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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How Management Can Demonstrate Safety Buy-In

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We’ve had many articles about workplace safety and that in order for you to have a successful workplace safety program you need not only employee buy-in, but also management buy-in. If the management can show its leadership and commitment to promoting and ensuring a safe workplace, getting staff to fall in line is easier. Dr. Isabel Perry, CEO of The Safety Doctor, a workplace safety app, recently posted a blog about the 18 examples of management involvement she has observed visiting job sites and conducting workplace safety interviews, benchmarking, safety conferences and more. These are the specific examples she identified…
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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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Legislation Would Let Employees Trade O.T. for Vacation Time

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A newly proposed bill would change the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime mandate to allow workers to trade overtime pay for compensatory time off. Introduced by Martha Roby, a Republican from Alabama, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 would: Cap the amount of paid time off that workers can accrue each year at 160 hours. Require employers to pay out annually any unused comp time. Give employers 30 days to pay out any unused comp time beyond 80 hours. Require employers to pay out any unused comp time accrued upon termination for any reason.   Under current FLSA rules,…
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When Safety Shortcuts Become a Criminal Act

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As the economy grows and companies’ operations are busier, workplace injuries also increase. And as companies add employees, they may fail to keep up their safety regimens, which can result in an uptick in workplace injuries. Some businesses have so much to keep track of that they may be negligent in enforcing their safety standards and making sure that all of their safety devices are in proper operating order. When an employee is injured due to an employer’s negligence in keeping up its safety practices, there is typically no right of action for the employee under the exclusive remedy bargain…
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Ransom Often the Smallest Cost of Ransomware

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One of the least understood cyber threats to businesses is ransomware, which hackers use to shut down an organization’s computer system until the victim pays a ransom to unlock it. While most organizations focus on the cost of the ransom, which is typically less than $1,000, the costlier damage is to the company’s operations, which can be hampered or completely shut down after their systems are rendered unusable. Ransomware is one of the fastest-growing cyber threats and attacks are expected to grow 300% in 2016 from the year prior, making it vital for your organization to have in place systems…
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Identify Your Workers’ Needs, Consider Costs before Open Enrollment

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It’s almost time for small group open enrollment and you need to drive engagement so that your employees can make informed decisions about their health insurance options. We want to help you help your employees understand all of their options so that they can purchase a plan that is appropriate for their situation. So here is our advice for the open enrollment: Listen to your workforce Before you make any decisions, you should listen to your employees and better understand their needs and preferences. With answers and feedback in hand you can create a benefits package that is more appealing…
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Why Your Employees Need Voluntary Disability Coverage

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No one plans on becoming disabled and missing work, but it can happen. An illness or an accident could cause one of your employees to be unable to work for months, or even years. While their health insurance will cover their medical expenses, it won’t cover the cost of living while they recover. Only 30% of American workers in private industry currently have access to employer-sponsored long-term disability insurance coverage, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That means most workers – and their families – do not have adequate protection against one of the most significant financial risks…
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Court Ruling Lets EEOC Inspect Workplaces without Consent, Warrant

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A federal court has ruled that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has the right to conduct on-site inspections of businesses without a warrant or consent from the owner. This new development could put employers in the crosshairs of the EEOC anytime the agency deems a complaint worthy enough to visit a company’s premises over an allegation of discrimination. And legal experts predict that the agency will cite this case whenever an employer tries to refuse an EEOC request for an on-site inspection. “This decision arms the EEOC with precedent that it may conduct on-site investigations regardless of whether an…
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