Author Archives: Lisa Smith

OSHA’s Next Steps Towards a COVID-19 Standard

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What Employers Need to Know About OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS)  As of January 25th, 2022, OSHA issued a notice withdrawing the currently stayed Vaccinate or Test ETS that applied to employers with 100+ employees. This action will end the debate over whether OSHA has the authority to issue such an emergency temporary standard.   However, OSHA also…
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Coronavirus in the Workplace: Key HR Issues

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The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has gone from a handwashing and elbow-bumping conversation to the most significant workplace issue we have ever seen. Employers are confronting dilemmas that change every day. Questions regarding how to handle emergency leave, workplace safety and health, furloughs, layoffs and mandated closing of businesses along-side all the other employment…
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Negativity in the Workplace: How to Deal – Video

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Transcript In every workplace there are negative attitudes that eat away at the productivity of everyone associated with the organization. These people may go unidentified for some time, all the while causing major damage. Quite often they’re good at their jobs, but like an infection, their attitudes can spread rapidly, without major symptoms, until the…
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Navigating FOUR Generations in the Workplace – Video

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Transcript Nowadays companies find themselves handling four generations of American workers. Each group has its own distinctive characteristics, ethics, and approaches toward work based on its generation’s life experiences. Let’s take a look at the four generations in the workplace and how they interact with one another. The first set, veterans. These folks are born…
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USCIS Increases I-9 Penalties (Video)

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Lisa Smith covers the increase in I-9 penalties for noncompliance. Transcript In my last installment, we talked about the new I-9. Let’s talk about why it’s so very important to make sure you follow all of the instructions. Did you know, in addition to publishing the new I-9, USCIS also raised the penalties for noncompliance?…
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