Monthly Archives: May 2015

EEOC Issues Proposed Rule on Employer Wellness Programs

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a proposed rule that would amend the regulations and interpretive guidance implementing Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as they relate to employer wellness programs. The proposed rule amends the ADA regulations to provide guidance on the extent to which… Read more »

Pregnancy Accommodation FAQs for Employers

What do employers need to know about the Supreme Court’s pregnancy accommodation decision last week in Young v. United Parcel Service? So, now federal law requires employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnancy?  Yes. Always? Not necessarily. There may be legitimate reasons for employers to accommodate some conditions (such as disabilities within the meaning of… Read more »

Is Everybody Happy Yet?

There is much thought being given to what makes people happy at work. This is a response to the overwhelming evidence that most employees feel disengaged from their jobs. It’s hard to feel happy if you’re feeling disengaged. Work can be stressful. As Joseph Campbell put it: “A life draining affair.” The right stress and… Read more »

Editors Column- Uninsurable HR Risks- A Big Problem

For years, I’ve been in a cat-bird seat understanding human resource risk management. One message I’ve preached to clients and readers is the uninsurable risks in HR dwarf the insurable ones (i.e. employment practices liability claims). What Companies View as Their Greatest Human Resource Concerns Hiring people you can trust Getting people to produce Retaining good employees Training… Read more »

Audit Your Management Decisions to Avoid D&O Claims

Directors and Officers Liability insurance protects the company from claims pertaining to management decisions and their effect on company policy, financial reporting and, of course, performance. More and more, Boards of Directors and C-suite officers are targeted for literal or figurative payback when problems arise. What is the best risk management for these types of… Read more »

Look Through Receivables to Find Potential Liability Claims

There’s an old adage in risk management: anything pending is a potential liability. Just like football coaches forgive hitting mistakes over inaction, top-notch business risk managers design processes which complete tasks; and when awaiting customer input, they mandate a date certain response time with follow-up. They do not want inaction to lead to uncertainty. One… Read more »

Five Steps to Better Risk Management

Risk management improves with keen observations. Try these five techniques over the next few months: Financial Statements When reviewing your financial statements for your risk management audit, take a hard look at receivables aging. How are collections compared to last period and industry standards? Increased issues with receivables are a good indicator of future risk… Read more »

Employee Benefits That Improve Worker Production

Offer health services in conjunction with insurance and gym memberships to enhance employee health, which in turn, benefits production. It’s a cost effective benefit. Most companies offer health insurance and some gym memberships as employee benefits. Those perquisites amount to access, not usage. In order to assure usage, and therefore a healthier employee, guidance is… Read more »

How to Embrace the OSHA Mission

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) mission concerns the reduction and elimination of workplace conditions which lead to accidents and illness. Rumored to be feared by many contractors for surprise inspections and handing out steep fines. OSHA, however, administers safety and health more than policing it. If you embrace their mission, OSHA becomes a… Read more »