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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The Delicate Subject of Cash in Lieu of Coverage

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What if you hire a new employee, who rejects your offer of health benefits because they want to stay on their spouse’s plan and they ask for a higher rate of pay instead? The “employer shared responsibility” requirement of the Affordable Care Act bars employers – with the threat of a $36,500 penalty – from giving an employee cash with which to purchase health insurance on their own. But how about if you are just increasing their pay based on the fact that you are not shelling out a higher amount for the employer portion of their premium? Employment law…
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Report All Workplace Injuries Promptly, Including First Aid

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If one of your staff suffers an injury at work, it’s your duty to report that injury to your workers’ comp carrier. Many employers think they can skip making a report if someone is hurt at work yet doesn’t need to go see a doctor immediately. But the problem is that even what seems like a minor injury can turn into a major problem down the road. Take the case of a man who was working for Louis Truth Dairy, when a crate with milk containers down a shoot and hit him in the shin. The force of the impact knocked…
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