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Anatomy of an Effective Employee Handbook

Even though an employee handbook is not required by state or federal employment law, your employee handbook could be one of your business' most valued documents. A well-crafted handbook can provide a clear presentation of your organization's benefits, policies and standards which can have a positive impact on employee morale, loyalty and productivity.


What's New in 2015

OSHA's New Hospitalization and Reporting Requirements


Employers covered by federal OSHA regulations have new reporting requirements as of January 1, 2015. The new regulations require employers to report to OSHA within 24 hours of an incident leading to an employee's hospitalization for in-patient treatment, amputation or loss of an eye. Previously, employers were required to report the hospitalization of three or more workers within eight hours, but reporting amputations or eye losses were not a requirement.


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Award Program to Pay Tribute to HR Executives

Rochester Business Journal
February 20, 2015
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During a workshop a few years ago, a senior vice president of human resources introduced herself as the person responsible for managing 70 cents of every dollar that flows through her corporation. She also noted that the investment in human resources – including recruiting, payroll, employment taxes, benefits, employee relations, and training and development– is typically the single largest expense for a business.  In two short sentences, she effectively conveyed the significance of HR’s role in business today.

OFCCP Proposes Annual Compensation Data Collection

On August 8, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requiring Federal contractors and subcontractors to submit an annual report of summary data on employee compensation. The proposed report relies on flawed data from W-2 forms and industry comparisons to prioritize employers for investigation of compensation violations.


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