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Updates to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA)

On December 29, 2022, the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act was officially passed, which included an amendment to the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) that will take effect on June 27, 2023. As the PWFA is currently written, it simply prevents employers from taking adverse action due to pregnancy; however, this new amendment goes well beyond … more »

Compliance with Updated Labor Law Posters

It’s that time of year when many labor law posters need to be updated. While there are changes to some state labor law posters, this article focuses on identifying the primary changes found within the federal labor law poster and how to ensure all employees, whether in-person or remote, have access to this updated information … more »

Unique Opportunities for This Year’s Open Enrollment

It’s that time of year when everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of the Autumn leaves, the carving of pumpkins, the sipping of hot tea and cider, and, of course, the massive undertaking that is open enrollment. This year, in particular, has some unique considerations and potential advantages, which employers may use to their benefit. … more »

Let’s Get to Know GINA

We’ve seen “GINA” around the workplace since the late 2000s, but how well do employers know “The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)?” In 2004, The “Human Genome Project” published the completed human genome sequence. This discovery promised many new avenues for finding medications and treatments specific to the information that literally makes us one-of-a-kind. The … more »

Finding the Right Person for the Job in Today’s Market

New Focus HR’s Newest Position Obviously, finding the right person for the job is important, but is it really practical/possible in today’s highly competitive job market? Is having anybody better than having nobody? These are the questions New Focus HR faced throughout much of 2022. New Focus HR has grown dramatically over its 13-year lifespan … more »

Virtual I-9 Document Review… Coming Soon?

I-9’s Beginnings Since November 6, 1986, the I-9 document review forms have been a part of every onboarding process. It’s not exactly the most exciting part of a newly hired employee’s first impression of the organization; but, it’s as American as registering to vote or waiting in line to get your driver’s permit – not … more »

Pitfalls to Avoid When Completing a Performance Evaluation

Performance evaluations are a crucial part of the overall performance management process within any organization. If done correctly, employees will become more engaged and more trusting in their organizations, providing for a healthier culture and a more profitable organization. If done incorrectly, employees may become disengaged, and will likely begin to look for employment opportunities … more »

Employer Compliance with the Record-Keeping and Reporting Requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was formed by Congress following the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) of 1970 for the purpose of ensuring safe and healthful working conditions. In fulfilling its purpose, OSHA has detailed standards, rules, and regulations, for covered employers, including specific requirements for injury and … more »