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Retail Employer Workplace News - Summer 2016

  • July 8, 2016

Labor Department Amends Overtime Regulations for ‘White Collar’ Workers

Retailer employers must prepare for the dramatic changes imposed by the Department of Labor’s updated regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act governing overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, and professional employees, commonly known as the “white collar exemptions” or “EAP exemptions.” The changes include raising the salary level from $23,660 ($455 per week) to $47,476 ($913 per week) beginning December 1, 2016. Read more…

(Complimentary webinar: DOL Final Ruling on “White Collar” Exemptions)

Alcohol-Related Workplace Injuries Recordable, OSHA Says

Employers are not exempt from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s reporting rule for on-the-job injuries linked to alcohol intoxication even though the injured employee’s consumption of alcoholic beverages took place off the job, OSHA advised. Read more…

Employers May See Higher OSHA Fines Sooner than Expected

August 1, 2016, is the effective date for imposition of higher fines by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but violations alleged in inspections occurring as recently as this February may be subject to the increased fees, according to OSHA. Read more…

New Workplace Injuries, Illnesses Rule Mandates Electronic Information Submission, Bars Retaliation

Revising its Recording and Reporting Occupational Injuries and Illnesses regulation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” rule has two main elements: (1) requiring electronic submission of employer occupational injury and illness data to OSHA, and (2) facilitating employee reporting of work-related injuries or illnesses by mandating accessible procedures and barring employers from setting policies that (in OSHA’s view) inhibit employees from reporting injuries and illnesses or punish them for doing so. Read more…

Employers with Warehouse and Outdoor Employees, Take Note: New Guidance on Heat and Hot Environments

In the first revision in 30 years of its criteria document on workers’ exposure to heat and hot environments, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed ceiling limit recommendations for acclimatized and un-acclimated workers, but has left untouched its recommended exposure and alert limits. Read more…

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