Yearly Archives

2019

The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Panel of Physicians: Are You Following the Rules?

By | Employment Law, Risk Management & Safety, Uncategorized, Workers' Compensation, Workplace Injuries

Most employers are aware of the Workers’ Compensation Panel and the requirement to have it completed and posted in each office. (A Workers’ Compensation Panel lists the authorized treating physicians selected by the employer for the purposes of treating injured workers.) Unfortunately, business owners often overlook the need to maintain it. In doing so, they put their business at risk. A valid Panel of Physicians must generally meet the following conditions at all times. To provide…

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ADA Alert: Wal-Mart Decision to Jettison Greeter Jobs for More Demanding Positions May Have Broad Repercussions

By | ADA, Best Practices, Employment Law, Harassment and Discrimination, Worker Disability

In March of this year, Wal-Mart made headlines when it announced more reductions in its “Greeter” position as part of an ongoing phase-out of Greeters in favor of “Customer Hosts,” whose positions are more physically demanding. Walmart told Greeters across the country that their positions would be eliminated. They were invited to reapply as Customer Hosts, a role that requires employees to be able to lift 25-pound packages, climb ladders and stand for long periods of…

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The Heat Is Coming – Are You and Your Workers Prepared?

By | Best Practices, Risk Management & Safety, Worker Disability, Workplace Injuries

The weather may have been cooler than normal for much of the spring, but that doesn’t mean it will last. This summer, the outlook for Atlanta and surrounding areas predicts above average temperatures – with especially warm weather in June.  That’s not good, because hot weather can be dangerous – especially if it is muggy. Moist air makes it harder for the body’s internal cooling mechanism (sweat) to do its job.Don’t take chances with the…

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Cannabis in the Workplace – It’s Decision-Making Time

By | Best Practices, Corporate culture, Driving Safety, Drugs in the Workplace, Employment Law, Worker Disability, Workplace Injuries

With cannabis (“pot”) having been decriminalized or legalized in more than 30 states—in many cases for recreational, personal use—employers are struggling with how to approach the issue. Cannabis has been touted as a medicinal aid for many conditions, from PTSD to Crohn’s disease, nausea, cancer, multiple sclerosis and more. Yet, cannabis can alter worker reaction times and cause other physical changes that could put the worker, the firm, and its customers at risk. In certain…

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The Future of Human Resources – What Does It Look Like?

By | Corporate culture, Employee Retention, Employment News, Hiring

Deloitte just debuted a fascinating study of human capital and how such innovations as artificial intelligence are altering the future of workforce hiring, training and retention. It’s definitely worth a read (or at least a browse) and site visitors can download it without providing company or personal information. “In 2019, an intensifying combination of economic, social, and political issues is forcing HR and business leaders to learn to…reinvent their organizations around a human focus,” the…

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Summer Interns – What Compensation Does the Law Mandate?

By | Affordable Care Act, Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Interns, Payroll, Policies and Procedures

If you are hiring – or have hired – summer interns, are you up to date on how you need to compensate them, if at all? Traditionally, most interns worked over the summer for the experience and to build their resumes. However, unpaid internships have come under more scrutiny in recent years, not only regarding wages but also for potential benefit eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. Historical guidance, as reflected in the Department of…

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Department of Labor Overtime Laws Are in Flux – And It May Get Much Worse!

By | Best Practices, Employment Law, Employment News, Policies and Procedures

Recently, a former Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) Administrator expressed concern for the new overtime rule that is working its way through the system. As we previously reported, in 2017 the Obama-era overtime rules were struck down by a court as invalid, leaving the Trump administration to make a determination about updating the rule. Former WHD Administrator Tammy McCutchen recently noted that the DOL’s planned timeline for finalizing the rule is…

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Marathon HR Sponsors Shredding Event

By | Best Practices

According to the calendar, spring is right around the corner. With the change of seasons, more sunshine and warmer temperatures comes the time-honored ritual of spring cleaning. In combination with the document overload from tax season, you may find yourself with the urge to purge. While we don’t advocate purging important and/or corporate or tax-related business documents less than seven years old, now is a great time to gather all the documents and other papers you…

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I-9 Forms of ID: A Great Tale About What’s Acceptable, or Not

By | Employment Law, Harassment and Discrimination, Hiring

Recently, one of our immigration lawyers sent us an update about a situation where a prospective employee couldn’t provide proper documentation for his I-9. The form of ID provided was an Allodial American National Identification Card, which is not an accepted form of identification listed on the I-9 instructions — and “Native American” is not a federally recognized tribe. She noted that applicants are not required to present social security cards for I-9 purposes, but…

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Working with Sick Employees—What Are Your Rights—and Theirs?

By | Corporate culture, Risk Management & Safety, Sick Leave, Worker Disability

With flu season peaking this month, you may be wondering what rights you have to control the workplace and its culture when employees might be sick. Do you encourage employees to go home when they are coughing and sneezing—even if they don’t want to? Do you intervene if your employees “sick shame” their peers, or do you consider it acceptable? Historically, employers have often worried more about employees taking off when they were not sick…

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