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HR Insights Blog HeaderAhead of elections, many employers want to encourage voter participation and are considering if any initiatives may be appropriate for their organization. While voting initiatives allow employers to help increase voter participation— these efforts can also bolster employee relations.

Because partisan political and voting initiatives risk divisiveness in the workplace, employers should focus on simply encouraging voter participation. This article outlines the impact of voting initiatives and various efforts that employers can consider to help educate employees and encourage them to vote.

HR Compliance Bulletin headerIn response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, states have passed new laws and issued new regulations and guidance about employee leave taken for COVID-19 reasons.

These provisions are in addition to the federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion requirements passed on March 18 as part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a fair amount of guidance to assist employers in their efforts to provide a safe work environment for their workers during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to this guidance, OSHA has also created a COVID-19 website where employers can access information about the latest agency updates and tailored advice on how to comply with workplace safety standards during this COVID-19 pandemic. This Compliance Bulletin provides OSHA’s answers to a number of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about its COVID-19 guidance on:

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On Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance explaining that the coronavirus can be spread through the air.

Specifically, the CDC says in its new guidance that the virus that causes COVID-19 can sometimes spread among people who are more than 6 feet apart and through airborne particles that “linger in the air for minutes to hours.” This means that being indoors or in close contact with other people, especially when prevention strategies aren’t followed and there is poor ventilation, may increase the risk of transmission.

OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Administration logoThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the government agency that monitors and enforces compliance with workplace safety laws.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Compliance Safety and Health Officers (CSHOs) have the authority to inspect the facilities of any employer subject to OSHA’s regulations. Employers have a right to request a warrant for inspection. Although it may buy time, it will likely broaden the inspection and give the CSHO a negative impression.