Autumn doesn’t just bring change to the leaves outside; there’s plenty of change happening in workplaces this month as well. Chief among them: a major effort in California to classify rideshare drivers as employees. In this HR roundup, we’ll look at that important bill, a New York City lawsuit over its fair workweek law, and more. Read on to learn what you should know about HR news this month:
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which falls under the larger umbrella of the Department of Labor, guarantees workers the right to a safe and sanitary working environment and lays out guidelines to help employers achieve this goal. These requirements include safety training, reporting, and anti-retaliation protections for employees who report unsafe working conditions, among others.
In larger companies, there may be one or several people whose job is to maintain workplace safety and comply with OSHA regulations. But in smaller organizations, some of the work of training, record-keeping, and reporting may fall to HR managers.
For anyone who loves variety and thrives in a busy job, working in HR may be a great fit. The role encompasses so many responsibilities: recruiting, hiring, managing, maintaining compliance, tackling benefits, and so much more. That’s one reason most HR managers say that no two days at work are the same.
Distraction is an epidemic in nearly every modern workplace. Between the rising popularity of open floor plans for offices, the constant rollout of new smartphone apps, and the increasingly collaborative nature of many jobs, it can be challenging most days for employees to find even a few minutes to work independently in a distraction-free environment.
For some people, the end of August means back-to-school shopping and parent-teacher conferences. But even for people without school-aged kids, the beginning of a new school year usually means fewer coworkers out on vacation and the return of full workplace productivity. As the pace of work starts to pick up again for the fall in many offices, there’s plenty of news HR managers need to know. Here are a few stories to get you up-to-speed: