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10 tips for preventing the spread of flu at work

Public health authorities are encouraging many Americans to receive a coronavirus booster vaccine, but they’re urging almost everyone to get a flu shot this fall. For employers, limiting the spread of influenza among workers can be key to maintaining adequate staffing this fall and winter.

41% of workers believe generative AI will enhance their careers

The use of generative artificial intelligence has workers feeling optimistic about their skills and career prospects, research from recruiting firm Robert Half shows.

DOL, EEOC announce outreach, enforcement pact

The federal agency partnership employers have long suspected has now been formalized: The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and the EEOC on Sept. 14 signed a formal cooperation agreement to enhance enforcement of federal laws and regulations.

CEOs distance themselves from DEI initiatives

Mentions of corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives fell by 54% during CEO earnings calls in the first quarter following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard decision, which outlawed race-based affirmative action in higher education.

EEO-1 data collection begins Oct. 31

The window for submitting 2022 EEO-1 Component 1 data opens on Tuesday, Oct. 31, with a filing deadline of Tuesday, Dec. 5.

State, local legislation addresses key employment-law issues

According to the latest annual Labor Day report from the Littler Mendelson law firm’s Workplace Policy Institute, states are taking the lead on many important employment-law topics. The 2023 edition of the report spotlights recent legislation and regulations addressing workplace freedom of speech, AI in HR decision-making, noncompete agreements, pay transparency and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Prepare to drop or rewrite these handbook rules

National Labor Relations Board rulings can affect the very rules you write into your handbook. The board’s Stericycle decision, issued in August, calls for a wholesale reexamination of the handbook rules that any private-sector employers seek to enforce, whether or not they operate in a union environment.

77% of employers report greater employee need for mental-health care

An increase in mental-health challenges was cited as the most significant area of prolonged impact resulting from the pandemic. Last year, 44% of employers saw a rise in mental-health concerns, while 77% of employers reported an increase this year, with another 16% anticipating one in the future.

DOL proposes looser rules for employee representation during OSHA inspections

The proposed rule clarifies that employees may authorize an employee, or they may authorize a non-employee third party if the compliance officer determines the third party is reasonably necessary to conduct an effective and thorough inspection.

Train supervisors to spot the signs of drug impairment

Before you require an employee to submit to a drug-screening test, make sure your front-line supervisors really know how to spot the signs of impairment. The key: They must be able show that they have a reasonable suspicion that an employee may be under the influence of drugs. If they can’t, you may have a hard time defending the test if the employee decides to sue you.