2015 OSHA reporting and recordkeeping changes

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (also referred to as the OSH Act) was signed into law to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. The OSH Act established that employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace, and also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, a division of the United States Department of Labor, has the power to set and enforce workplace protective safety…

Illinois Employee Classification Act – Part I

Background on the Illinois Employee Classification Act The Illinois Employee Classification Act (ECA) went into effect on January 1st, 2008. This legislation is aimed at the construction industry, but also affects construction-related trucking. The ECA addresses situations where a construction company improperly classifies a person as an “independent contractor” or a “subcontractor” instead of classifying them as an employee in order to avoid paying payroll taxes, unemployment insurance contributions, workers…