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.
Providing disability-related leave for an employee is something that employers need to be very careful about. If the leave does not cause undue hardship for the employer, then the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) states that you generally have to grant the leave; however, not for an unlimited period of time. If you do not grant the leave even though it would not cause undue hardship, you could be sued.
Employers know that they must purchase insurance that will provide benefits to anyone under their employment that suffers a work related injury. This law provides protection for both parties; employers don't have to worry about being sued by an employee, and employees get the benefits that they need no matter who was at fault. This is just the first step, however, in protecting yourself and your company from workplace injury and unwanted lawsuits.
First of all, what is the law dictating the allowance of medical and family leave? The Family and Medical Leave Act was put into place in 1993 to help balance the demands of the workplace and the family or medical needs of employees. An employee is entitled to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a variety of reasons, but only under certain conditions. It is important for employers to remain vigilant when allowing or turning down an employee's request for leave in order to stay on the safe side of the law and keep the morale of their workplace healthy. Here are the 6 things you should verify as an employer to be sure that you are granting leave to the right people.