OSHA issues crowd-control safety tips for retailers

Eight days from today is the legendary BLACK FRIDAY, the day when most retailers start their holiday sales. Across the nation, shoppers are making lists, researching store hours, and resting up for the big event. Store owners are stocking shelves, filling the cash drawers, and greasing the wheels of the shopping carts. With everyone focused on sales sales sales – who is thinking about the employees?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a crowd-control and safety fact sheet that will help you keep your employees safe while shoppers sprint to get their hands on the hottest items in your store. To read OSHA’s crowd-control safety fact sheet, click here.


The best bonus you can give… and it’s FREE!

In 2007, Towers Perrin conducted a study of 90,000 employees worldwide and found that the number one thing employees wanted was a belief that senior management was interested in his or her well-being. Really!

To read more about this finding and learn what else will satisfy your employees, click here to read “One More Time: What Do People Want at Work?” by Steve Roesler of the All Things Workplace blog.

Should you become Facebook “friends” with your employees?

It may seem harmless to request your employee’s friendship on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, but experts are saying it’s rife with legal liability. Because religious affiliation, ethnicity, political affiliations, age, health problems, and more are available on these sites, claims of harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination are more likely to hold weight. Not to mention claims of favoritism if the boss only requests friendship from a select few.

Our partners at Cozen O’Connor  have contributed to “Lawyers warn: Bosses who ‘friend’ are begging to be sued” by Tresa Baldas, published in the National Law Journal. Click here to read the article.

Penalties for not maintaining I-9s

In August 2009, the chief of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the agency was set to increase the number of audits and would impose fines and penalties on violators. If you’re wondering what this might mean for your company and want insight on what you can do to safeguard youself, read “Where Are Your I-9s? Can’t Seem to Find Them? Tell it to the Judge!” by our partners at Ogletree Deakins. Click here to read the article.

Family and Medical Leave amendments

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010. The Act mainly addresses defense spending, but small changes to the FMLA were included, specifically to the “Exigency” Leave and Injured Servicemember Leave provisions. The changes are not major, but they may require you to update your FMLA policy.

Our partners at Bass Berry & Sims  have covered these changes in “National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 – FMLA Amendment”. Click here to read the article.