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Lessons from the Courts: October ’18

It might be a good practice to regularly check all your emergency exit doors to ensure that people can escape through them in the event of a fire or other emergency.

Excavator will have to dig deep to pay for safety lapses

El Paso Underground Construction has been cited for failing to protect its employees from trench-collapse hazards.

How to handle requests for religious time off

It’s perfectly legitimate to require employees to request religious leave well in advance. If you have a process to ask for time off for other kinds of leave, use it for handling requests for religious leave, too.

Disability: Beware docking attendance points

Policies designed to encourage regular attendance often use a point system to determine when employees who miss work will receive discipline. But that simplicity may create legal problems.

Gig economy: 1% of workers get their assignments from an app

More than 1.5 million Americans work gig economy jobs in which their assignments come to them via computer or cell phone apps, according to new research by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Snapshot: How satisfied are we with job security?

American workers are confident that they won’t lose their jobs anytime soon.

The HR I.Q. Test: October ’18

Here’s your monthly quiz on HR news and trends.

Watchdog: No confidence OSHA can track workplace injury reports

The federal Office of the Inspector General has issued a scathing report warning that OSHA can offer “no assurance” that employers are complying with workplace injury reporting requirements.

Diabetic drivers approved for commercial interstate runs

A new rule finalized Sept. 19 for the first time allows truck drivers with diabetes to operate commercial vehicles on interstate routes as long as they can prove they carefully monitor and manage the disease.

Snapshot: Who believes there aren’t enough women in top executive jobs?

Fairly stark differences characterize opinions on the issue.