Blog , Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts: What to Report to OSHA

Q: What events must employers report to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)? A: All employers are required to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye as follows: Employers must report work-related fatalities within eight hours of finding out about the fatality.... Read more ›

employee handbook

Top 10 Policies You Need in Your Employee Handbook

Nestor Barrero, senior counsel at Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, a well-respected national employment law firm and legal partner to ThinkHR, summarizes 10 must-have policies for your employee handbook. At-will employment: You can destroy the at-will employment relationship through promises made in an employee handbook. Including this policy reinforces the at-will nature of employment.... Read more ›


What We’re Reading this April

At ThinkHR, knowledge makes us tick. We are always on the lookout for the latest workplace and human resources news, trends, research, and law. Here are some of the stories that caught our eye this month. Work is Killing Us Stanford professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s new book, Dying for Paycheck, offers convincing evidence that workplace stress... Read more ›


Grandmothers Can Visit a Little Longer

States that permit carriers to renew medical policies without adopting various Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements may continue to do so through 2019, according to a bulletin released April 9, 2018, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The bulletin extends transitional relief for non-ACA-compliant policies for another year. The affected category of... Read more ›

Gender justice

Another Step Toward Equal Pay

On April 9, 2018, in Rizo v. Yovino, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that under the federal Equal Pay Act an employer cannot justify a wage differential between male and female employees by relying on prior salary. The EPA prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women, in the same establishment, who perform jobs that require substantially... Read more ›