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Nine actions employers should take to avoid OSHA COVID-19 related citations

14 days ago

Even the best-intentioned employers find the constantly changing federal OSHA guidance on COVID-19 unnerving. For example, consider the decision whether to report an employee’s hospitalization or death due to COVID-19, which was addressed with different guidance in April, May, July,...

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Eight steps to create a winning game plan for renewals

1 month, 14 days ago

It is a time like no other for insurance renewals. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout have upended the decades-long certainty within the workers’ compensation market that let employers reap the benefits of a soft market. Steep declines...

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COVID-19 lawsuits, liability immunity, waivers, and refusal to return to work

3 months, 4 days ago

COVID-19 lawsuits, liability immunity, waivers, and refusal to return to work Lawsuits According to data collected by the Fisher Phillips LLC law firm, a total of 283 COVID-19-related lawsuits were filed in federal and state courts through June 30, with...

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OSHA PPE Requirements and COVID-19

3 months, 18 days ago

COVID-19 has not changed an employer’s responsibilities nor the primary tenets of OSHA’s PPE Standard. Employers must begin by conducting a hazard assessment in accordance with the PPE standard (29 CFR 1910.132), to determine the PPE requirements for their unique...

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Early Data Guides Employers on Three Key Workers’ Comp Issues and COVID-19

3 months, 19 days ago

Early Data Guides Employers on Three Key Workers’ Comp Issues and COVID-19 Background: Divergent pressures on premiums There’s been much speculation that workers’ comp will drive significant losses in the property/casualty industry as a result of COVID-19. On the one...

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Bench Marking Your Culture

8 months, 18 days ago

By David R. Leng "If you cannot measure it, you cannot improve it." - Sir William Thomson (Lord Kelvin). Businesses always strive to improve, but unless you know what the problem is, you can’t truly fix it, and if you...

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Ten Commandments for a Workers’ Comp Audit

9 months, 18 days ago

While an IRS audit strikes fear in the hearts of business owners, a Workers' Compensation premium audit is considered routine. Yet, there is a very good chance that it can result in higher charges, particularly if you are not adequately...

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OSHA reiterates that online safety training may not meet requirements

11 months, 18 days ago

In a standard interpretation   https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2019-07-11 issued earlier this year, OSHA answered the question: Are online training programs acceptable for compliance with OSHA's worker training requirements?  Interestingly, this standard interpretation is very similar in wording to one issued 25 years ago....

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The new overtime rule and workers’ compensation

1 year, 19 days ago

The Labor Department estimates that the new overtime rule, which takes effect January 1, 2020, will affect 1.3 million workers. The new rule raises the minimum salary threshold from $455 per workweek to $684 per workweek. This means that salaried...

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OSHA’s Top 10 violations: three action steps for employers

1 year, 1 month ago

For the ninth consecutive year, Fall Protection – General Requirements is the most frequently cited standard, OSHA announced at the 2019 National Safety Council Congress & Expo. The rest of the preliminary list of the Top 10 violations for fiscal...

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