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Archive for October 2016

OSHA’s Anti-Retaliation Rules Take Effect 12/01/2016

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit data from their work-related injury records to OSHA. OSHA also indicated its intention to publish this employer information on a public website. Fearing that the publicity of workplace injury and illnesses would motivate employers…

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OSHA Recommendations for Creating a Safety and Health Plan

OSHA Assistant Secretary David Michaels today released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs to help employers establish a methodical approach to improving safety at their workplaces. The recommendations update OSHA’s 1989 guidelines to reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues. Key principles include: leadership from the…

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Job Site Risk Management: Ladder Safety

Falls from elevated surfaces are frequently listed as one of the top 10 causes of accidents in the workplace. Most of these accidents occur due to failure to follow basic ladder safety. To help prevent ladder injuries, practice the following safety tips. Setting up Safely Make sure you select the correct ladder for the job—check…

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Feds Consider Regulation for Workers Comp

A recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) criticizes state workers compensation systems and suggests increased federal oversight may be necessary. The Big “I” opposes federal regulation of insurance, including federal regulation of state workers compensation systems. The report contends that state workers compensation systems are failing to provide workers with adequate benefits. It…

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Clarification on OSHA Work-related Recordkeeping Exemption

OSHA requires employers to keep and maintain records of work-related injuries and illnesses. However, if an employee develops an injury or illness while performing a personal task or is injured outside of his or her normal work hours, it can be difficult to determine your OSHA obligations. That’s why OSHA recently clarified the requirements necessary…

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Key Person Life Insurance for Your Business

Protect Your Key Assets Most organizations employ at least one individual who is essential to the company’s success. This person may be an Executive Director, partner or an individual with expertise that is unmatched throughout the rest of the company. If this person’s exit from the company is planned, such as retirement or voluntary termination, then…

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Using Life Insurance to Fund Buy/Sell Agreements

A chief concern among business owners is what will happen upon the death of one of the owners, and how will it affect the business, the other owners and the heirs of the deceased owner. Surviving owners want to ensure the continuity of ownership, and not risk having a large share of ownership fall into…

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