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Department of Labor Releases 2016 State Unemployment Insurance Report American Staffing Association (02/26/16)  Toby Malara The 2016 State Unemployment Insurance Report has been released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Unemployment Insurance. As of the end of 2015, four states and jurisdictions (California, Connecticut, Ohio, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) still had outstanding loans… Read more »

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Employers May Be Held Liable for Employees’ Cyberbullying By Allen Smith  2/10/2016 If evidence of cyberbullying connects back to work, however tenuously, employers may be on the hook. A stand-alone cyberbullying policy may not be necessary to address the problem, according to Nathan Pangrace, an attorney with Roetzel & Andress in Cleveland. But harassment policies… Read more »

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PRESS RELEASE 2-11-16 EEOC Releases Fiscal Year 2015 Enforcement and Litigation Data Retaliation, Race Discrimination and Harassment Persist; Disability Charges Increase WASHINGTON – The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today released detailed breakdowns of the 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination that the agency received in fiscal year 2015. Retaliation charges increased by nearly 5 percent… Read more »

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When Does Off-Duty Use of Smartphones Result in Compensable Overtime? Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC USA   January 26, 2016 As you may already know, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) salary requirements for the white-collar exemptions under the Fair Labor Standard Act (“FLSA”) will be revised in 2016, making millions of additional employees eligible… Read more »

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Summertime Blues? Solicitor of Labor Eyes July Publication of Overtime Regs By Seyfarth Shaw LLP on February 1st, 2016 Posted in DOL Enforcement Authored by Alex Passantino Pinning down a publication date for the DOL’s final revisions to the white-collar exemption rules has proven difficult for anyone outside of the agency’s headquarters. Sometimes, the answer seems… Read more »

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Seven employment law trends to keep your eyes on for 2016 http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=af266729-4818-4b77-951d-3cd94369d37c Blog Employer Law Report Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP USA January 20 2016 2016 has arrived, marking the beginning of a year of political transition. While we cannot be certain what the upcoming Presidential election holds for 2017, we can expect to… Read more »

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Departments of Labor and Justice launch initiative to cooperate on investigation and prosecution of workplace safety violations From OSHA Quick Takes January 4, 2016, Volume 15, Issue 1 The Department of Labor and the Department of Justice have established a new initiative http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/departments-justice-and-labor-announce-expansion-worker-endangerment-initiative-address to prevent and deter crimes that jeopardize the lives and health of… Read more »

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Happy GPS Anniversary Karen Smith!   Karen, we appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to GPS over the last 17 years!  We all could not do ALL of our jobs without YOU! Enjoy your day, your way!

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OSHA: Protecting Temporary Workers   Temporary Worker Safety and Health – video from US Department of Labor   “Host employers need to treat temporary workers as they treat existing employees. Temporary staffing agencies and host employers share control over the employee, and are therefore jointly responsible for temp employee’s safety and health. It is essential… Read more »

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Employers must take their employees as they are – pre-existing conditions included Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP USA November 2 2015 Ohio law has long held that an employee’s particular health conditions, personal frailties and peculiar susceptibilities do not prohibit the employee from having a compensable work injury when the injury occurred in the… Read more »