|March 1, 2016 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Many employers maintain policies prohibiting employees from using cell phones and other recording devices at work. The reasons for such policies range from maintaining productivity, to protecting customer and employee privacy, to eliminating the way that recording devices limit the free and candid flow of workplace exchanges.
Starting January 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implemented significant changes to its case-handling process. As a result, all employers who draft and submit position statements in response to Charges of Discrimination will want to consider altering your practices to adapt to these changes.
Traffic accidents are the number one killer of employees in the United States. There is a vehicle crash every 2.5 seconds, a vehicle-related injury every 19 seconds, and a vehicle-related fatality every 11 minutes. According to the most recent data available, more than 32,000 people died and an additional 2.3 million people were injured in traffic accidents in 2014 alone.
Will your company be playing the H-1B lottery this year? Federal immigration authorities will be accepting employer petitions in early April 2016, and although only 85,000 H-1B visas will be allotted, over 300,000 petitions are expected to be submitted. Read the web exclusive article “The H-1B Lottery: Hoping For The Best, Planning For The Worst” to help plan your strategy and develop backup options by clicking here or visiting laborlawyers.com/Knowledgecenter.
The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) is one of the newer federal anti-discrimination laws in the country, and one that requires employers to tread carefully when it comes to employee medical information. If you are not familiar with the law, the time is now to get caught up, especially because the coming year is bound to see important changes impacting your employment practices.