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GINA…do you still remember the details involved with the important legislation? On May 21, 2008, former President Bush signed into law the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). This legislation will protect Americans against discrimination based on their genetic information as it relates to health insurance and employment. The measure was debated in Congress for the Read more

The “Red Flag” Rule requires financial institutions and creditors to develop and implement written identity theft prevention programs, as part of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act of 2003. An important note is that every business should review its billing and payment procedures to determine if it’s covered by the Red Flags Rule. Read more

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new guidance publication concerning combustible dusts. It assists chemical manufacturers and importers in recognizing the potential for combustible dust explosions, identifying protective measures, and ways to accurately communicate the information on material safety data sheets and labels. The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) is designed to Read more

OSHA has an Outreach Training Program which has been around for over 36 years. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA’s role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for American employees by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. As such, OSHA has a program that identifies Read more

Employers are required to enroll in E-Verify if and when they are awarded a federal contract or subcontract that requires participation in E-Verify as a term of the contract. E-Verify is an Internet based system designed to enable employers to verify electronically that newly hired employees are authorized to work in the United States. The Read more

In 2005, California became the first state in the nation to develop safety and health regulations addressing heat illness. Since that time, Cal/OSHA has issued permanent heat illness prevention regulations protecting employees who work outdoors. Enforcement of the heat illness prevention standards continues to be a priority; as a result proposals for emergency amendments were Read more

Sometimes reading about the federal minimum wage update can be a bit time consuming, so we invite you to watch this brief video in which our president, Patty Blum, explains the new posting requirements in the latest minimum wage change.

Florida’s minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, effective July 24, 2009. This is up from the $7.21 per hour minimum wage that was effective January 1, 2009. On November 2, 2004, Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment which changed Florida law and instituted a minimum wage. The minimum wage applies to all employees in the Read more

On May 19, 2009, Governor Bob Riley signed into law House Bill 144. The new act reforms Alabama child labor enforcement standards, transferring the permitting process from the public school system to the Department of Labor. In addition, new record keeping requirements and administrative penalties have been added. According to the Alabama DOL, work permits Read more

The minimum wage saw another increase July 24th, 2009. Even if you don’t have employees being paid at this rate, this affects your business. Taken from the US Department of Labor Website: The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting full-time and part-time workers in Read more