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Legal

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From the president: Another blown opportunity to save lives in Minnesota

SFM has been an active supporter of proposed state laws banning the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving.

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"Ban the Box" doesn't prevent criminal background check

"Ban the box" is a national movement that prevents employers from asking about criminal history prior to interviewing applicants. In some cases, criminal background checks can be a useful hiring tool.

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What the 'gig economy' means for worker protections

A growing gig economy might leave some workers with gaps in workers' compensation and other protections.

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Are your workers independent contractors or employees?

Employers' workers' compensation requirements differ for workers considered employees versus those considered independent contractors.

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OSHA's electronic reporting requirements for employers

You may have questions about whether your business is required to submit information to OSHA electronically, and what information you will need to submit.

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Wisconsin law makes workers’ compensation ‘exclusive remedy’ for temp worker injuries

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill into law on February 28 that prevents temporary employees who sustain work injuries from suing their employers, rather than going through workers’ compensation.

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Are injuries at a work holiday party compensable?

Although in most cases injuries that occur during a work holiday party would not be compensable, there are some exceptions.

A man yelling at a coworker in an office
Why you need to watch out for workplace bullies

The Workplace Bullying Institute estimates that 60.3 million U.S. workers are affected by bullying. Here are tips to prevent it in your workplace.

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Do volunteers qualify for workers' compensation?

Volunteers generally aren’t eligible for workers' compensation benefits, but there are exceptions, and state laws can differ.

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Tips for hiring temporary workers or subcontractors

Before you hire temporary employees or independent subcontractors, get answers to your questions about their safety and workers’ compensation coverage.

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