Archive for August 2017

EEOC Reverts to Prior Version of EEO-1 Report for 2017

On August 29th, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) informed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) it was initiating a review and immediate stay of the pay data collection aspects of the EEO-1 form scheduled to become part of the new EEO-1 Report. Employers should plan to comply with the earlier approved EEO-1…

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DOL Considers Issuing New Overtime Rule

August 24, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published a request for information (RFI) regarding the overtime exemptions for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales and computer employees. The purpose of the RFI is to gather information from the public on 11 key issues before formulating a proposal to amend the Fair Labor…

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[Blog] Tornado Awareness: Are You Prepared?

August 22, 2017 – According to the National Weather Service, Midwestern states experience an average of 40 tornadoes per year. Knowing what to do in a severe weather situation can protect human, physical, and financial resources. This includes ensuring employees are properly protected during severe weather. Tornadoes are capable of occurring 7-8 months out of…

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[Blog] Electronic Logging Device Mandate: Beware of Citations

August 21, 2017 – With the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, we are finding enforcement is citing organizations for not abiding by the following requirements: Operating Instructions Instructions for how to operate the ELD unit should be obtained from the ELD provider and kept in the vehicle. Paper Logs Paper logs may only be used…

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[Blog] Time-Off Requests and Unplanned Absences During Astronomical Events

August 18, 2017 – A total solar eclipse will cross the continental United States on Monday, August 21. While a total eclipse will occur along a 70-mile-wide band including the states of Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois, the entire country will be able to experience a partial eclipse. Those in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas will…

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Workplace Investigations: Handling Employee Problems and Complaints

August 8, 2017 – On occasion in the workplace, serious issues will arise that either offend or endanger the safety of a company’s employees. Perhaps you’ve heard a complaint or report of misconduct similar to the examples below. “Every time I go into John’s office, he’s looking at pornography on the internet. It’s really starting…

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[Blog] Steps for Conducting and Documenting an Investigative Interview

August 3, 2017 – Investigations should be conducted by Human Resources anytime there is a reason to believe conduct has occurred that could lead to discipline of an employee or impose liability on the company. Use the following steps as a guide when conducting an investigative interview. 1. Preparing for Investigative Interviews Ensure you have…

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