, I’ve designed a quick, one-question survey. Take a moment, and click “yes” or “no” on whether one should use the Oxford comma when writing.