Celebrating Diversity – ‘Cultural Competency’ is the Key


With the holidays just around the corner, executives at linen, uniform and facility services companies across North America are planning parties to mark the Christmas/New Year’s season. But if you – like most companies – have a culturally diverse staff, how do you celebrate in ways that don’t inadvertently alienate minority staff members, thus sapping morale and fueling turnover?

Ex-NBA Player Pivots to Success as a Speaker, Career Coach


Walter Bond, a former NBA player who learned leadership skills during a 15-year trek to the top ranks of professional basketball, will share his vision for training excellence during a keynote address at TRSA’s 110th Annual Conference this Oct. 10-12 in Naples, FL.

Two Summit Series Launching with New Virtual Format


To encourage more participation and engagement in a convenient format, TRSA is offering two virtual summit series this spring. The HR and Labor Management Summit Series will be held on April 20, 26 and May 3 from 1-3 p.m. EDT. The Health & Safety Summit Series will be held on three Wednesdays (May 17, 24 and 31) in May from 1-3 p.m. EDT Each afternoon will feature two 55-minute sessions with different topics and speakers.

‘Zero Tolerance’: Best Weapon Against Workplace Harassment


If you treat your employees with dignity and respect, then a “zero tolerance” stance on harassment or discriminatory behavior at work follows naturally, said Melanie Shong Helm, an HR expert who addressed the second session of the three-part “Safe Space Series” on Oct. 4 sponsored by TRSA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee.

Presentations to Guide Employers in Helping Employees Cope


Is your business a “safe space” for your staff members to vent their fears and frustrations arising from today’s economic and social pressures? These are tenuous times for many individuals to maintain comfortable working relationships and remain mentally healthy. TRSA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will conduct virtual informational forums in upcoming months to support member organizations in achieving these.

DHS and DOL to Supplement the H-2B Cap


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced the forthcoming publication of a joint temporary final rule to make available an additional 35,000 H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. These visas will be set aside for U.S. employers seeking to employ additional workers on or after April 1 through Sept. 30.

Supplier Partner Workshop to Focus on Supply Chain Issues


TRSA has developed a Supplier Partner Workshop that will take place on Tuesday, March 29, kicking off the association’s 12th Annual Legislative Conference. The program will focus on advocacy issues and policies that impact the supply chain, with a specialized workshop that will offer techniques and tools for handling difficult conversations with customers about issues like delivery troubles, labor shortages and more.

‘Super Fast Track’ … OSHA’s COVID-19 Vax ETS is Coming


The White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) is now reviewing a draft Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) from OSHA that would require COVID-19 vaccinations for employees of companies with staffs of 100 or more and weekly testing for unvaccinated employees, according to news reports. In essence, that means that the COVID ETS that President Joe Biden (D) announced in September could take effect at any time.