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Safety/Health

Avoid 3 critical errors when reopening the office

06/30/2020
In a still-confusing time, you want to get people back to work, and keep them there. But Dan Kaplan,a partner at Foley & Lardner’s Madison, Wisconsin office and a leader on the firm’s Coronavirus Task Force, has some reminders for us of the organizational and legal issues we cannot look past.

OSHA issues guidance on face masks at work

06/26/2020
OSHA’s General Duty Clause requires employers to provide “equipment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards” that may cause serious harm or death.

Prepare for more suits claiming unsafe work

06/25/2020
Lawsuits over working conditions that promote injuries, contagion and illness are likely to skyrocket in the coming year.

Emphasize safety to convince employees to return to work

06/23/2020
To persuade employees to choose to work on-site again, the Gartner consulting firm says employers should approach reopening with these three considerations in mind.

Snapshot: Return-to-work measures employers will implement

06/23/2020
Employers will welcome staff back this summer with these precautions to limit spread of the coronavirus.

Off-duty worker ignores social distancing: How to respond

06/18/2020
If you discover that employees have flaunted local COVID-19 guidelines outside of work, can you place them on an unpaid leave of absence to quarantine before they return to work?

Pandemic workers’ comp waivers? A really bad idea

06/18/2020
A Nevada restaurant last month began requiring workers to sign a safety liability waiver before it allowed them to return to work after COVID-19.

OSHA offers suite of safety resources to aid reopening

06/18/2020
Looking ahead to a summer when workplaces will ramp up staffing after the coronavirus lockdowns, OSHA has gathered resources to make that process safer.

How HR can promote mental health in the post-covid workplace

06/09/2020
Rare is the HR pro who could honestly raise their hands if asked, “Do you have a plan to counter a rising depression rate among your employees?” In a recent HR Specialist webinar on mental health issues, employment law attorney Anniken Davenport urged employers to consider these issues.

What we’re suddenly learning about the staff’s mental health

06/04/2020
Experts widely agree that mental health issues will continue to plague workplaces beyond the passing of the coronavirus, which remains a constant cloud over many a worker’s mind. In her recent webinar on the topic, attorney Anniken Davenport urged employers to consider these issues.