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Is your Safety Incentive Program Illegal?

March 30, 2012

In a recent memo sent to OSHA regional administrators and whistleblower program managers, Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Fairfax gives a general warning to businesses against tying management or supervisory bonuses to lower reported injury rates. The memo also clarifies f...

Posted in: Checklists, OSHA Tags: Employee incentive programs, OSHA memorandum, safety programs Read More

How OSHA’s Final Rule on Hazard Communication Changes Your Safety Program

March 29, 2012

As the dust settles around OSHA’s final rule on Hazard Communication, it is easy to see how this is going to affect safety programs at small businesses in the automotive industry. This final rule will become effective, in part, on June 26, 2012, with a built-in transition per...

Posted in: OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: GHS, hazard communication, MSDS, New Hazard Communication Standard, OSHA's Final Rulemaking, safety program, SDS Read More

Social Hiring

March 23, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

Dealers have embraced social media to sell more cars and generate more business in the service drive but most lag in using social media to hire the best employees. The very same things that drive customers to your site and "close" the deal can be used to bring in higher quali...

Posted in: Human Resources Management Tags: best practices for hiring, hiring managers, quality applicants, recruiters, social hiring Read More

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Webinar: Social Media & Fixed Ops: Your Hidden Gold Mine

March 20, 2012

Already close to 200 registrations for tomorrow’s webinar with guest speaker Kathi Cruse. Don’t miss this one! Can't attend? Don't worry, we'll record it, and after the presentation, we'll send all registrations a link to the recorded webinar.

Posted in: KPA Tags: Service Drive, Social Economy, Social Media & Fixed Ops Read More

How to Engage Employees for Maximum Productivity

March 19, 2012 by Kathryn Carlson

Engaged employees are productive employees. This video explains how a manager can work with their team to increase productivity without increasing numbers in the workforce. Driving goals of managing for productivity include real-time feedback for employees to know exactly ...

Posted in: Human Resources Management Tags: engaging worksers, manage for productivity, workforce management Read More

Don't Miss Tomorrow's Webinar: Background Screening 101: Managing the Risk of Hiring

March 14, 2012

This webinar will dispense myths related to background screening and the automobile industry. Make sure to bring your tough questions to the Q&A session at the end of the webinar. John actually thinks pre-employment screening is exciting and promises a rollicking good time! I...

Posted in: Human Resources Management Tags: background screening, managing hiring risk Read More

When to Compensate Non-exempt Employees for Lectures, Meetings and Training Programs

March 14, 2012 by Tamara Lischer

Many of our clients seek clarification regarding training pay and when they are required to compensate non-exempt employees for the lectures, meetings, and trainings they attend. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires employers to compensate employees for all hours work...

Posted in: Human Resources Management Tags: hour and wage, non-exempt, pay for training, training compensation, web based training Read More

OSHA Announces Major Restructuring of Whistleblower Protection Program

March 12, 2012

While OSHA's 2012 funding remains relatively flat, the organization has proposed major budgetary shifts to the Office of the Whistleblower Protection Program (OWPP). This is part of a strategy to encourage more employees to report alleged workplace violations. You can read t...

Posted in: OSHA Tags: OSHA, OWPP, Whistleblower Protection Program Read More

KPA’s JD Rucker Presenting at Automotive Boot Camp

March 06, 2012

KPA is a key sponsor of the 3rd Annual Automotive Boot Camp that will be held in Las Vegas at the Monte Carlo Hotel , May 15-17th, 2012. The Boot Camp is a hands-on skills based training program with over 30 workshops that cover the most important elements of automotiv...

Posted in: KPA, Training: Industry Updates Tags: automotive bootcamp 2012 Read More

Getting Ready for a Safety Audit

March 06, 2012

This article from EHSToday has some suggestions for service managers who like to be prepared before a third party safety audit. Although it is written for manufacturers, the short list of suggestions would be very practical for dealerships and service centers. The Auditors ...

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