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Clarification of OSHA’s Position on Workplace Safety Incentive Programs and Post-Incident Drug Testing Under 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv)

On May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule that, among other things, amended 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35 to add a provision prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.  See 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv). In the preamble to the final rule and post-promulgation interpretive documents, OSHA discussed how the final […]

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Attention: Employers with Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Compliance Obligations Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2019

Attention: Employers with Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Compliance Obligations Random Drug Testing Rate Increase Effective January 1, 2019 Although no Federal Register Notice has been published to date, it has come to our attention that on October 17, 2018, the Federal Transit Administration issued a “Dear Colleague” letter as attached announcing that effective January […]

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Alert: Marijuana/Cannabis is Now Legal in Canada

As appears on headlines across Canada, as publicized in the United States, and likely in many other countries across the globe, Marijuana is now legal in Canada.  Effective October 17, 2018, the Cannabis Act https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/C-24.5/ legalizes possession and non-medical use of cannabis for adults across Canada. The Act also creates a legal framework to control […]

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California Employers: Pay Special Attention

Unique consumer protection laws could impact your hiring and employment screening processes The Golden State has long been a leading proponent of strict consumer privacy and protection legislation. If you’re a California employer, have employees who work who live in the state, or you collect personal information about California residents, take a minute to review […]

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Fleet Alert: Unified Carrier Registration Period Delayed Indefinitely

In August we sent you an Alert that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had announced plans to reduce the 2019 annual Unified Carrier Registration fees, but because the fees have not been finalized, the FMCSA has delayed the start of the 2019 UCR registration period indefinitely. Once the fees, which are likely going to […]

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Fleet Alert: Driver Qualification Files Reminder

As you know, federal regulations require that motor carriers are maintain a Driver Qualification (DQ) file for each of their commercial motor vehicle drivers. The purposes of DQ files is to contain, in one place, all support showing that the driver is fully qualified to operate the commercial vehicle, and therefore carriers should ensure that […]

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Tax Alert: Potential New Credit for Employers Impacted by Hurricane Florence

The Hurricane Florence Tax Relief Act was recently proposed via House Bill 6854. If passed, this Bill would create a tax credit for businesses located in the Hurricane Florence Disaster Zone that experienced inoperability as a result of the storm. The potential credit would be 40% of up to $6,000 in wages paid to employees […]

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Attention: Connecticut Medical Marijuana Order with possible impact(s) for your workplace testing program

By: Josephine Elizabeth Kenney, J.D., MBA –HR Chief Global Compliance Officer First Advantage Review and Update: Order On Cross Motions for Summary Judgment – Connecticut Federal Court District of Connecticut Order Summary for Review: First: What is a Cross Motion for Summary Judgment anyway? Black’s Law Dictionary defines summary judgment as: A judgment granted on […]

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Tax Alert: Nevada WOTC Processing Improvements

The state of Nevada, which currently has the largest backlog of unprocessed Forms 8850, is automating their Work Opportunity Tax Credit processing system. This improvement will greatly improve the speed it takes to verify records necessary to qualify for certain categories of WOTC eligible populations.   This improvement, via a new software platform, is meant […]

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