HR Scam Alert!

There is a new scam hitting HR professionals, targeting employee tax information. The emails appear to be emails from a company executive, asking HR to send them W2’s or other employee tax information. A second email follows, stating the executive is working from home, and to send the W2’s to their home email address. In reported circumstances, the initial email looked like it came from the actual work address, when in reality they were from remote countries. If you get an email like this, please call the appropriate company contact to verify whether the information has actually been requested, and contact your IT professionals. Always be vigilant when sending employee information via email.

OSHA Rule Regarding Post-Accident/Injury Drug Testing, Effective December 1, 2016

On May 12, 2016, OSHA published final rules that, in part, addressed retaliation against employees who report work-related injuries or illnesses.  Employers were initially concerned because of language in the preamble to the rule, which implied that mandatory post-accident/injury drug tests could be construed to violate the new anti-retaliation provisions.  A lawsuit was filed by several businesses in Texas seeking to block implementation of the rule.  The judge issued orders twice delaying the rule, pushing the original August effective date back to November, and then December 1, 2016.   On November 28, 2016, the Court issued an order denying a motion to further delay implementation of the rule, letting the December 1st effective date stand.

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