JUNE 2019
HR & Safety ... News You Can Use
Hops and HR: Does my Craft Brewery Need an Employee Handbook?

In February 2019, Florida had 348 craft breweries.  Seven new breweries opened in February 2019, and there are many, many products to choose from.  Chances are, your craft beer operation is humming along and employees are busy building a great brand and delicious product.  The workplace has great energy, and employees are mostly getting along together.  HR seems to be on autopilot.  However, lately, you have noticed that there have been a few questions about company policy and you are hiring more often...Read the full article.  

Can I Hold a Final Paycheck Until the Return of Company Equipment in Florida?

In Florida, a terminating employee must be paid their final paycheck no later than the next regularly scheduled pay date.  So, if your company pays bi-weekly, an employee leaving employment (either through termination or voluntary quit) must be paid on the next pay date.  So, holding a paycheck is not permissible...   How to Get Company Equipment Back
Hurricane Season.  We're In It.

According the the folks at the National Hurricane Survival Initiative: Forty percent of small businesses that close due to hurricane damage do not reopen. In order to prevent your business from being another statistic, it is critical to prepare now.   The three key factors of small business preparedness.  Read more about how to build your hurricane action plan using some resources from Liberty Mutual and from Chubb Insurance
Naples Construction Site Inspection results in penalties of $220,000 to 4 contractors

NAPLES, FL - After investigating a serious employee fall, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited four Florida-based residential construction contractors for exposing employees to various safety hazards. The four companies received 12 citations collectively, totaling $220,114 in proposed penalties.  Read the citations for   Southern Living Contractors Inc. Crown Roofing LLC Paramount Drywall Inc ., and  Sunny Grove Landscaping and Nursery Inc .
Are you ready for an OSHA inspection?  Call Consultstu if your small business needs assistance with OSHA compliance.
Pay Data Collection Update

The EEOC expects a web based portal for the collection of 2017 and 2018 Component 2 data will be active by mid-July 2019.  Click here for the URL for the Component 2 portal.  Please note that the portal is not yet open.  The EEOC will be notifying filers prior to the launch of the portal and providing FAQs and other materials to assist filers with the submission of Component 2 data.  The EEOC expects that a helpdesk will be fully operational starting on about June 17, 2019.  The contact information for the helpdesk is as follows: toll free (877) 324-6214 and  email:  EEOCcompdata@norc.org.
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