From the President . . .

As we approach the end of another year, TPM staff would like to remind everyone about all the services available to our membership, including Legal Consultation, Human Resources, Training, and Safety which are vital to the success of any organization and culture. As a TPM partner through your Association Membership, we hope you have taken…More

IRS COVID Relief: Rehiring & Retaining Retirees

IRS is helping employers wanting to rehire retirees or retain employees after retirement age. To help address COVID-related labor shortages, the IRS reminds employers that they generally will not jeopardize the tax status of their pension plans if they rehire retirees or permit distributions of retirement benefits to current employees who have reached age 59…More

IRS – Changes for 2022

On, November 4, 2021, the Internal Revenue Service announced that the amount individuals can contribute to their 401(k) plans in 2022 has increased to $20,500, up from $19,500 for 2021 and 2020. The contribution limit for employees who participate in 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan is increased to…More

DOL – Initiates Rulemaking on Heat Extremes

Record-breaking heat in the U.S. in 2021 endangered millions of workers exposed to heat illness and injury in both indoor and outdoor work environments. Workers in outdoor and indoor work settings without adequate climate-controlled environments are at risk of hazardous heat exposure. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration published an Advance…More

OSHA – Non-Compliance for Confined Space

The death of a 67-year-old worker at a Drummonds worksite in April 2021 might have been prevented had their employer not ignored federal workplace requirements, a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation has found. Investigators determined the employee of Mississippi Limestone Corp., a Friars Point, Mississippi, concrete products manufacturer and distributor,…More

COVID-19 Information and the ADA

Is information about an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination confidential medical information under the ADA? Yes. The ADA requires an employer to maintain the confidentiality of employee medical information. Although the EEO laws do not prevent employers from requiring employees to provide documentation or other confirmation of vaccination, this information, like all medical information, must be kept…More

EEOC – Artificial Intelligence and Algorithmic Fairness

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will focus on Ways to Help Ensure That Tech Tools Used in Employment Decisions Comply with Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws. The EEOC is launching an initiative to ensure that artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging tools used in hiring and other employment decisions comply with federal civil rights laws…More

US Capitol Christmas Tree

When a fir tree is as tall as an eight-story building – 84 feet high to be exact – it really needs a name. So that’s exactly what the Six Rivers National Forest did by unofficially naming the massive U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree “Sugar Bear.” A year in planning and now harvested, Sugar Bear has…More

TPM U Webinar Series

TPM U is an educational series provided to TPM members free of charge. For more information or to register for one of these classes, please go to the TPM website’s “Membership” Tab (http://www.timberassociation.com) or call (509) 535-4646. Registration is limited to 50 computers per webinar. REGISTER An Overview of the Law on Common HR-Related IssuesFriday,…More

OSHA – Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID and Vaccine Mandate

On November 4, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a new Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to protect more than 84 million workers from the spread of the coronavirus on the job. Under this standard, covered employers must develop, implement and enforce a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy, unless they adopt…More