Monthly Archives: March 2013

STUDY DIAGNOSES HEALTH OF WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Although more than three in four businesses offer their employees wellness programs, fewer than half believe that these programs provide an effective return on investment (ROI). That’s the bottom line on a recent nationwide survey by Business Insurance of more than 300 companies. Check out these highlights from the study: More than nine in ten respondents (93%)… Read more »

QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR COMPANY’S 401(K) PLAN FEES?

Don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Many business owners don’t understand the fees employees are paying for their 401(k) plans. A recent nationwide survey of 500 small businesses (with 100 or fewer employees) by ShareBuilder 401k found that employers’ inability to figure out these fees leaves them unprepared for the questions their plan participants are… Read more »

THE ACA EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE MANDATE: SIZE DOES MATTER

Businesses nationwide are preparing for the financial impact of paying for their employees’ Health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) which takes effect January 1, 2014. The mandate will apply to any company with 50 or more full-time (or “full-time equivalent”) workers, under penalty of paying $2,000 a year for every worker in excess… Read more »

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE: BEFORE AND AFTER

Violence is the second-leading cause of death on the job– killing three employees every day — and one out of six violent crimes occur in the workplace, costing American industry hundreds of millions of dollars a year in lost productivity, legal fees, and related expenses. Every business needs a comprehensive risk management program to deal… Read more »

KEEPING YOUR MAINTENANCE WORKERS SAFE

A lack of maintenance or poor quality maintenance causes thousands of on-the-job accidents every year. What’s more, maintenance workers face significant risks associated with their jobs. According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics job fatality report, deaths due to poor maintenance rose 14%, year to year, in 2011, the highest level since 2006…. Read more »

RISK MANAGEMENT: A DEPARTMENT OF ONE

If you’re “it” when it comes to risk management for your business, there’s a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. How do you determine the best place to start, given limited time and money, to keep your workers safe and keep your company in compliance? Where should you focus? How do you make sure that… Read more »

SAFETY INSPECTIONS: AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION

Safety consciousness tends to slip over time – and it’s your responsibility to make sure that this doesn’t happen. A well-prepared and well-executed safety audit/inspection program can play a key role in your risk management by uncovering conditions and work practices that could lead to job accidents and industrial illnesses. Stated more positively, this means… Read more »

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? (A GREAT INTERVIEW QUESTION)

Let’s say that you’re working for a company at a retail counter with a great deal of public interaction every day. Suppose that your storefront is in the middle of an affluent neighborhood, right next to a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and Sun Trust Bank. Now let’s say that because you have a poor landlord the… Read more »

IN-N-OUT BURGER SUED FOR DISCRIMINATION

I have a confession to make: I love In-N-Out Burger. As with any type of fast food, you can’t eat it frequently, but it’s amazingly good when you do. Both of my sons worked for In-N-Out; and the company has some of the best employees and managers in the fast food industry. They pride themselves… Read more »

ACCOMMODATING PREGNANCY IN THE WORKPLACE

Although many women work through their pregnancies without difficulty, some of them with physically demanding jobs or complicated pregnancies might seek accommodation at some point. However, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not define pregnancy as a disability or disorder, but as a natural process related to reproduction. If pregnancy is not a disability,… Read more »