A new rule has been put in place that requires certain employees to submit their work-related accident and injury reports to OSHA electronically. This rule took effect on January 1, 2017. OSHA is not currently accepting electronic submissions. A proposal has been made to extend the start date beyond the current date of July 1, 2017. Updates will be posted on the OSHA website.
The dividing line between an employee and a contractor has been a controversial one for people involved in the gig economy, especially rideshare drivers. As of July 1, 2017, drivers in Florida will find their status finally solved. Governor Rick Scott announced on April 24 that he will sign a bill into law that deems rideshare drivers to be contractors.
A recent 2nd Circuit court ruling will affect how employers have to deal with employees who make profane comments about their place of employment or associated workers outside of work time. The April 21st ruling noted that an employee's Facebook rant, in which the employee used profanity to describe a supervisor, was protected speech because the employee was in the middle of union talks and then used the post's subject matter to promote the union. The employee had been fired for the rant, but the court's decision means that now, firing for a similar situation will not be the go-to option for employers.
Most employers are aware of the responsibility to treat their employees fairly, but did you know that the rules also extend to the interview and hiring process?