The Interplay of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Workers’ Compensation

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Workers Compensation laws-the three core US laws concerning employment-are intricately related to each other. Their relationship with each other is such that it has earned the epithet, the “Bermuda Triangle of employment law”.

Considering that employers who come under these laws can be hauled up legally if they fail to comply with these laws; it is absolutely essential for them to understand the nitty-gritty of each of these laws and the way each relates to the other. The penalties that attach to noncompliance are significant. So, employers are morally and legally bound to implement the ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation laws at their organizations to ensure that the employees receive the benefits and protections these laws provide.

To do so, everyone in the organization concerned with the application of these laws, such as senior leadership, human resources professionals, compliance professionals, payroll professionals, and operations professionals, needs to be aware of the meaning, purpose and detail of these laws.

It is to familiarize them with not just the letter, but also the spirit of these laws that GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of regulatory compliance, is organizing a six-hour learning session on the topic, “The Interplay of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and Workers’ Compensation”, on January 15, 2020.

Diane L. Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting LLC, will be the expert at this session. Please log on to Globalcompliancepanel to register for this highly pertinent and valuable webinar.

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Each of these laws carries its own unique purposes and background in which it was legislated. At their core, this the purview of each of these laws:

  • The ADA: Aimed at prohibiting discrimination at the workplace
  • The FMLA: This law sets minimum leave standards
  • Workers compensation laws: Set the rules for the ways and extent to which employees who get injured at the workplace need to be compensated and rehabilitated and for minimizing employer liability.

There is significant overlap when these three laws are to be applied in practice, often in tandem. For example, most unscheduled and scheduled absences related to the illness of an employee or a family member, call for application of each, two or all three of these laws. When these laws are not implemented in the way they are supposed to be, the employers risk facing significant penalties and may have to take remedial actions that could include reinstatement, backpays, retroactive benefits, and damages of various kinds.

Participants of this webinar will gain a clear understanding of each of these laws individually, and more importantly, the way they interact with each other. They will learn how to integrate these aspects of these laws into company policies. The expert will also show how employers should make these policies known to the employees.

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About the speaker: Diane brings over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena. She has done HR consulting and administration in corporate, government, consulting and pro bono environments. Her organization provides comprehensive, cost-effective Human Resources solutions for small to mid-sized firms in the greater Chicagoland area. Additionally, Diane conducts webinars on a wide-variety of HR topics for training firms across the country.

 

Evolution of the Quality Management System

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An efficient and effective Quality Management System is the cornerstone for organizations in the regulated industries. Such a QMS signals to the regulatory authorities such as the FDA and others, that there are no lacunae in the completeness, accuracy, and consistency of an organization’s QMS.

It is not to satisfy the regulatory bodies alone that a robust QMS is necessary: it also gives the organization’s personnel the ability to meet quality requirements with consistency and accuracy. Accuracy of outcomes and quality of work are the results of such an assurance.

It is to help organizations in the regulated industries understand and get their QMS right, in the prescribed manner, that GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of regulatory compliance, is organizing a long, six-hour webinar, on Jan 21, 2020.

GlobalCompliancePanel brings Susanne Manz, a well-known and highly accomplished leader in the medical device industry with emphasis on quality, compliance, and Six Sigma, as the Director of this web seminar. To register for this highly valuable learning, please log on to GlobalCompliancePanel

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The regulatory guidelines state that the organization should “…establish and maintain a quality system that is appropriate for the specific medical device(s) designed and manufactured”. This makes it imperative for organizations to understand the exact requirements relevant to them and tailor them to their precise needs.

The consequences of having an inefficient QMS are obvious:

  • It can lead to serious compliance and quality issues, inviting 483 observations, Warning Letters, and even consent decrees
  • It can lead to inconsistent or poor product quality, which could result in non-conformances, complaints, and even recalls
  • The confusion and inconsistency it generates could lead to duplication of work and corrective and preventive actions, all of which can drastically increase the cost of quality

It goes without saying that utterly squandered time and money, and missed opportunities are the fruit of all this.

This marathon session will help participants understand the gravity of these issues and teach them how to avoid getting into these troubles, which can eventually destroy the business.

At this session, Susanne will explain the fundamentals of a sound QMS. She will show how to put in place an efficient and effective QMS with which the organization can meet its compliance objectives and improve its product quality, which brings in higher customer satisfaction and vastly enhanced business outcomes.

Core aspects of how to establish and maintain a QMS will be explained. These include the Basic Requirements, Management Responsibility, Quality Audit, Personnel, QMS structure, Quality Policy, Quality Manual and Standard Operating Procedures, Work Instructions, Forms, etc.

Participants will gain the following learning objectives at this session:

  • Overview of the Regulations
  • Essentials of an effective QMS
  • Essentials of an efficient QMS
  • Lessons learned and common Mistakes
  • Maturity modeling
  • Improvement tools
  • Best practices
  • Preparing for an FDA inspection

This webinar has the following agenda:

  • Regulatory Expectations
  • Lessons Learned from 483s and Warning Letters
  • Common Problems, Mistakes, and Warning Signs
  • How to Structure your QMS
  • Quality Policy and Manual Requirements
  • QMS Structure, Hierarchy, and Documents
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Key capabilities
  • Best Practices
  • Vision, Strategy, and Planning

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About the expert: Black Belt, Master Black Belt, Regulatory Affairs Certification (RAC) and Certified Quality Auditor (CQA) Susanne Manz brings an extensive background in quality and compliance for medical devices, which spans all areas from new product development, to operations, to post-market activities. Her consulting business provides services to help medical device companies achieve world-class quality and compliance.

 

Transition from Peer to Supervisor

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A promotion is certainly something that every employee looks forward to. In most cases, it is a just reward for all the hard work, initiative, dedication and motivation an employee exhibits at work. Yet, most employees what are promoted fail to reckon with a very problematic situation that a promotion brings: having to work with the very colleagues the employee superseded and got promoted.

This can be quite an issue, because, after all, it is human nature to be insecure, envious and even cantankerous about a peer’s progress, even if it was well-deserved. Having to deal with such colleagues requires tact, amiability, understanding and openness.

Tonia Morris, Founder of Simply HR, LLC a consultant and management firm, will show what qualities to cultivate and demonstrate in such situations at a four-hour webinar that is being organized on January 10, 2020 by GlobalCompliancePanel, a leading provider of professional training for all the areas of regulatory compliance.

At this webinar, which is of immense value to Managers, Supervisors, Leaders, Human Resource Professionals, and Shift leaders or Team; Tonia will get down to explaining ways by which supervisors can lead from the front without getting into conflict with their colleagues, especially those whose position they would have taken, or those who they would have outperformed.

Please visit Globalcompliancepanel to register for this valuable learning.

 

This webinar will offer newly promoted employees the tools and techniques for dealing with their colleagues. It is vital for them to have this knowledge because lack of it can result in frictions at work. As conflict deepens, there are chances of many employees quitting the organization and looking for better options. The learning gained at this webinar will help the participants foster better employee engagement, a core factor in retaining talent and increasing productivity.

The result of this learning is that the newly promoted supervisor will be better equipped to handle discordance at work. Tonia will show how to motivate direct reportees and handle conflict while remaining legally compliant all the time. The skills learnt at this webinar can be applied straightaway at work.

This webinar will have the following agenda:

  • Setting Yourself up for Success
  • Developing Legal Awareness
  • Understanding Communication Styles
  • How to Build Trust
  • Motivating your Team to achieve results
  • Delegating Work to Your Team
  • Managing Employee Performance
  • Time Management
  • How to deal with uncomfortable situations

 

About the speaker:

Tonia Morris, who calls herself “your Generational Connector”, owns her speaking and training company. An accomplished speaker, Tonia offers leaders training solutions that cultivate a generationally-inclusive work place.

She has partnered with organizations such as Chick-fil-A, Oracle, Spelman and Kennesaw University to name a few, to bring training solutions for engaging Millennials in the workplace, working with leaders to transform their cultures by attracting, developing and retaining a workforce that is generationally inclusive.

With more than 20+ years of progressive HR experience, Tonia provides keynote speeches, lunch-and-learns, and workshops for organizations and associations across the Southeast.

 

 

What are the FDA’s Process Validation requirements?

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Process Validation (PV), according to the FDA, is collecting and assessing data right from the design stage till the production stage. PV is set out for all the stages of production for a product in the FDA-regulated industries. The core purpose of PV is to establish scientific proof that any process being employed has the capability of delivering quality products consistently.

The FDA’s process validation requirements are set out in its general principles of Process Validation. Starting from 1987, the FDA has been issuing guidelines at intervals to state, improve and strengthen the general principles of Process Validation. In almost a quarter century of the first guideline, the revision of January 2011 came into being. This guideline is considered a landmark and a guide for PV professionals since it reworked extensively and expanded the general principles on process validation. It is the current guideline from the FDA on Process Validation requirements.

These are what the FDA’s 2011 guideline on general principles on Process Validation propagate:

  • Incorporation of the principles of sound science
  • Taking steps to assess and mitigate risk
  • Bringing about improvements in every stage of the process
  • Adapting the science-based principles of contemporary manufacturing
  • Fostering and encouraging innovation

The centrality of control to process validation

Process validation is tied to the product lifecycle approach by the FDA general principles on process validation of 2011. The central purpose of process validation is to ensure that the process is in a state of control at all stages of production.

The following points illustrate the reason for which the FDA expects its PV requirements to be met:

  • Being a process that is ongoing and continuous, PV begins at the earliest stages of production and goes on till the product’s lifecycle is completed
  • Those in charge of commercial production should have deep and intimate knowledge of the workings of PV principles
  • Only this knowledge helps PV professional locate the sources of variability and address them
  • Only PV into which risk management is built frees errors from the product

The three stages of PV

The FDA stipulates three layers or stages on which its general principles of Process Validation are built:

  • Process design: The stage in which the knowledge gained helps the commercial process define the process development activities
  • Process qualification: The stage where PV guarantees that the process design has the capability for being reproduced at industrial level
  • Continued Process Validation: The most important stage PV in that this is where the element of control into the routine production process is introduced and built; Continued Process Validation takes under its ambit all activities such as continuous verification, maintenance, and process improvement. Information is collected and monitored during commercialization to assess the Continued Process Validation stage.

Screen-free coding for kids : mTiny robot review

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My five- and seven-year-old constantly fight over who gets the iPad first. We have one, and they get to use it in tiny doses, usually when I’m at my wit’s end. Their favorite app? ScratchJr, MIT’s go-to coding tool for kids. They like to code. No. They love to code, like the good little 21st-century humanoids they are.

They love coding so much and I am so unwilling to give them their own devices that I decided to try something new. It’s also something that sounds so counterintuitive it actually might work: screen-free coding.

With the latest studies presenting a pretty damning picture of screen time’s effects on children’s development, I’m delighted to hear that screen-free coding is all the rage now. It is exactly what it sounds like: a way to explore the key concepts of coding sans screen. At its core, coding is simply giving a set of specific directions to someone or something to produce a desired result. Nothing in that definition demands a screen.

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It is about computational thinking though and the ability to identify and solve problems by breaking the problem and solution into workable chunks. You could teach your kid computational-thinking strategies by asking them to tell you how to make a peanut butter sandwich and it meets the screen-free requirement.

While my kids may want to consume peanut butter sandwiches while they code, hearing that they’re “coding” by telling me how to make them wouldn’t go over well. They want to turn ScratchJr purple and make him curse and jump. They want some form of pixels and plastic to beep and whir and zing. They do not want to watch their mother botch sandwich making because of their bad directions.

Enter mTiny, Makeblock’s cube-shaped robot for the preschool set. It’s cute. It’s fun. It talks. It twirls and giggles and sings. It’s screen-free but uses the same graphics found in ScratchJr in the form of coded cards.

In addition to the USB-rechargeable mTiny robot — with cute panda ears and tail — the kit comes with 36 coding-instruction cards, which are essentially cardboard versions of the ScratchJr graphics. To build codable scenes for mTiny to navigate, Makeblock includes 24 themed, reversible map blocks that kids put together like jigsaw pieces.

More read via https://www.engadget.com/2019/11/17/mtiny-screen-free-coding-robot-review-stem-toy/

How Artificial Intelligence is transforming logistics sector

The Logistics sector has always been one of the most growing sectors and a laggard in the adoption of technology.

The Logistics sector has always been one of the most growing sectors and a laggard in the adoption of technology. But the advent of latest technologies like IoT, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Machine Learning (ML) have set this sector on a path, which is soon going to not just transform the sector but also will give rise to a whole new breed of paradigms. Now, as the demand for logistics companies is growing, the driver’s safety has become a primary concern.

With the apps like fleet management system (FMS), it is possible to observe driver’s behaviour in real-time and make a training plan which can also solve the issue of employee’s long driving hours and breaks between drives with fully automated fleets. The availability of sensors and Bluetooth wireless technologies in the trucks have made it easier to add trucks to this burgeoning online network of supply chain data, providing last-mile visibility that was previously unattainable.

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Logistics companies are using GPS systems and AI to track the location of their trucks, they can now set up geofences to enable alerts when a truck is nearing its destination, danger, optimise routes using real-time traffic data, improve vehicle utilisation, and automatically track driver hours and fuel tax reporting information. A user-generated input via smartphones is sent onto the drivers which helps them to know the route around construction or congested areas. So that they can avoid these routes and take an alternative route.

Firms have started using this technology for Fuel optimisation, Operational Planning & allocation based on Geospatial & status data, dynamic route management and control. In situations like human errors, traffic or accidents, AI predicts decisions based on data analysis and help to avoid accidents and maintain their safety.

Full Post you can read Via https://www.financialexpress.com/industry/technology/how-artificial-intelligence-is-transforming-logistics-sector/1765595/

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