How to Reduce Your Employees’ Stress During Holidays

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The holiday season can bring a combination of fun and excitement as well as stress and anxiety for your staff. While the majority of workers enjoy December as it brings more cheer to the office, as well as goodies from vendors and maybe even a company party, not everyone feels the same. A recent study by staffing firm Accountemps found that while half of workers report being more cheerful at work this time of year, 35% say they feel more work-related pressure. Top factors affecting employee stress: • Balancing work and holiday obligations (32%) • Taking time off and returning…
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Group Life Insurance a Smart Move for Your Staff

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Group life insurance is among the most popular offerings in the employee benefit market today. Furthermore, millions of American families rely on it to provide desperately needed protection against the devastating risk of the unexpected death of a family breadwinner. The overwhelming majority of workers typically sign on to the program, when offered. Group life represents about 41% of all life insurance policies in force, according to the American Council of Life Insurers, and provides an estimated $8.2 trillion of protection. Employees need the coverage The average American family is woefully underinsured. Most families say they want or need enough…
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Employees Driving Their Own Vehicles on the Job Are Your Liability

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Many business owners don’t think twice when asking a worker to run to the office supply store, to the bank or run another errand for the company while on the clock. But as soon as that employee enters their personal vehicle on a trip for your business, you automatically become vicariously liable for their actions. Think it’s not a big deal? There have been cases when employers have been found liable and ordered to pay up to $25 million for crashes involving employees using their cell phones while driving, according to the National Safety Council. That means if your employee…
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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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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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