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Achilles Group News: Heat-Related Illness

OSHA Reminds Texas Employers that Record High Temperatures Can Put Employees at Risk for Heat-Related Illnesses   Don't Let the Heat Beat Your Business As temperatures rise in the summer months, it's essential to keep employees whose roles are impacted by heat safe and healthy to keep your operations moving. Heat-related illness can lead to costly medical leaves and lower production. OSHA's implementation of a National Emphasis Program (NEP) in April has been restated by a subsequent p...

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NEWS: New Sexual Harassment Laws Now In Effect & EEO-1 Filing Deadline Extension

New Sexual Harassment Laws Went Into Effect September 1Governor Greg Abbott signed two new bills in August, SB 45 and HB 21, which broaden protections for Texas employees who file sexual harassment claims. Both laws went into effect on Wednesday, September 1. Employers should take heed of the impact these new laws will have on their businesses. The most important highlights include: The timing of the allegation. While previous language stated that “prompt” attention should be taken by an employe...

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Federal COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates and Opposing Orders for Texas Businesses

Texas Governor’s Executive OrderOn October 11, 2021,Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order (EO) GA-40 which states that “no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”It is worth noting that EO GA-40 does not prohibit employer vaccine mandates. Rather, ...

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Texas Mask Mandate Update: What You Need To Know As An Employer

Governor Abbott recently lifted the mask mandate in Texas, which went into effect on Wednesday, March 10. Many employers have questions about how this affects their businesses and organizations.Below is a list of frequently asked questions about the cancelled mask mandate, with answers that should provide some insight to employers.Is the Texas mask mandate still in place?Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order (GA-34) on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increas...

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Important Texas Workforce Commission Updates

The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) recently posted some important updates regarding work search requirements for those collecting unemployment. The June 30th announcement states that it will delay the reinstatement of the work search requirement for unemployment benefits in Texas. This requirement, which is federal law, was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From the outset, TWC has stated that bringing back work search would be conditions-based.“Due to the resurgence of COVID-19 cases in...

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Texas Paid Sick Leave: What This Means For Your Business

SummaryAlthough currently there is no Texas state-wide law that requires private employers to provide paid sick leave in Texas, the cities of Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio have each adopted ordinances requiring paid sick leave. Proposed legislation that would have blocked these ordinances from going into effect was introduced during the most recent Texas legislative session. However, as of this writing, no legislation has passed to ban cities from mandating paid sick leave. Because of this, em...

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The Buzz on Marijuana And The Workplace: Guidelines For Employers

Hemp. Cannabis. Edibles. CBD oil. There’s a new frontier in American society, one that remains uncharted territory for millions of people in this country. The frontier we’re referring to is the world of cannabis, otherwise called marijuana, and more specifically how it fits into workplace culture in America. Human resources professionals are the pioneers of this changing drug frontier for employers by steadily navigating the laws, advising business leaders, and crafting risk mitigation policies....

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