While you are busy with the required Hazard Classification Training that we told you about last week, you might want to make time to review any safety incentive programs that you have in place.

OSHA has issued a controversial internal Memo on Employer Safety Incentive and Disincentive Policies. In a nutshell, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary gave Regional Administrators and Whistleblower Program Managers another target – employers who reward employees for safety!
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Employers sometimes pay bonuses to nonexempt employees without a thought of potential wage and hour compliance. Ann Bares at Compensation Force notes that Companies may pay a “lump sum” merit increase for employees who are topped out of a salary range. Other examples of lump sum payments include attendance and production bonuses, year-end bonuses and holiday gifts.  Bonuses