Archive for January, 2011

Red Flags Rule Now In Effect

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

  After two years of confusion as to what businesses must comply and delays in enforcement the Red Flags Rules are now in effect, with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) gearing up enforcement activity.  The Red Flags Program Clarification Act of 2010, signed into law on December 18, 2010, confirms that certain businesses are not within the scope of the Rules.  Attorneys, accountants, physicians, dentists and other healthcare professionals, and many other small businesses are no longer subject to enforcement actions.  Dealerships  however fall under the definition of a creditor if  they ” regularly and in the ordinary course of business: (i) obtains or uses consumer reports, directly or indirectly, in connection with a credit transaction; (ii) furnishes information to consumer reporting agencies in connection with a credit transaction; or (iii) advances funds to or on behalf of a person, based on an obligation of the person to repay the funds or repayable from specific property pledged by or on behalf of the person; however, a creditor that falls under (iii) is excluded from the requirements of the Red Flags Rules if the creditor advances funds for expenses incidental to a service provided by the creditor to the person”.

 More information on the Red Flags Rules can be found at  http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/redflagsrule/index.shtml.   KPA offers a free white paper on compliance with the Red Flags Rules and HotlinkHR clients have access to a complete compliance program for Red Flags Rules and Customer Information Security included within their subscription.

6H Rule Now In Effect, Are You Ready?

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The 6H Rule is now in effect and establishes two classes of painters – “certified” and “uncertified”.  Certified painters must have had training on use of certain paints commonly used in body shops and collision centers under the new rule.  The rule states “the spray application of surface coatings is prohibited by persons who are not certified as having completed the training described in paragraph (f) of Section 63.11173″.

Steven Schillinger, President of GRC-Pirk, the authorized registrar under the Certified Spray Coating program, states “most collision repair shop owners do their best to protect the environment and provide their employees with a safe and sound workplace …in this era of restricted state and federal budgets, the uniform response from government agencies and civil attorneys has been to increase enforcement activities”.    For more information on EPA rule 6H, see  KPA’s  6H Rule Overview and sign up for my free webinar ” EPA’s New 6H Emission Standards are in place, are you compliant?” on January 20th at  http://forms.kpaonline.com/go/kpa/6hKPA

Join the converstation: Are you ready for 6H?

Free webinar on EPA’s 6H emission standard

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Have you signed up for the free 6H Emission Standards webinar on January 20, 2011? Peter Zaidel, product manager at KPA, will review the EPA-6H (40 Code of Federal Regulations 63, Subpart HHHHHH) requirements so you can be sure you’re fully compliant. Click here for the registration form.   You cannot make it on January 20? I’d highly recommend you still sign up as you will receive an email after the webinar with a link to the recording.

OSHA video about the principles and benefits of the I2P2 program

Monday, January 10th, 2011

OSHA published a series of DOL Regulations Videos on their website. In one of these videos, Jim Thornton of Northrup-Grumman Discusses OSHA’s Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2), explaining the principles and benefits of the I2P2 program. In summary, any effective I2P2 program embodies three principles:

1.    Management commitment. Senior management must buy in to the concept of employee safety.

2.    Employee engagement. An effective program must include employee engagement in order to obtain and sustain results.

3.    Hazard recognition program. Embodying the recognition of hazards, evaluation of hazards and control of those hazards

An effective i2p2 program benefits companies in the bottom line and in employee morale.

1.    Direct bottom line. Because injury and illness reductions that have been sustained have reduced direct cost in the form of workers comp tremendously because people have work more safely. They are more productive and their quality of work has increased

2.    Employee morale. Employees who are engaged are safer employees and their morale has increased which makes for a better work environment.

One HR New Year’s Resolution for Real Results

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

We all start the New Year with the best of intentions and a long “to do” list both personal and professional. Too often our resolutions are derailed within the first month but there is one professional resolution you have to keep- conducting your annual HR Audit by the end of January.  Reviewing your HR practices and policies is the critical first step in prioritizing which project you will undertake in 2011.  A HR Audit will help you determine which projects to tackle that will make a real difference in ensuring your organization is in compliance and your employees are at their most productive.

 To conduct your HR Audit you can use KPA Best Practices in Human Resources Programs Compliance Checklist or HotlinkHR clients may contact their Client Advocate for assistance.