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As the summer of 2016 comes to a close, it was a whirlwind of activity in the employee and compensation management industries. We at DecisionHR have been monitoring and tracking the flurry of activity the last few months, and our experts are here to consult with you on the many changes that may impact your business.

Here are some recent industry developments in which we can assist you:

OSHA Recordkeeping Rule

This new rule goes into effect on January 1, 2017, and recently there has been some guidance published on accident reporting and drug testing.

Heat Illness Can Be Deadly!

During hot weather body temperatures can rise to dangerous levels if you don’t drink enough water and rest in the shade. You can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job. Heat illnesses and deaths are preventable. DecisionHR has experts in OSHA-related issues and can help you plan and create a safe environment for your employees.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Continues to be a Critical Issue for Employers

The DecisionHR team has many years of expertise with FMLA. From understanding how to manage FMLA, preventing misuse by employees, and combating abuse, we can assist you with all of you FMLA needs.

California Continues to be ‘Ground Zero” for Labor Requirements and Legislation

Employers in California have had a year to fine-tune their policies implementing mandatory paid-sick-leave benefits for workers in the state, but ambiguities in the law have left some employers unsure if their policies measure up.

In addition, DecisionHR can also help you navigate the maze of California leave requirements
Administering employee leave ranks among the most vexing of challenges for employers, and for those operating in California the task is even more daunting. DecisionHR can help you address the patchwork of employee-friendly statutes, both state and local.

Fines for I-9 Violations Have Been Raised

Last month, the Department of Justice published that it would raise fines for I-9 violations (including employing unauthorized workers). The fines for these violations, which now range from

$110 – $1,100, are to be raised to $216 – $2,156 . . . double where they currently stand.

This rule became effective on August 1st, 2016. Let us assist you in re-examining your overall I-9 and E-Verify practices. DecisionHR is monitoring the timing of the new version of the I-9 – keep a look out from us for a webinar on how to navigate the new form.

2016 Continues to be the Most Expensive Year for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Compliance

For the ACA, there are 30,000 pages of guidance and numerous regulations and compliance requirements. The ACA brings new complexities to your business – let us guide you through the impact of the ACA and help you avoid any penalty triggers.

The summer is over but, as you can see, the potential changes and impacts to your business never end. DecisionHR takes pride in being the employment and compensation experts. We are here to assist and guide you through these issues. With DecisionHR, you are partnering with a company that has years of experience and dedicated professionals to address and exceed your needs.

Contact your HR Business Partner for information on these changes or any questions you may have.