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31Jul 23

OSHA Issues Heat Hazard Alert

OSHA has issued a heat hazard alert to remind employers of their obligation to protect workers against heat illness or injury in outdoor and indoor workplaces. The department has made an announcement that OSHA will be stepping up its enforcement measures in areas where workers are prone to heat-related dangers. This will involve heightened inspections in industries with high risks like agriculture and construction. The implementation of these actions will complete the Heat National Emphasis Program, which was announced last…

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26Jul 23

Revised Version of Employment Eligibility Verification

On August 1, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will update Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Employers must start using the new version of Form I-9 by November 1, 2023. According to the USCIS announcement, the revised Form I-9 will: Reduce Sections 1 & 2 to a single-sided sheet; Be accessible to fill out on tablets and mobile devices; Move the Section 1 Preparer/Translator Certification to a standalone supplement to be provided to employees when necessary; Move Section 3…

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20Jul 23

The Federal Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Policy

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), is a new federal law that requires covered employers to provide “reasonable accommodations” to meet a worker’s known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. In most instances, it is likely that an employer has knowledge or visual confirmation of an employee's pregnancy. The solution is inexpensive, easily available, and likely minimally disruptive to the employer’s operation, not necessarily requiring the extensive interactive reasonable accommodation process mandated by the ADA. The Policy…

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18Jul 23

Louisiana Requires Leave for Genetic Testing and Cancer Screening

A new law has been created to go into effect at the beginning of August 1, 2023, in Louisiana. The new law states that most employers with 20 or more employees are required to provide one day of unpaid leave to employees for medically necessary genetic testing and preventative cancer screening. Employees must be allowed to use any accrued paid time off, such as vacation time, during their leave. Organizations such as educational institutions, nonprofits, and religious groups are exempt.…

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12Jun 23

Hurricane Safety & Preparation 2023

Hurricanes and tropical storms are powerful and destructive weather events that can wreak havoc on businesses and communities. As a business owner, it is crucial to be well-prepared and prioritize the safety of your employees, customers, and assets during such events.  We created essential tips and measures to help you effectively prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms, ensuring the continuity of your business operations and the safety of all involved. 1. Develop a Comprehensive Emergency Action Plan: Create a detailed…

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20Feb 23

General Updates 2/20/2023

Happy Mardi Gras! Below is an update from a good friend who continues to share important information I wanted to pass along.  More on IL BIPA The Illinois Supreme Court ruled recently that the Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) claims accrue each time data is unlawfully collected and disclosed rather than simply the first time. This now means that a claimant has the opportunity to seek a much higher amount of damages.   Again, be sure that your company is compliant!…

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25Jan 23

General Updates 1/25/2023

Happy New Year and Happy Carnival Season! We are touching base today to bring everyone up to speed on the latest HR trends. The Secure Act 2.0 passed in the Lame Duck Congress before the 117th congress convened for the first time earlier this year. In sum, The Secure Act 2.0 raised the amounts eligible for people to save through their 401k. A notable change focuses on individuals without a 401k currently, allowing tax credits for small businesses to start…

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21Jan 23

General Updates 12/12/2022

We hope everyone is ready for the holiday season! We want to wish you a very safe and happy holiday season. Delta has been focusing on year-end work preparation as well as benefits open enrollment for many of our clients. Below you will find a summary from a labor attorney practitioner based out of Atlanta. He is a professional friend of mine and keeps us up to date on what is happening on both the state and federal levels. NV…

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