Know about discriminatory practices to avoid. Federal employment discrimination law does not prohibit employers from requesting or obtaining criminal history information about applicants and employees. However, an employer’s use of such information could result in a claim of discrimination.
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For many employers, performance evaluations have become obsolete and for others they still exist, but only as a small part of a much grander process. Unfortunately, the annual performance evaluation by itself seldom provides any benefit, is often dreaded by managers and employees alike, and can be incredibly time consuming.
HIPAA rules require group health plans to provide special enrollment opportunities to certain employees, dependents, and COBRA qualified beneficiaries. Being aware of special enrollment situations is important, along with making sure special enrollment rights are communicated.
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Malware ramps up, hacktivist sentenced, mortgage docs exposed, router hijacking and more.
Many employers with more than 10 employees are required to keep a record of serious work-related injuries and illnesses throughout the year. This “record” is known to most of us as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) 300 or OSHA Log. February 1 marks the deadline for employers to tabulate their OSHA 300 Logs and post your OSHA 300A Summaries. March 2 marks the deadline for submitting Form 300A summary data to OSHA electronically via OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA).
You might be tired of hearing about new cyber risks, especially around the holiday season with all of its other stressors, but now is the ideal time to protect your family as smart devices are a very popular type of holiday gift. Like any evolving technology, smart home tech is especially vulnerable to hackers. Do you own — or are you thinking about purchasing — any of the following popular devices?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has made its list (and checked it twice) of the 10 most frequently cited violations of 2018. While the list does not change much from year to year, there are still lessons that can be learned from other employers’ mistakes. We present to this list to help you identify common pain points and keep your workplace on the nice list. Following a broad discussion of the top 10 violations, we’ll take a deep-dive look into each issue every month throughout 2019.
You take steps to protect your business from perils such as fire and theft. But how do you start to understand a risk that you cannot see and perhaps have never experienced? This is the predicament that many business executives are facing and the nature of cyber risk. As businesses become more connected and dependent on online systems and vendors, the risk of a data breach or crippling business disruption goes up. If you rely on email and access to the internet to conduct everyday business, you're at risk.
Why do we fail to set safety goals? There is likely a long list with time and resources being at the top. Or maybe goals were set in the past and they were never met. Even with a mountain of data, goal setting is hard work. The right goals balance objectives, strategy and performance. When it comes to setting safety goals, we have identified five things you should consider to establish goals that motivate and spark renewed efforts toward safety.
Once upon a time, the price of a business insurance policy was determined, in large part, by an underwriter’s assessment of an organization’s risk. The underwriter would weigh the perceived risk the insurance carrier was taking on and determine premiums for taking on that risk. But as more and more data becomes digitized, data is playing a more central role in insurance carriers’ determinations — not only in pricing a risk, but whether to even take on the risk in the first place. Enter predictive modeling.
OSHA recently released a memo clarifying how to apply standards when conducting compliance investigations. The federal regulations are still in place and remain unchanged, but the memo raises some concerns about post-accident drug testing. If you’re going to conduct post-accident drug testing, you should still have some reason to believe that drug or alcohol use could have increased the likelihood of the incident occurring. Also, if you’re going to offer safety incentives for clean safety records, consider accompanying them with other incentive programs that more clearly reward actual safe practices or behaviors.
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