• Fall Protection Leads OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations for 2017

    Fall Protection Leads OSHA’s Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Violations for 2017

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its preliminary 2017 list of the 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations. OSHA announced the list in the 2017 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo held in Indianapolis. The goal is to inform the public of the standards most commonly cited for violations and allow employers to focus their efforts on those standards to make workplaces safer for employees.OSHA compiles this list every year based on around 32,000 workplace inspections by its staff. While this report covers general industry and construction, 4 of the top ten standards most... Read More

  • How To Attract Generation-Z To Your Company

    How To Attract Generation-Z To Your Company

    Adjustment to the work culture of millennials is no simple task. However, there is a new talent pool that recruiters should be watching very carefully as well. These are the Generation Z (AKA Post-Millenials) who have just graduated from college. Generation Z is comprised of young adults born between 1997 to 2010. They grew up during the bad times—the aftermath of 9/11, the succeeding terrorist attacks, the Iraq war, and the Great Recession. They witnessed people around them lose their jobs, their homes, and their savings. These experiences are ingrained in them.Gen-Z was born and raised at a time when the internet is already a great part... Read More

  • What Employers Should Know About FMLA After A Natural Disaster

    What Employers Should Know About FMLA After A Natural Disaster

    After the devastation from the natural disasters that were the recent Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, business owners should know how to remain in compliance with employment laws during a natural disaster. A major question is how the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to a natural disaster like Harvey and Irma.Employees who want to take leave under FMLA due to a natural disasterFMLA doesn’t specifically provide protected leave for employees who want to take leave after a natural disaster. Therefore, it is vital that employers understand when and how employees can take leave.Employers can provide leave from their own employment policies... Read More

  • DeVos’ Department of Education withdraws Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault

    DeVos’ Department of Education withdraws Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos scrapped Obama-era guidance on how campuses handle sexual assault investigations Friday. Her department released a letter outlining new campus sexual assault guidelines and argued that existing guidelines “have led to the deprivation of rights for many students—both accused students denied fair process and victims denied an adequate resolution of their complaints.” “The Department has decided to withdraw the [Obama-era guidelines] in order to develop an approach to student sexual misconduct that responds to the concerns of stakeholders and that aligns with the purpose of Title IX to achieve... Read More

  • Reducing Residential Segregation with Affordable Housing

    Reducing Residential Segregation with Affordable Housing

    Residential segregation in the United States is the physical separation of two or more groups into different neighborhoods, i.e. it generally refers to any kind of sorting based on some criteria of the population (e.g. race, ethnicity, income).While overt segregation is illegal in the United States, housing patterns show significant and persistent segregation for certain races and income groups. The history of American social and public policies, like Jim Crow laws and Federal Housing Administration’s early redlining policies, set the tone for segregation in housing. Trends in residential segregation are attributed to... Read More

  • ESSA State Plans Reach Their Deadline

    ESSA State Plans Reach Their Deadline

    Thirty states and Puerto Rico turned in their Every Student Succeeds Act plans in time for the U.S. Department of Education’s deadline of midnight on September 18. Four hurricane-ravaged states—Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Texas—got an extension for later this fall. This is the second of two big batches of ESSA plans. Sixteen states and the District of Columbia turned in their plans last spring. And most of those—Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Tennessee, and Vermont—have gotten approvals from the department. Colorado... Read More