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.
None of us would intentionally do anything unsafe, would we? And where a few simple but mildly inconveniencing steps can ensure our safety, who amongst us wouldn’t take an extra minute or two to do the right thing?
For instance, when using a walk-behind lawn mower, I’m confident we all make sure to “wear sturdy footware, gloves, a hardhat and safety goggles or safety glasses with side-shields,” along with long pants and a longsleeved shirt to avoid any exposed skin, right? After all, we are told that such precautions are necessary (the quote comes from an actual owner’s manual), and they’re only mildly inconvenient.
The prompt reporting of an on-the-job injury to your workers’ compensation insurance company is essential to the effective resolution of claims and to managing workers’ compensation premiums. Not only does prompt reporting allow for the immediate investigation of a claim, but it also:
Enterprise risk management (ERM) is a holistic approach to understanding and managing risk throughout an organization.
To develop an effective ERM program, organizations must first identify their risks, assess their current situation and come up with solutions. Those solutions must then be integrated throughout the organization, because controlling risks in one department won't protect the business if another area is vulnerable.
Enterprise risk management (ERM) is a holistic approach to understanding and managing risk throughout an organization. Almost any business, but especially those that have the potential for large losses, can benefit from ERM.
The terminology — enterprise risk management — is designed to emphasize the need for a coordinated effort to address all types of risks. Essentially, all of a company’s risks fall into one or more categories:
Our Update magazine for winter of 2013 featured a case study on transforming a human resource department, how healthcare reform impacts the war for talent and ways to promote your strengths in recruiting, steps to mitigate risk in cyber liability and tips on increasing participation in a retirement plan.
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The frequency and scope of data breaches have increased over the last decade. Organizations store and share more information digitally, and the prospect of a big pay day in exchange for hacked personal information has drawn more shady characters into hacking.
According to a study by The Ponemon Institute, 90% of companies have had one data breach in the last 12 months. It’s a growing problem – and it isn’t happening to only the biggest and most powerful organizations in the world.
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