Safety Tip: Horseplay at Work
Horseplay means things like running in the hallways, playing basketball in the office, etc. Horseplay at workplace can be anything from a harmless prank to harassment or other unethical and unsafe acts. Often times, employees who want to alleviate boredom or stress behave in such ways and engage in rough play in attempts to keep the environment light and friendly.
Equal pay - equal work
It's the law! Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 358, effective January 1, 2016, which strengthens the existing equal pay laws from 1949. Two years ago, Governor Jerry Brown helped put an end to the wage gap between men and women with the California’s Fair Pay Act. The existing law which was signed in 1949 didn’t completely eliminate the wage gap as men still earned more money than women for performing the same or similar work.
Posting required notices and posters in the workplace
Posters may not be pretty; nor may they fit with your "Décor," but it's the law! Failure to post legal notices could result in a fine of $10.000.00. Whether it’s posted in the staff lounge or in the main office, employers are required to place legal notices and posters in areas which are easily accessible to all employees. Failure to comply with these regulations goes against the law and can result in a hefty fine.
New workplace safety and health regulations protecting hotel housekeepers
It’s soon to be the law! Effective July 1, 2018, Cal/OSHA will be enforcing a new set of workplace health and safety regulations that specifically target the hospitality industry. These regulations are the first in the nation to protect housekeepers from common risk factors leading to on-the-job injuries.
Administrative Assistant’s Day – Show your Appreciation
Your employees are your greatest asset; show them you care! Administrative Assistant’s Day is April 25th, 2018, and it’s important to show your assistants what a valuable part of the business they are. Showing appreciation for their hard work can have a positive effect on their work performance.
Understanding Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
It is the law. Employers are required to make "reasonable accommodations" for persons with disabilities. Employers are not allowed to discriminate against employees with disabilities. Companies need to make special arrangements for their workers who may be physically or mentally unable to perform certain tasks.
Investigations of harassment and/or discrimination
When an employer receives a complaint of alleged harassment or discrimination, they are required by law to conduct an internal investigation. Employers should make sure that their employees feel respected and safe at work. Therefore, if any employee addresses issues of harassment or discrimination, employers should take the matter seriously and not have it overlooked.
Establishing a sound employee attendance policy
Have a sound attendance policy included in your employee handbook. Attendance and punctuality is an important aspect of work and can determine your employee’s productivity and commitment. By establishing a comprehensive and easy to understand attendance policy, employees know what expectations are required and can be held accountable if these requirements are not met.
Daylight Savings Time is coming up! – Friendly Reminder!
Spring ahead! Change your clocks for Daylight Savings Time on March 11, 2018! Changing our clocks to an hour ahead mean we lose an hour of sleep. This can often be a difficult event for many employers, as it results in employees showing up late for work.
Safety Tip: Lost Time Injuries
Your workers’ compensation premiums will increase when you have employees who lose time from work because of a work-related injury or illness. Getting injured on the job negatively affects both the employee and the company. Having employees who are unable to physically complete their work responsibilities due to injuries can be problematic for your company.