Most employers are aware that employees are entitled to take leaves of absence to participate in military service, but many employers are unsure of the extent of their obligations and rights when it comes to military leaves. This article addresses the questions we are most commonly asked regarding USERRA.
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D&O liability can have many — and sometimes unexpected — causes. This article will help you know what to look out for and manage your risk.
Often it’s difficult to tie an employee wellness program to a solid return on investment, but when your commitment to health and wellness results in an unprecedented 5-year rate freeze for health insurance, the task becomes much easier.
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Whether it’s petty theft, a complex embezzlement scheme or the threat of workplace violence, when it comes to keeping your business and employees safe, you have to consider the possibility that some workplace crimes may be perpetrated by your own employees.
Fall protection has been number one for the past few years on the annual list of workplace violations released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In fact, “Fall Protection – General Requirements” tops the current list by a wide margin with 6,072 violations. Falls are among the most common causes of serious work related injuries and deaths. Employers must set up the work place to prevent employees from falling off of overhead platforms, elevated work stations or into holes in the floor and walls.
Every health and welfare plan (health, dental, vision, short-term disability, long-term disability, AD&D, Health FSA, etc.) subject to ERISA that has 100 or more participants on the first day of the plan year is required to file a Form 5500 with the federal Department of Labor (DOL) seven months after the end of the plan year. There’s a lot of to unpack in that statement, but a hidden issue that often gets overlooked is just how many plans are there.
Let’s say that one of the components of your wellness program involves biometric screening that uses discounts on insurance premiums as an incentive to get people to go through the screening. The government has seen fit to issue all sorts of regulations that control the way that many common wellness program practices can be performed. What are you supposed to do now?
Whether it’s petty theft, a complex embezzlement scheme or the threat of workplace violence, when it comes to keeping your business and employees safe, you have to consider the possibility that some workplace crimes may be perpetrated by your own employees. In addition to the direct costs of the injuries and losses stemming from the criminal activity, you may face additional liability where you knew or should have known that your employee was unfit and posed a risk to others and you failed to exercise reasonable care in hiring or in retaining that individual. So how do you protect your business and employees from workplace crime?
If you are a Minnesota employer, here's a quick recap to this point: OSHA passed a new rule; said it didn't apply to you; then said it did apply to you; then said it had no way to enforce it. Last week, Minnesota finally got around to adopting the federal rule effective immediately, but with a twist. Read on to find out what this means for Minnesota employers.
Caregiving is having a tremendous impact on employee health, touching many of the other health dimensions — quite possibly all of them. Caregiving for a loved one is a very important aspect of our lifecycle but it comes with great demands that need to be addressed — especially in the workplace.
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