Monthly Archives: October 2011

SAFETY TRAINING: A WORD TO THE WISE

This real-life case reinforces the need for every business to provide OSHA-required training. A West Virginia company assigned a new employee – call him Jim – to drive a forklift, even though he had no experience or training in forklift operation “There’s nothing to it,” his supervisor told Jim. “It’s just like driving a car.”… Read more »

DOCTRINE OF “UNCLEAN HANDS” BARS EMPLOYEE FROM RECOVERY

In the California case of Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the court denied an ADA and Workers Comp retaliation claim when the employer discovered after the fact that the Social Security number that Salas had used to secure employment with the company belonged to a man in North Carolina! In making its ruling, the court… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: MANAGING THE SECOND-GREATEST RISK AT YOUR COMPANY

The greatest risk any business, including yours, faces is lack of proper sales and marketing. With today’s commoditization of products and services, it’s the experience that tends to matter most. Those companies that produce the best sales and marketing experience will usually be the most profitable. That’s why roughly half of all training dollars go… Read more »

LIFE INSURANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL, BUT VITAL FOR THE SELF EMPLOYED

Autonomy, freedom, flexibility – there are certainly perks to being a self-employed individual. However, there are also some disadvantageous, mainly not having a benefit plan provided. You’re essentially on your own when it comes to obtaining Life, Health, Disability, and other insurance benefits. As a self-employed individual, you’re placing your family at significant financial risk… Read more »

TEN THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY TO LOWER YOUR ANNUAL MEDICAL BILLS

The National Coalition on Health Care reported that U.S. health care spending was more than $2.4 trillion in 2008. Although health care reform may or may not come to full fruition, current medical costs remain astoundingly high. Aside from the few and far between people that somehow seem to be extraordinarily healthy, most of us… Read more »

DOG BITE PREVENTION

If you own a dog, you should be aware that it is not completely unlikely that your dog might bite. According to 2009 figures from the CDC, approximately 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year. Of these bites, about one in five result in wounds that require medical attention. Furthermore, the property/casualty industry… Read more »