STAFF & WIRE REPORTS
As a fellow reader of this publication, I value the information provided by the many professionals who share updates, trends, and other tips in their respective areas.
The information shared helps our firm and our clients. As a trusted and value-added advisor, we provide objective and compliant, results-oriented analysis, suggest targeted and trackable solutions, train key staff, and support your team. Mathews HR & Safety Consulting was created to assist business owners/managers since most have limited exposure to ever-changing Federal, State, and Local regulations, procedures, and the documentation required to effectively manage today’s human capital.
For example, since the June 2022 roll-out of the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Heat-Related Hazards, current clients shared that they are seeing a rising number of visits from OSHA.
These visits are under the guise of compliance outreach efforts, i.e wanting to check their proactive program. For those unfamiliar, the NEP on Heat-Related Hazards requires Employers in 70 identified industries, construction and non-construction workplaces, to have outdoor and indoor prevention of Heat-Related Illnesses, training on signs and symptoms, and worker acclimatization schedules, amongst other items.
We see more and more of these OSHA ‘outreach visits’ are elevating to comprehensive inspections. There is also an increase in other federal agency visits or audits.
Most recently, we have been engaged to assist clients during Department of Labor (DOL) Wage & Hour audits and DHS/IER I-9 compliance audits, as well as workplace investigations for post-accident situations and allegations of Discrimination, Pay Inequities, Harassment (including Sexual), etc.
Employment laws are continually updated and OSHA’s penalties have increased 7.7% over 2022’s.
We believe given the Upcoming DOL Overtime Change that more planned and unplanned inspections will occur. Businesses of all sizes have much less time to ensure they have the up-to-date specific knowledge, tools, or resources to identify potential business and financial risks associated with regulatory compliance (i.e., OSHA, FLSA, EEOC, DOL, ADA, etc.). Mathews’ HR & Safety Consulting assists businesses with these complex issues on an ongoing or as-needed basis.
Is your business prepared for an in-person visit or phone call from a Federal Agency? Are your company representatives, including your receptionist or site admin, trained on how best to respond when asked for information, documents, or even requests for unaccompanied walk-throughs? Does your company representative have training and experience in Employment and OSHA standards and regulations for your specific industry? Are you confident that your employees will say they believe that your firm provides them with proper training and feel safe in your workplace?
I am passionate about returning the Human aspect to Human Resources and Safety.
I bring more than 20 years of progressive Human Resources Management, Safety Program Development, and Risk Mitigation experience spanning multiple industries to each assignment.
My credentials include Safety Management Specialist (SMS), OSHA Authorized Trainer for Construction and General Industry, and American Red Cross Authorized Trainer.
I hold the Professional Human Resources (PHR) and the Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designations and have an M.B.A. with HR Concentration.
I welcome the opportunity to discuss your current programs or gaps. Questions? Initial discovery calls are always complimentary.
My direct line is (813) 475-5404 or drop an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.●