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Strangers on your shop floor: What you need to know about OSHA’s new walkaround rule

OSHA’s recently issued final rule on who may represent employees during safety and health inspections has employers worried. As a practical matter, the “walkaround rule”—which takes effect May 31—means employers have little opportunity to object to third parties who employees choose to accompany OSHA inspectors as they check for unsafe working conditions or practices.

‘This is a business’: Google CEO fired back and fired protesting employees

Employees have the right to think whatever they want to think and hold whatever opinions they want to hold. But when employees act on those opinions in a way that disrupts their workplace and their employer’s business, they’ve crossed the line and should be held accountable … not for their beliefs, but for their actions.

AI and the FLSA: Not happy partners

The EEOC has already issued guidance on AI and the Americans with Disabilities Act and in the hiring process. In conjunction with this collaborative effort, the DOL has issued a Field Assistance Bulletin that addresses AI and the FLSA.

Prepare for more DOL oversight of how AI affects FLSA compliance

The U.S. Department of Labor is gearing up to ensure employers don’t misuse artificial-intelligence tools to track employees’ hours worked or how they spend their on-the-job time.

SHRM research: 35% say work harms mental health

The findings highlight “the urgent need for organizations to address mental health issues proactively,” a SHRM statement said.

Gen Z goes to work—and brings their parents with them

Members of Generation Z—currently 18 to 27 years old—have unusually close relationships with their parents. Now that Gen Z is entering the workforce, employers are seeing that dynamic play out in strange ways, according to an April survey of 1,428 Gen Zers by resumetemplates.com.

CROWN Act alert: Ensure grooming rules don’t perpetuate hairstyle bias

One of the fastest-growing legal anti-discrimination trends is an effort to outlaw discrimination on the basis of employees’ hairstyles. So far, efforts to pass a national law have proven unsuccessful. However, that hasn’t stopped the EEOC from pursuing litigation against employers accused of natural hair discrimination, as a recent case shows.

Set moonlighting policy that fits today’s workplace

About 5.3% of American workers have more than one job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s up sharply since May 2020, when only 4% had two or more jobs.

Courts entertain First Amendment claims defending DEI

Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down affirmative action in college admissions last year, legislators in 30 states have introduced bills seeking to ban or limit employer-sponsored diversity, equity and inclusion programs. But two recent cases show that employers are fighting back by asserting their First Amendment right to free expression.

Returning to the office might require better offices

According to a new survey by Cisco, 72% of employees are positive about returning to the office but want spaces that are better equipped for collaboration and brainstorming.