New Notice Requirement for Victims of Violence

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On July 1, a new notice requirement went into effect for California workplaces concerning the rights of victims of violence or stalking. Under the new rule, employers with 25 or more workers must provide new employees with written notice about the legal rights of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking to take time off for medical treatment and legal proceedings. The notice spells out their rights under existing California law that they are entitled to take protected time off from work to do this, meaning you cannot take action against those employees for exercising their rights under the…
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’Surf-by’ ADA Lawsuits Could be Next Legal Trap for Businesses

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No doubt you’ve heard of the “drive-by” Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits that are filed by plaintiffs who see ADA violations at businesses (like entrances that are inaccessible by wheelchair) just by driving by the location. Now, recent court decisions could pave the way for a new class of ADA claims where disabled individuals have trouble navigating a company’s website – call them “surf-by” claims. Courts recently ruled in favor of plaintiffs who have sued retailers – in two separate lawsuits – claiming violations of Title III of the ADA by having websites that could not be used by disabled…
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Cerrina Jensen Named One of EBA’s 2017 Most Influential Women in Benefits Advising

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Each year, Employee Benefits Adviser names an exclusive group of women from around the country to its annual list of Most Influential Women in Benefits Advising. Cerrina Jensen, a member of the Leading Producers Round Table since 2012, is on this year’s list of 30 women from around the country. This prestigious award recognizes female industry leaders for a variety of achievements, including the know-how to find substantial savings for employer clients and strengthen an organization’s bottom line, such as Cerrina Jensen does in her benefits practice with CoreMark Insurance Services. Cerrina joined CoreMark in 2012, bringing with her a…
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As Competition for Talent Increases, More Employers Offer Benefits

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As competition for talent heats up, more companies are not only offering higher salaries, but also boosting their employee benefit offerings, according to a new study. Nearly 33% of organizations surveyed said they had increased their overall benefits in the last 12 months, a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) study found recently. The majority of benefits increases were in health insurance and wellness programs. On the flipside, only 6% of firms said they had reduced benefits, mostly citing the need to remain financially stable, whether it was due to increasing costs of benefits, economic factors or poor organizational performance….
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Workers’ Comp Referral Ring Busted: How You Can Keep Your Employees from Being Ensnared

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One of the hidden cost drivers in workers’ comp is fraud and while many employers feel that fraud by “injured workers” is the biggest problem, there are also vendors in the system that do their part to skim money from employers and insurers. Most recently, law enforcement in California busted a fraud ring that required attorneys to pay a monthly referral fee to a company that brought the lawyers new clients and then used the same company for a number of services that were later billed to insurance companies. Prosecutors estimate that the ring encompassed 33,000 injured workers and netted…
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Douglass + Liebig: Helping Area Small and Mid-Sized Firms Succeed

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Douglass + Liebig is a Sacramento-based accounting firm that provides consulting, strategic planning and tax planning to small and medium-sized businesses and their owners. They do this through multiple meetings over the course of a year with business owners to analyze their particular situation, build tools and templates to track their performance and then chart the success of the efforts by reviewing the various templates and tools they created. At the end of the year, they know where that particular client is finishing and have constructed a plan that helps to minimize their tax liabilities and maximize their cash flows….
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Creating a Strong Safety Program for Your Fleet Drivers

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While most operations with an automotive or trucking fleet focus on safety, few businesses are actually monitoring their drivers to make sure they are adhering to the company’s rules, a new study has found. Many companies only pull reports on their drivers’ records on an annual basis, which means they miss important developments like a DUI or a few moving violations that will increase the cost of insuring them. In fact, 70% of companies with fleets do not even monitor their drivers and 60% don’t have a safety program in place, according to the study by SambaSafety, a firm that…
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Will OSHA Conduct an Inspection after an Employee Complaint?

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OSHA will make inspections of a workplace for a variety of reasons, including following a worker injury and always after a worker’s death. Inspections may also occur randomly or part of a program aimed at a particular industry that OSHA has decided to target. The other way an inspection may occur – and the main focus of this article – is if an employee contacts the agency to complain about possible safety violations. These complaints may or may not result in an inspection of your workplace based on certain conditions, including the timing of the complaint. Under OSHA regulations, a…
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Silica Safety Enforcement Delayed for Construction Industry

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Cal/OSHA has delayed enforcement of its crystalline silica safety standard for the construction industry for another three months to ensure the California rules are in synch with federal rules on the dangerous airborne matter. The move came after Fed OSHA announced April 6 a delay in adoption of the crystalline silica standard for the sector “to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers.” The silica rules have already been in effect for general industry since 2016 and the delay in enforcement is only for the construction industry. Enforcement for the construction sector was slated to start…
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Right Mix of Benefits Crucial to Hiring, Retaining Millennials

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As the millennial generation continues filtering into the workforce amid a tightening job market, nearly one-third of them have turned down a job offer because of poor insurance offerings, a new study has found. Making sure that you have the right mix of benefits, including voluntary benefits, is important considering that other studies have found that millennials are already hard to keep on the payroll. This has been underscored by studies that found that one in four millennials were considering looking for new work in the next year. In addition, they are more cautious than boomers or Gen Xers in…
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