A Conversation

As a manager, my job involves safety training for the employees, but most people in the company see it as a waste of resources. I’ve had to come up with very strong arguments against their attitude. Coworker #1: “I have to go to [XYZ Industrial Plant with very strict safety rules] next month.” Me: “You’ll…More

OSHA National Emphasis Program – Heat Hazards

For the first time, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a National Emphasis Program to protect workers from heat illness and injuries. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections “before workers suffer completely preventable injuries, illnesses or, even worse, fatalities.” Heat illness affects thousands of indoor…More

From the President . . .

Winter has hung on as long as it could, skipping past spring, and right into summer, making the dog days of summer seem to rush in. TPM reminds employers that they need to educate employees who are working in “Extreme Heat” about heat related illnesses. TPM was awarded a grant for the 2022 year to…More

Wage and Hour Recordkeeping Requirements

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards for employment subject to its provisions. Unless exempt, covered employees must be paid at least the minimum wage and not less than one and one-half times their regular rates of pay for overtime hours worked. What Records Are Required:…More

Handling Employee Reference Inquiries

Employee reference inquiries for previous employees are an inevitable part of doing business. This can be a tricky area with regard to defamation, so making sure to supply only brief and factual information is very important. This is not the time to dig into personnel records and give another company detailed information about the employee’s…More

Steep Penalties for No Lockout/Tagout Procedures

T.J. Campbell Construction, based in Edmond, Oklahoma is an asphalt and concrete paving contractor, facing proposed penalties totaling $370,347. Safety investigators found that the construction company’s failure to prevent sudden start-up of a conveyor system contributed to an 18-year-old worker’s fatal injuries after he was pulled into a hot asphalt silo as he tried to…More

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

How Can We Create A Mental Health Strategy For Our Workplace? One in five American adults experiences a mental health condition each year. The vast majority of these individuals are of working age, and the key to helping them—and all employees—thrive is an inclusive, supportive workplace. To improve employee well-being, companies need to be intentional…More

Compensation Costs Increased 4.8% Over the Year

Wages and salaries in the private sector increased 5.0 percent for the 12-month period ending in March 2022. Additionally, the cost of benefits in the private sector increased 4.1 percent during this same period. However, despite the sharp increase in compensation costs, inflation-adjusted (constant dollar) wages and salaries declined 3.3 percent for the 12 months…More

2021 EEO-1 Component 1 – Now Open

EEO-1 Component 1 Data Collection The EEO-1 Component 1 report is a mandatory annual data collection that requires all private sector employers with 100 or more employees, and federal contractors with 50 or more employees meeting certain criteria, to submit demographic workforce data, including data by race/ethnicity, sex and job categories. The 2021 EEO-1 Component…More

General Labor Starting Wage within TPM Membership

In the TPM 2022 Member Trends and Concerns Survey, one of the questions asked was, “What is your average General Labor starting wage for entry-level positions?” TPM received 99 responses ranging from $12 to $25. The average starting wage sits at $17.09.More