EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE

The Workplace in 2020: Political Talk, COVID-19 Violence, Executive Order

By Mike O’Brien bio Don’t forget labor relations rules when employees talk politics at work During this month’s contentious election season—with a highly polarized American electorate—many employers … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

What, If Anything, Does OSHA Require You to Do to Protect Telecommuters?

While telecommuting is nothing new, the imperative for using it has never been greater. In addition to all the cost-saving, work-life balance, recruiting and hiring advantages, letting employees work … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Referral Arrangement Violates Kickback Laws Even If Even Only Purpose Is to Generate Illegal Referrals Case: The U.S. Attorney accused a Kentucky physician of taking a $105 per beneficiary payment … [Read more...]

Tool

Telecommuter Home Office Hazard Assessment & Inspection Checklist

While not an OSHA obligation, it’s highly advisable to take measures to protect the health and safety of telecommuting lab employees who work from home. How? By having employees seeking approval to … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan

For as long as COVID-19 remains a threat, businesses—both essential and nonessential—won’t be allowed to re-open and remain open unless they implement a plan to control workplace infection risks. … [Read more...]

Model COVID-19 Medical Screening Policy

Regulators have made it clear that given the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may implement pre-screening measures to ensure that people who have or may have the virus don’t … [Read more...]

OSHA

Do Lab Employees Who Fear COVID-19 Infection Have the Right to Refuse Work?

In normal times, failure to show up for work or refusing to carry out work assignments is a form of insubordination subject to discipline. But in times of pandemic, work refusals by employees due to … [Read more...]

 Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a Legally Sound COVID-19 Medical Screening Policy

 As essential workplaces, testing labs need to remain open and operating during the pandemic. At the same time, they need to ensure that employees practice social distancing and keep the infected and … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Compliance Perspectives: How to Implement a Respiratory Protection Program at Your Lab

Worker exposure to infection and hazardous substances is a constant and pressing challenge for lab managers. And if yours is among the many labs where workers are required to use respirators, you face … [Read more...]

OSHA

Compliance Perspectives: A 10-Step Compliance Strategy for OSHA Recordkeeping Rules

January is the season when employers must compile their OSHA logs for the previous year. The good news is that many labs are exempt from these requirements. Here's an overview of the OSHA … [Read more...]


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