Five Ways to Reduce Accidents among Your Driving Employees

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We’ve often discussed the scourge of distracted driving in America, brought on in large part due to the use of smartphones and leading to a significant spike in vehicle accidents, injuries and deaths. That in turn has led to a jump in both commercial and personal auto insurance pricing. The risk for businesses is even greater as a careless driving employee can result in a substantial liability claim, particularly if a third party is injured. If one of your drivers is found to have been engaged in distracted driving, any judgment or settlement for a personal injury could easily cost…
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Getting Buy-in from Managers on Workplace Safety Programs

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One of the keys to instituting a good safety program is to get management and supervisor buy-in. You need their support and belief in the system if you are to convince your employees to embrace your safety regimen. If your managers don’t believe in the safety plans you have put together, it will show through when they try to sell them to your staff. If you don’t have buy-in from your managers, the chances are slim to none that your employees will embrace the changes you are proposing. Managers play a crucial role in getting employees on board with safety….
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April Is Distracted Driving Awareness Month: Educate Your Staff

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As accidents skyrocket in part due to people using their smartphones while behind the wheel, April has been designated Distracted Driving Awareness Month – a great time for you as an employer to further promote safe driving among your staff. Hammering home the importance of safe driving can keep your employees from causing serious damage or worse to a third party, and also help keep your insurance costs in check. That’s especially important now as commercial auto insurance rates are rising due to a combination of factors, including: More traffic – The number of total miles driven has increased 50%…
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Report, Investigate Near Misses to Improve Safety

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One of the most important workplace safety tools that you can put to use is the reporting of near misses and correcting the factors that led to such a close encounter. A near miss is an event that could have led to a workplace injury, illness or death. While you are not required to report near misses to your insurer, you should be taking note of them as they can help you identify deficiencies in your workplace safety protocols. You should use near misses as the starting point to conduct inspections that could help you prevent a real workplace injury…
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Despite Cyber Threat, Few Firms Train Staff in Security

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Even the most up-to-date firewall and virus protection will not protect you against the biggest threat to your organization’s cyber security – your employees themselves. Despite this only 45% of companies train their workers in how to prevent breaches, according to a new report released by the Ponemon Institute, even though 55% of organizations surveyed said they believe they had had a security breach caused by a malicious or negligent employee. And, 66% of respondents said employees are the weakest link in their efforts to create a strong security environment. The report says also even when there is training, there…
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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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Protect Your Traveling Employees Through Planning, Training

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If you have employees who travel as part of their job, your business has a duty to safeguard them when on the road. When on the road both domestically and abroad, accidents and other unforeseen events can occur that can put your employee at risk … from a bush crash in a Madrid to coming down with severe gastrointestinal pains in Mumbai. Meanwhile, political risk is increasing daily, and so is the threat of terrorism, as evidenced by the spate of incidents in Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino. The duty of care is on the part of the employer that…
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Workplace Bullying Can Cost Your Company

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WORKPLACE BULLYING poses a major risk to companies that fail to take action against a problem employee who is pushing others around at work. You can be sued and be facing a hefty damages tab like the $2 million that Microsoft Corp was ordered by a court to pay out after it allowed bully managers and supervisors to create a hostile environment for a salesperson by undermining his work, making false accusations against him, blocking him from promotions, and otherwise marginalizing him. With so much at stake for your business, you need to put policies in place to reduce 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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EEOC Opens up New Discrimination Class: Sexual Orientation

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In a step that creates a new protected class, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal under federal law. The ruling is significant since it essentially sets the stage for employers being susceptible to a new class of lawsuits, opening up an additional area of liability. While discrimination based on sexual orientation is not spelled out in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it does bar sexual discrimination and the commission ruled that “an allegation of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is necessarily an allegation of sex…
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