Pay Extra Attention to Safety for Teen Workers

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Summer is coming and many employers take on additional staff, including teenagers who are new to the workforce. These new workers need special attention and training in workplace safety as they have no experience on the job. Every year about 70 teenagers die while working in the U.S., while another 100,000 are injured seriously enough to require emergency room treatment. Keep in mind there’s a lot you can do to prevent injuries to your teen workers, and the measures you take to keep them safe will help protect all employees. The first thing is that you need to know the…
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Five Ideas for Boosting 401(k) Enrollment

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While some employees understand the need to set aside money for retirement, many – especially your younger workers – likely do not. That mindset can perhaps be chalked up to inexperience and immaturity, or that they think they cannot spare the funds. But you as an employer can help generate more interest in retirement savings through motivation, education and making it relevant to your workers. As the start of 2016 looms, and with it open 401(k) plan open enrollment, it’s time to start thinking of ways to boost your employee engagement. The website taxbreakll.com has the following recommendations: • Conduct…
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How to Avoid Inheriting an Old Workers’ Comp Claim

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One of the biggest shocks for an employer is to find out that a workplace incident aggravated a pre-existing injury that was sustained at one of the worker’s prior employers. Some people are serial workers’ comp claimants who may or may not be involved in filing fraudulent claims or malingering (stretching an injury claim out long after they can return to work). And some people, who have been injured at work while employed elsewhere, can re-injure that same injury, forcing your workers’ comp coverage to pay for an injury that may not have been sustained by someone who had not…
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Bureau Recommends 12.2% Rate Cut for 2016

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California’s workers’ compensation statistical agency will recommend that benchmark rates be reduced by an average of 12.2% for policies incepting at the start of next year. The rate filing is actually for a 0.8% reduction, but that comes after benchmark rates were cut 10.2% on July 1, so that’s why the average rate reduction for January policies is higher. The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau will file the recommendation with the state insurance commissioner, who has the final word on rates in California. He can either choose to approve or reject the rate, and if he does the latter he…
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