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.

‘Vax to the Future’: Alsco Launches Lottery to Encourage Vaccinations


For several months, COVID-19 vaccines have been widely available across the United States. Alsco Uniforms remains committed to working closely with public health agencies in facilitating the vaccination of its employees. The latest in this encouragement from Alsco is a vaccination lottery called “Vax to the Future,” according to a news release.

Top 10 Takeaways: OSHA Updates COVID-19 Workplace Guidance


In response to the surge of delta variant cases across the United States, federal workplace safety officials recently issued updated guidance to help employers and workers identify current COVID-19 risks for unvaccinated or otherwise at-risk employees. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) updated guidance revises its June 2021 guidance applicable to those not covered by OSHA’s COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for healthcare workplaces and adheres to updated U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coronavirus guidance issued in July.

Post-COVID Headaches Plague F&B Operators


This time a year ago, if you’d asked food-and-beverage (F&B) laundry operators what they wanted most, they probably would have said an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with restaurants reopening thanks to a vaccination drive launched late last year, the emerging post-COVID era has brought with it a host of new challenges.