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Archive for November, 2014

Upcoming Changes to OSHA Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements

On January 1, 2015, a final rule from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will take effect that will change the current injury and illness reporting and recordkeeping requirements. This new rule adds to the number of situations in which employers must notify OSHA of injuries and illnesses as well as modifying the list of low-hazard industries that are exempt from the annual recordkeeping requirements for illness and injuries. Reporting Requirements Under current requirements, employers must notify OSHA in the case of a work-related fatality or if three or more employees were hospitalized. The new rule will require employers to report single wo

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Keep the Holidays Fun — and Liability Free

November is here— and that means the end-of-year holiday marketing blitz is already in full swing. Businesses are gearing up for the season of office decorations, gift exchanges, home-baked goodies, and the company’s annual holiday party. For employers, the holiday season can be a minefield of potential liability issues. They want to provide a fun and festive environment for employees without creating risks for the company. Top holiday liability risks The three biggest areas of risk for employer liability during the holiday season are diversity, harassment, and employee safety. Diversity. Today’s workplace is more diverse than ever, encompassing employees of many different cultures,

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Partnering With HR Outsourcing Companies

Three Reasons Your Business Should Partner With HR Outsourcing Companies Successfully running an organization of any size and scope means carefully pinpointing which tasks and responsibilities make sense to manage with internal employees, and which roles prove best served by outsourcing to an external resource. While today's business owners have the capability to outsource virtually any job function, the key to efficiency lies in identifying which subcontracted roles will yield the biggest return on overall investment. One key option that often proves ideal for executives who have carefully weighed the collective pros and cons? Working with HR outsourcing companies. HR Outsourcing Companies

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Enforcing Rest and Meal Periods in Hectic Work Environments

Restaurants, coffee shops, hair salons, call centers, and customer focused offices often have “just enough” staffing on hand at any given time. Limited staffing makes it challenging to relieve an employee for a rest period or meal break. An employee who leaves the work area, even for a small amount of time often causes stress and increased workloads on his or her colleagues. This factor, though understandable, does not release an employer from providing mandatory rest periods and breaks to its employees. Breaks and meal periods should, therefore, be scheduled in accordance with state law requirements; for example, some states require that employees receive a paid ten minute break for ev

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Understanding Employer Pay Obligations for Travel Time

For many employers, sending employees out into the big, wide world to perform their job duties is an everyday occurrence. However, many employers are not aware of the situational details that may make time compensable or not compensable for non-exempt employees. Employers must consider both state and federal law surrounding travel time pay and then apply the most generous policy to the employee. Home-to-Work and Work-to-Home Travel – Employers are not obligated to pay an employee for their time spent commuting no matter how far away they live. If it’s part of their normal commuting time, it’s unpaid. Worksite to Worksite Travel – If an employee must travel in order to accomplish th

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Working With 401K Management Companies

Important Ways 401K Management Companies Take The Guesswork Out Of Your Retirement Plans Are you currently utilizing internal resources to manage your company's 401K and retirement plans? You (and your employees) may be missing out on a host of critical benefits. No matter what the size of your organization, partnering with professional and qualified 401K management companies to create your business' specific retirement benefits and policies can yield an extensive range of distinctive advantages that should not be ignored. Working with leading 401K management companies can offer your business the following advantages: More time for core responsibilities: First and foremost, partnering with 4

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