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Newsletter                                 January 2018
OSHA Posting Requirement

Each February through April, OSHA requires employers to post a summary of the injuries and illnesses recorded the previous year.  The records must be maintained at the worksite for at least five years. There is now a new requirement for employers to submit this information electronically to OSHA. This will make workplace injury and illness information publicly available. This change in OSHA's rulemaking requirements will improve safety for workers across the country. Continue
New Minimum Wage in 2018

Many states will see an increase in minimum wage in 2018. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, per the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), but the FLSA does not supersede any state or local laws that are more favorable to employees. This means, employers are required to pay employees the higher, more favorable wage depending on their state or local minimum wage rate. The minimum wage for federal contractors in 2018 is $10.35 per hour.  Continue
New Breastfeeding Laws for Employers

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie just signed 40 bills into law this past week; one of which would bar any type of discrimination against breastfeeding employees. The new law now requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations for their nursing employees.
This new law went into effect January 8 in New Jersey making it so employers cannot refuse to hire someone because they are nursing. They are also not able to fire employees because of breastfeeding or "discriminate against them in compensation and other terms, conditions, or privileges of employment on the ground that they are breastfeeding. You are likewise prohibited from treating women employees you know or should know are 'affected by breastfeeding' less favorably-for example, with respect to workplace accommodation and leave policies-than employees not so affected but similar in their ability or inability to work" per Fisher Phillips.  Continue
January HR Checklist

Post OSHA log:
If your organization is required to post the 300 log, make sure it is posted by February 1.
Streamline and Improve HR processes:
With the new year, set a goal to focus on leveraging technology, reducing re-work, benefit enrollment processes, electronic on-boarding, to name a few.  At HR Partners, we have technology to assist you with each of these areas. 
Prioritize Professional Development and Leadership Training
Make 2018 the year to focus on helping your managers be better leaders and make sure they are properly trained in areas of compliance and interviewing. 

At HR Partners, our training experts deliver comprehensive programs on specific issues such as sexual harassment, interviewing skills, equal employment opportunity, employee benefits and compensation, FMLA and more.  We would love to assist you with training classes this year.

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