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Are You Up-To-Date On Employees’ Leaves Of Absence?

Warm summer weather means increased holiday bookings, employees less inclined to stay late, and in some cases, lowered staffing levels. But an empty chair may not mean the employee is out just enjoying the sunshine; they may be taking any one of a number of leaves of absences.

2014 Creek Week in Santa Barbara

The 15th Annual Creek Week will take place September 20th – 28th, 2014. Creek Week is an annual community event celebrating Santa Barbara’s local creeks and the ocean with many groups sponsoring events to help build awareness and stewardship of the natural treasures of the area.

Great Environmental Fiction for Summer Reading

I love a good novel with an environmental theme and reading in the summer is one of the best ways to relax. There have already been many days this summer where it’s too hot to do anything except sit under a tree, sip a cold drink and get immersed in a novel. So I have created a list of books that I think are some of the best environmental fiction reads.

New Executive Order Pursues Labor Law Compliance By Federal Contractors

On July 31, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) Number 13673, establishing a series of reporting and procedural requirements for federal contractors, inducing them to provide “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” to their employees. Beginning in 2016, these new requirements will apply to contracts and subcontracts to provide more than $500,000 in services and/or non-standard goods to federal agencies. Some requirements are specific in the EO, while others will become clearer after revisions to the contracting standards codified as the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR).

Creative Uses for STP Binders and CDs

Now that you’ve switched from ordering paper or CD publications to online ones from STP, I thought I’d share a few creative ways to make your old binders and CDs useful!

Anti-Discrimination Responsibilities Expanded By New Executive Order

On July 21, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) Number 13672, expanding anti-discrimination responsibilities of federal agencies, federal contractors, and federal grant recipients, to cover “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.” Once implemented, employment practices in these workplaces will match private employers’ responsibilities under a growing number of state laws, and under some federal court cases interpreting Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII). These changes are potentially very important to large numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workers.

Mount Polley Dam Breach: KSM Mine Opponents Renew Fight

Taken from Ecolog News with permission August 8, 2014

Vehicle Maintenance: Begin Recycling Your Used Motor Oil Today

Did you know that if all the oil from American do-it-yourself oil changers were recycled, it would be enough motor oil for more than 50 million cars a year? Wow! Imagine how much foreign oil that would eliminate.

Employment Law: Protecting Temporary Workers

Is your employer hiring "temp" workers this summer—to serve tourists, meet cascading production deadlines, tend crops, or maybe just to fill in while permanent workers take vacations? Most employers recognize that occupational safety and health laws throughout North America assign them an Employer's General Duty to protect their own employees from workplace hazards. Some don’t remember that this duty also applies to shared employees, and even to other employers’ employees while they’re at your workplace. This month, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is re-emphasizing ongoing efforts to ensure protections for temporary workers ("temps"), extending the Temporary Worker Initiative it started in 2013.

CASL: CRTC Getting More Than 1000 Complaints A Day

In the run-up to the 2015 federal election, Canadian business owners may start getting unsolicited emails from political parties inviting them to fundraising dinners. The ones that come from the Conservative Party of Canada may be especially aggravating. After all, it was a Conservative government that brought in Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)—a law that is costing Canadian businesses millions to implement but that few believe will put any kind of dent in phishing scams and spam.

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