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3 Ways to Observe World Day for Safety and Health at Work

April 28, 2011

Today (April 28, 2011) is set aside as World Day for Safety and Health at Work by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to focus on systems and tools for continual improvement in the prevention of workplace incidents and accidents. This year, the annual report rele...

Posted in: Environment: Industry Updates Tags: employee safety, safety day Read More

The 100 Best Companies To Work For-Could Your Company Make The List?

April 27, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Fortune Magazine just published their annual listing of the 100 best companies to work for . The companies run the gamut from services (law, accounting, consulting) to construction to non-profits to retail to hi-tech. Healthcare and Professional Services are the most r...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: CarMax, employee morale, fortune magazine, HR best practice, jm family enterprises, mercedes benz usa Read More

Empowered Employees Increase Productivity, and Morale

April 25, 2011 by Tamara Lischer

Workers who feel empowered by their employers are more productive and have higher morale, regardless of their industry. These are the findings of a new study by lead researcher from the University of Iowa, Scott Seibert. He explains, “Empowerment is an effective approach for...

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The Lawsuits are Coming, Get Ready to Pay

April 22, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

The Cleveland Plain Dealer   reported that over 6,800 private-sector lawsuits were filed nationwide in 2010. The DOL (Department of Labor ), handled about 32,000 wage and hour complaints in 2010, a jump of 33 percent in just two years. The Equal Employment Opportunity ...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations Tags: Department of Labor, employment discrimination, employment lawsuits, employment litigation, Employment Practice Liablity Insurance, EPL, HR compliance Read More

What Goes In Your Dealership's First Aid Kit

April 15, 2011 by Scot Corn

At a moment's notice, your first aid kit needs to be ready for safe, effective responses to emergency situations. OSHA requires that first aid supplies are available for all employees. The short list of OSHA's required contents is here:

Posted in: Checklists, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: dealership, dealership safety, first aid kit Read More

Parts Grinder OSHA violation fixed at KPA dealer safety inspection

April 14, 2011

There's a reason that Parts Grinders are one of the top OSHA violations. Just last week I visited a dealer who has been a KPA client for more than 14 years and an excellent record when it comes to environmental and safety. Yet, during our quarterly inspection we found that t...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Citations, most cited violations, parts grinder, workplace injuries Read More

EEOC Issues Final Regulations for ADA Compliance

April 13, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

Can you define what is a disability and who is covered under the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) and ADAAA (ADA Amendments Act of 2008) ? The answer to this question of what is a disability under the EEOC final regulations may surprise you. Watch this short video to ...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: ADA, Americans With Disablities Act, EEOC, HR best practice, HR compliance Read More

Department of Labor Clarifies Position on Service Advisors Classification

April 08, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

On April 5th, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor clarified that service advisors are not exempt from overtime . While the current regulations states “a service manager, service writer, service advisor or service salesman who is not primarily engaged...

Posted in: DOL Tags: Department of Labor, HR compliance, overtime, service advisors, Wage and Hour, wage payment regulations, wage payment rules Read More

How Many Lawsuits Does It Take....

April 06, 2011 by Kathryn Carlson

While "How many lawsuits does it take" does sounds like the beginning of an HR joke, AutoZone isn't laughing. The company has faced multiple employment lawsuits over the past several years and lost all of them, resulting in some very costly verdicts. Most recently, on March...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: EEOC, employment lawsuit, employment litigation, hostile work enviroment, HR compliance Read More

Don’t Shuffle on Slippery Surfaces

April 04, 2011

Moving quickly in a forward, firm-footed stance across a slippery surface is less likely to lead to a fall than if you move slowly. Approaching a slippery surface slowly hinders the necessary task of shifting the center of mass forward once foot contact is made. These conclu...

Posted in: Prevention Plans, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: fall prevention at dealerships, slips, trips and falls Read More