Regulation and Compliance​

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Virtual Agricultural Seminar for Employers and Workers

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division will hold a 2024 Virtual Agricultural Seminar to provide guidance on federal requirements governing agricultural employment for growers, farmers, shippers, contractors, farm labor contractors, buyers and agricultural workers nationwide. Presented in coordination with other agencies and stakeholders, the virtual seminar will focus on federal laws and regulations governing agricultural employment and include discussions on the H-2A temporary agricultural program, Fair Labor Standards Act, Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act and Office of Foreign Labor Certification. March 28, 7:30 am – 3 pm (PST) For more information and a link to register.

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Form I-9 & E-Verify: Hot Topics – Real Answers

During this 30 Minutes of Excellence Session, presenters will discuss the most current Form I-9 and address many areas including common mistakes made while completing the I-9, how the I-9 can be completed on a new hire before they start working for pay, along with best practices for reviewing and copying documents, making corrections, reverifying documents and what to do if you’re missing an I-9. In addition, we will also discuss E-Verify, the free web-based service and a partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA).  This one-of-a-kind system allows enrolled employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their new hires.  At the federal level, E-Verify is voluntary for most users although mandatory, with various legislative requirements, in over 20 states and for a host of federal contractors.  During this session we’ll review recent changes and updates in E-Verify, the earliest you can create an E-Verify case, how to handle a mismatch case along with ‘good-to-know’ best practices.  We’ll wrap up the session with an exciting preview of E-Verify’s future – NextGen.

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Hospitality Worker Day Webinar

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division – in coordination with the Women’s Bureau, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Occupational Safety and Health Agency and the Office of Foreign Labor Certification – will mark Hospitality Worker Appreciation Day by offering a webinar on federal regulations governing workers’ wages and benefits and employers’ responsibilities in hotels, motels, restaurants and staffing agencies. In addition they will provide information related to the H-2B visa program. Feb 22, 6 am – 1 pm.

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Critical Compliance Alert: 2024 Law Updates You Can’t Ignore

During this event, there will be a discussion on all the most important compliance updates in 2024 and offer actionable steps you can take to make sure your business avoids compliance complications in the new year.  This is provided by Combined, a for-profit consulting company.  The webinar is free. January 17th, 10 – 11 am PST.

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OSHA – Popular Safety Downloads

OSHA offers a single site where you can download fact sheets, posters, briefs, and quick cards on workplace hazards, prevention (including workplace violence), inspections, record keeping, lockout/tagout, and training.

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Emergency Preparedness and Response for Businesses

Emergencies can create a variety of hazards for workers in the impacted area. Preparing before an emergency incident plays a vital role in ensuring that employers and workers have the necessary equipment, know where to go, and know how to keep themselves safe when an emergency occurs.  The US OSHA has created a resource for all types of industries to help with planning for natural disasters and general preparedness.

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OSHA Small Business Safety and Health Handbook – Spanish

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed a handbook summarizes the benefits of an effective safety and health program, provides self-inspection checklists for employers to identify workplace hazards, and reviews key workplace safety and health resources for small businesses.

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Resources for Federal Contractors Section 503 and VEVRAA

Assists contractors meet their obligations under Section 503. Includes information supporting contractors on issues related to effective outreach and recruitment of individuals with disabilities and veterans, reasonable accommodations in the workplace, promoting self‐identification as an individual with a disability or a veteran by job applicants and employees, and other relevant topics.

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OSHA Training E-Tools

OSHA’s eTools and the eMatrix are “stand-alone,” interactive, Web-based training tools on occupational safety and health topics. They are highly illustrated and utilize graphical menus. Some also use expert system modules, which enable the user to answer questions and receive reliable advice on how OSHA regulations apply to their work site

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Participate in Safe + Sound Week 2023: August 7-13

Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event held each August that recognizes the successes of workplace health and safety programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. This year Safe + Sound Week will provide resources for businesses on mental health and well-being. These materials will be posted before the start of Safe + Sound Week. 

Why Participate? Successful safety and health programs can proactively identify and manage workplace hazards before they cause injury or illness, improving sustainability and the bottom line. Participating in Safe + Sound Week can help get your program started, energize an existing one, or provide a chance to recognize your safety successes.

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Rogue Business Connections

The Rogue Business Connections community on LinkedIn allows business and nonprofit leaders in the Rogue Valley to connect and share questions, resources and solutions to the challenges that many businesses face in our region.

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