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  1. OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule: General Industry and Maritime

    OSHA's Crystalline Silica Rule

    OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule is intended to protect workers from exposure to respirable crystalline silica in order to allow employers to tailor solutions to their specific workplaces. About 295,000 workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in over 75,000 general industry and maritime workplaces. Exposure to respirable crystalline silica can cause kidney disease, silicosis, lung […]

  2. HIPAA’s new FAQs about Health and Wellness Apps and Your PHI

    Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a set of FAQs from the Office of Civil Rights. HIPAA’s new FAQs are meant to address the HIPAA right of access as it relates to health and wellness apps designated for use by patients and application programming interfaces (APIs) used by providers’ electronic health […]

  3. New Bipartisan Bill Aimed at Reducing Health Care Costs Proposed

    The Senate Health Committee proposed a bipartisan bill last month.  Its called the Lower Health Care Costs Act. This bill addresses several issues of health care costs. For instance, surprise medical billing, reducing the cost of prescription drugs and the overall cost of delivering health care, and improving transparency. The proposed bill is the latest […]

  4. 4 Performance Review Trends in 2019

    by Elaine

      What does the term “performance review” mean to you? To many people, it means sitting down at the end of the year with a manager to discuss how you conducted yourself over the past 12 months. To others, it could mean chatting with a manager every quarter. And some might know it as a […]

  5. 5 Ways HR Can Support Employees’ Mental Health

    1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness annually An employee’s mental health includes how they think, feel and act, and includes their emotional and social well-being. While mental health includes mental illness, the two aren’t interchangeable. An employee can go through a period of poor mental health but not necessarily have a clear, diagnosable […]

  6. 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. […]

  7. 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 […]

  8. 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, […]

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  9. 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 […]

  10. 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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