Employment Law 101- What is SWDA?

Welcome to Part 5 of our 5 part series on employment law. Are you equipped to manage compliance in-house? Did you already know about the laws that we addressed? Do they apply to your business? As a reminder, PEOs are up to date on ALL employment laws and regulations (both state and federal) and with a co-employment relationship comes peace of mind.  If you don’t want to memorize an endless list of everchanging regulations, or, you’re unsure about some of the specifics and how they apply to your business, the co-employment relationship may be for you!

Employment Law 101- What is SWDA?

Introduced in 1976, the SWDA (Solid Waste and Disposal Act) is one of the many laws that fall under OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act). This Act protects workers against retaliation in the event that they complain to fellow employees, unions, OSHA, or other government organizations about the unsafe or unsanitary conditions of their workplace.

The SWDA is also called the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and provides technical and financial assistance for facilities that recover energy and other resources from discarded materials. It helps regulate the management of hazardous waste.  Under this Act, whistleblowers are protected from discrimination; they may not be transferred, denied a raise, be fired, or punished.

How a PEO Protects:

Regardless of what industry your company is in, employers are required by law to provide their employees with a safe work environment. Even one slip up or unsanitary working condition can be a violation of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards.

So how does an employer stay up to date with all of the requirements under the OSHA standards AND keep their employees safe?  The answer is simple: hire cost-effective and highly knowledgeable professionals—people that do this all the time! Many professional employer organizations (PEOs) allow you to outsource the OSHA compliance issues AND liabilities.

PEOs are familiar with the specific OSHA standards, and are great at communicating, reducing risk, and staying up to date with compliance. They can even perform inspections to make sure business is being conducted safely at all times.

Congratulations!  You’ve made it through 5 weeks of Employment Law 101. Compliance can quickly become a full time job, especially when you are responsible for numerous employees. To learn more about qualified PEOs in your area that can help offload stress and ensure workplace compliance, contact us.

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