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The recent heat wave reminds us all that we need to provide Extreme Heat Training to our employees, especially if they are working in an outdoor environment. TPM can provide Extreme Heat training to your employees. We are happy to come onsite and conduct training when it is convenient for your company. This OSHA approved…More

DOL: Employer’s Guide to Employees with Long COVID

The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)-funded Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion and Job Accommodation Network recently issued a new resource, Supporting Employees with Long COVID: A Guide for Employers. In addition to addressing the basics of Long COVID, including its intersection with mental health, the guide outlines workplace supports that can…More

The Importance of Employee Recognition

In today’s environment of high turnover and difficulty finding new applicants, it’s important to focus on retaining the staff we currently have. When done right, employee recognition can have a profound impact on employees and their desire to remain with a company. In the last study done by TPM, an impressive 68% of respondents indicated…More

Member Services Spotlight

Education and Webinars TPM strives to offer insightful education on current safety & health, human resources and employment law issues that can help your company and staff remain up to date on the latest news and best practices for our industry. There are multiple topics offered on a monthly basis that are great resources for…More

Reasonable Accommodation – Alternatives to Granting Leave

The laws enforced by the EEOC require employers to provide reasonable accommodations (changes to the way things are normally done at work) because of an employer’s disability or religious beliefs, in certain circumstances. For example, in some instances, you may be required to provide employees with leave for medical or religious reasons. If granting a…More

IRS: Worker Classification 101

Employee or Independent Contractor A business might pay an independent contractor and an employee for the same or similar work, but there are key legal differences between the two. It is critical for business owners to correctly determine whether the people providing services are employees or independent contractors. Here’s some information to help business owners…More

EEOC Informal Updated COVID-19 Guidance

On July 12, 2022, the EEOC updated its informal COVID-19 guidance to employers in a number of significant ways, most of which call for more nuanced assessment of community risk and consideration of changing public health guidance. A.6. Under the ADA, may an employer, as a mandatory screening measure, administer a COVID-19 viral test (a…More

OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App – Free

The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool is a useful resource for planning outdoor work activities based on how hot it feels throughout the day. Featuring real-time heat index and hourly forecasts, specific to your location, as well as occupational safety and health recommendations from OSHA and NIOSH. The OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool features: A visual indicator…More

Criminal Records

While in the process of filling a vacant position, you discover that an applicant has a criminal record. How do you consider an individual’s criminal record when making hiring or other employment decisions? This is a complex issue. The following advice is based on the federal employment discrimination laws enforced by the EEOC. However, as…More