The full list of OSHA rights and regulations can be found on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Laws and Regulations webpage. According to Hyde, while it is useful to know current and specific case law, what is most important for success is the ability to think critically to solve business problems. The administration and enforcement of these laws are carried out by the Department of Wages and Hours of Work. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs administers and enforces three federal contract-based civil rights laws that require most federal contractors and subcontractors, as well as state-backed contractors, to provide equal employment opportunities. The Civil Rights Center of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Administration and Management administers and enforces several federal aid-based civil rights laws that require recipients of federal financial assistance from the Department of Labor to guarantee equal opportunity. Many federal statutes are part of the OEF to which your organization must adhere. You should also be aware of national or local laws on discrimination in the workplace. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) regulates employers who provide pension or benefit plans to their employees. Title I of the ERISA is administered by the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) and imposes a wide range of fiduciary, disclosure and reporting obligations on pension and benefit plan trustees and other persons dealing with such plans. These provisions anticipate many similar state laws.

Under Title IV, certain employers and plan administrators must fund an insurance plan to protect certain types of pension benefits, with premiums paid to the federal government`s Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. EBSA also administers reporting requirements for healthcare continuation required under the Comprehensive Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) and healthcare portability requirements for group plans under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Hyde says there are several key areas of law that all HR professionals should know in order to serve their employees and employers most effectively. This is the Worker Accommodation and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) is administered by the Ministry of Labour and protects workers, their families and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to give 60 calendar days` notice of plant closures and mass layoffs. Companies in difficulty, unforeseeable business circumstances and natural disasters are exceptions to the 0-day notice period with the burden of proof on the employer. Human resources professionals are responsible for strategically managing employees within an organization while respecting laws governing employee rights and employer obligations. When a company violates these complex and ever-changing regulations, it exposes itself to risks, including lawsuits, financial loss, and reputational damage. Editor`s note: What do our authors and experts read? In this series, ReWork contributors share their go-to recommendations for HR professionals and executives. I read a lot of business books, but anyone who has followed my writing knows that I don`t particularly like popular business books; They oversimplify things. When organizations try to follow the recipes in these books, they fail because they don`t understand the underlying human concepts of organizational behavior.

So my reading list contains books that deal with original research on organizational behavior, especially the concepts that matter most to HR leaders: consulting, leadership, and teams. Check out the first half of the list to find books that are easy to read and digest and provide good, immediately useful and somewhat out of the ordinary information for HR practitioners. Upgrade to number five if you`re looking for the most powerful but complex books I`ve ever read. 1) Flawless Consultingâ by Peter Block Everyone is a consultant at some point, HR even more so. Block`s chapter on resistance management is powerful, both for recognizing what resistance looks like and for offering an easy way to disperse it. 2) Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy by Amy Edmundson I started, Dr. Edmundson, professor at Harvard Business School, when I was studying the concept of psychological safety and why smart people don`t talk, even in times of crisis. This unique concept – psychological safety – gives HR practitioners hands-on training in team behavior and in turning problems into learning opportunities. 3) The Silo Effect: The Danger of Expertise and the Promise to Break Down Barriers by Gillian Tett Gillian Tett is an anthropologist turned business journalist who uses her study of culture to help organizations break down silos and improve performance.

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