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2011 Mileage Reimbursement Rates Increasing

December 29, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

The Treasury Department has increased the standard mileage reimbursement rates effective January 1, 2011 ( although only a one cent increase)  to 51 cents per mile for business miles driven. Additional increased mileage rates are as follows: 19 cents per mile drive...

Posted in: Department of Treasury, HR: Industry Updates Tags: business miles, IRS, mileage, mileage reimbursement rates Read More

2011 New Minimum Wage Rates

December 29, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

While the federal minimum wage rate is unchanged ($7.25)  a number of states and municipalities have increased their minimum wages (sometimes called living wages) effective January 1, 2011. Employees should review all pay rates and compensation programs based on minimum wage...

Posted in: DOL, HR: Industry Updates Tags: federal minimum wage, living wages, minimum wage rate Read More

OMB Watch reports drastic increase in OSHA citations for 2010

December 28, 2010

A new study by OMB Watch finds that the Obama administration has noticeably increased enforcement of workplace safety laws, and supporting data also showed that the administration was making consumer health and environmental regulations enforcement tougher. In 2009, the O...

Posted in: Citations, Environment: Industry Updates, EPA, OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: EHS trends, Enforcement, EPA, OMB Watch, OSHA, penalties Read More

Do Well By Doing Good- Employee Volunteer Programs Give Back Big Dividends

December 23, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Volunteering as a group is a great team building activity or even a holiday party replacement. Recently the marketing department at KPA sponsored a fund raiser ("Holiday Soup Kitchen") at the headquarter office for the Food Bank of Larimer County and the Community Food Sh...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: community food share, corporate values, employee morale, employee volunteer program, HR best practice, team building activity Read More

5 New Year's Resolutions for Improving Employee Morale

December 22, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Here are 5 resolutions for 2011 that are guaranteed to improve employee morale and motivation. If improving morale and motivation isn't part of your professional resolutions for 2011 you might consider that the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that U.S. companies lose ...

Posted in: Checklists, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: HR best practice, improving morale, morale and motivation, performance incentives, team building Read More

I2P2 Top Priority on OSHA’s Fall Regulatory Agenda

December 21, 2010

Among the other regulatory updates in OSHA’s semi-annual agenda that was released on December 20th in the Federal Register , the Injury and Illness Prevention Program (I2P2) was said to be at the top of OSHA Administrator Dr. David Michael's priority list. We have been hear...

Posted in: OSHA, Prevention Plans, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Enforcement, hazard communication, I2P2, OSHA, workplace injuries Read More

Beyond Improving Profits - Safety Culture Is a Key Benefit for Employees

December 13, 2010 by Eric Schmitz

Creating a positive safety culture is one of the most important things you can do for your employees. The benefits of a strong safety culture go beyond reduction in insurance premiums, limiting exposure to fines and lawsuits and reducing time lost to an accident. A safe and ...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, Environment: Industry Updates, OSHA, Safety Culture, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: employee morale, healthy workplace, OSHA, safety culture, safety training Read More

How Much is Employee "Slacking" Costing Your Company?

December 08, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

The December issue of HR Magazine published by the Society for Human Resource Management is full of information about employee slackers , can they be saved and how much "slacking" costs your company. Several things really stood out as I read through the various articles...

Tags: employee motivation, employee productivity, HR best practice, hr practices, peak performance, productive worker Read More

National Emphasis Program on Recordkeeping (NEP) targets manufacturing, larger worksites, and facilities with high injury rates

December 08, 2010

On September 28, 2010, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a revised directive to its federal pilot National Emphasis Program (NEP). The instruction to NEP to inspect the accuracy of the Occupational Injury and Illness recording and repo...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA, Prevention Plans Tags: Enforcement, Investigation, NEP, OSHA, Recordkeeping, workplace injuries Read More

Prevent Employee Fraud With Pro-active Approach

December 07, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

What you don't know about employee fraud is hurting your business. Consider the Honda dealership in Ohio that lost between $500,000 and $1 million over the course of four years due to theft by a long term employee or the two dealerships in Lousiana that both hired the sa...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: employee ethics, employee fraud, employee theft, HR best practice, HR compliance, occupational fraud Read More