April 2019 marked the official 18th anniversary of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). With the recent #MeToo movement, sexual assault and sexual harassment issues have never been such a large part of our national conversation. Our YouTube channel contains an in-depth 1-hour webinar on the important issue of sexual harassment in the workplace which you can view here.
This month, however, we want to give attention to the correlation between workplace sexual harassment and workplace violence.
On May 18, 2018, OSHA issued an internal memorandum to its regional administrators outlining procedures for the use of “drones” during inspections. Despite the fact this memorandum was issued nearly a year ago, very little is known about the practical impact on enforcement activities. Employers need to remember that OSHA does not have unlimited search authority.Read more
The 6th annual National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls will take place the week of May 6-10, 2019. Falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction employees, yet each one is preventable. The stand-down is a voluntary opportunity for employers to pause work and have a conversation with workers about fall hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies, goals and expectations.Read more
On February 25, 2019, the United States Supreme Court remanded a case captioned Yovino v. Rizo to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In Yovino, the Ninth Circuit held that a company’s utilization of a female employee’s prior salary as a factor in paying her less than a male counterpart violated the Equal Pay Act.Read more
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued its highly anticipated overtime rule, raising the minimum salary threshold required for workers to qualify for the Fair Labor Standard Act’s (FLSA) white-collar exemptions to $35,308 per year. The rule will boost the standard salary level from $455 to $679 per week.
The FLSA requires employers to pay employees overtime pay for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.
On March 14, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor released new opinion letters that addressed compliance issues related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). An opinion letter is an official, written opinion by the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division on how a particular law applies to a specific circumstance.
The newest FMLA opinion letter clarifies whether employers can let workers take paid leave in lieu of FMLA Leave.