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  1. DOL Enforcement Actions Up and are Expected to Stay That Way

    by Elaine

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently told the House Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee that he “fully expects” OSHA inspections to increase once new inspectors are trained. Acosta’s remarks are in line with the significant increase in enforcement actions employers have seen in the past two fiscal years. […]

  2. Coverage in Action: Crime Insurance

    While you may think your business would never be the victim of theft, the harsh reality is that nearly every business can become a victim. In this day and age, thieves (including your employees) do not need direct access to cash to steal from you—merchandise, supplies and securities are all fair game. While standard commercial […]

  3. Coverage in Action: Employment Practices Liability Insurance

    by Elaine

    From hiring new workers to assigning duties, each of your decisions affects employees in a unique way. Although these actions are critical to running your business, they also create exposures that could lead to costly claims by employees or governmental regulators. Even if they are not warranted, claims for wrongful employment practices can disrupt operations, […]

  4. EEOC Proposes New Deadline

    by Elaine

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    OVERVIEW The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposal that would require employers to submit pay and work-hour data as part of their 2018 EEO-1 Reports by Sept. 30, 2019. Known as “Component 2” of the annual EEO-1 Survey, the pay and work-hour data requirements were established in 2016 but blocked in 2017. In […]

  5. Identifying OSHA Recordable Incidents

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

    The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) generally requires covered employers to prepare and maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a part of the U.S. Department of Labor and is responsible for administering the recordkeeping system established by the OSH Act. To comply with OSHA’s […]

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  6. OSHA Published a Final Rule for 2019

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

    OVERVIEW On Jan. 23, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that increases the maximum penalty amounts the agency may assess against employers that violate workplace health and safety requirements. For most violations, the new maximum penalty amount is $13,260. For willful or repeated violations, the new maximum penalty amount […]

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  7. Legalized Marijuana and Employment: Off-duty Use and Drug Testing

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

      While all marijuana use remains illegal under federal law, most states have enacted laws that allow certain uses of marijuana or a marijuana derivative. None of these laws place any restrictions on an employer’s right to administer drug tests or to prohibit their employees from using or being under the influence of marijuana at […]

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  8. When is a Workers’ Compensation Claim Compensable?

    by Elaine

    Workers’ compensation can be confusing for employers. This piece is designed to help determine when, and if, an injury is covered by workers’ compensation. Carefully evaluating workers’ compensation claims is crucial in helping your company save money and prevent fraud. Workers’ compensation is simply a form of insurance that offers employees medical coverage in the […]

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  9. FBI Urges Consumers to Reset Their Routers to Prevent a Malware Attack

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

    Recently, researchers at Talos – a cyber intelligence unit of Cisco – warned consumers of malware (malicious software) that specifically targets networking devices. The malware, which is known as VPNFilter, impacts an estimated 500,000 routers worldwide, particularly targeting devices from the following manufacturers: Linksys MikroTik Netgear QNAP TP-Link VPNFilter Could Collect your Information Without Your […]

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  10. Covered Establishments in All States Must Now Submit OSHA Electronic Reports

    by Elaine

    Category: Blog

    OVERVIEW On April 30, 2018, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it will require all establishments affected by the electronic reporting rule to submit their 2017 data to OSHA by July 1, 2018. This announcement clarifies the requirement for establishments in states with an OSHA-approved plan. These establishments must submit electronic reports, regardless […]

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