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May 17, 2018
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BSCAI monitoring debate over the joint-employer standard
BSCAI is monitoring ongoing actions at the National Labor Relations Board over what constitutes a joint-employment relationship between organizations. "Companies should be aware that the broader standard for joint employer liability remains in place for now and that indirect control, contractually reserved control that has never been exercised, or control that is limited and routine, is sufficient to establish a joint employer relationship," BSCAI notes.
CleanLink (5/15) 
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Building managers don't always go for the lowest bidder
Reasonable bids are often the standard for building managers selecting a contractor, not necessarily the lowest bid, writes Ron Segura of Segura Associates. Building service contractors should seek to differentiate their proposals in terms of services, technology or processes.
Cleaning & Maintenance Management online (5/10) 
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Government Affairs
Immigration officials increase employer audits
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has increased checks of companies' hiring practices to make sure employees are legally allowed to work in the US. Nearly 600 employers were arrested on immigration-related charges from Oct. 1 to May 4, compared with 139 in the previous fiscal year.
The Associated Press (5/14) 
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Agencies outline regulatory priorities
The Labor Department, which outlined its goals as part of the latest Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, said that a notice of proposed rule-making on overtime regulations will not likely come until January of next year. Meanwhile, the National Labor Relations Board noted that it is "considering engaging in rulemaking to establish the standard for determining joint-employer status."
Lexology (5/10) 
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Business Best Practices
Taking a broader view of workplace diversity
Hiring managers should be proactive about sharing thoughts on workplace culture and flexibility so they can help job candidates determine whether an organization is the right fit. "We can't penalize anyone that wants to raise children, intends to pursue a personal passion, care for a loved one or be a single head of household," writes Vidhya Ravi.
Medium (5/14) 
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A better solution to internal conflict
Managers often default to "agreeing to disagree" to move a project along, but a better approach is to "disagree, then commit," writes Ajay Shrivastava, an executive at Knowlarity. The former weighs down a project with unresolved issues, while the latter secures ownership of a decision by all parties for the sake of what's best for the company, he writes.
Fast Company online (5/11) 
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Can you be fearless?
Can you be fearless?
You're stuck, unable to make a decision. Is it because you have poor options, or is the fear of failure holding you back? Yasser Youssef, former BSCAI president, shares how he helped a young leader navigate one such situation. When was the last time you chose to be fearless?
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