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Effective Open Enrollment Communications

October 21, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

For the average HR professional the fall season means open enrollment for benefit plans. Many benefit plans have major changes due to healthcare reform so it is more important then ever the employers provide effective communitions to their employees during open enrollment.  F...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: healthcare reform, HR best practice, human resources management, open enrollment, society for human resources management Read More

Caught between a rock and a hard place employers increase employees share of healthcare costs

October 20, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

According to a recent survey by the National Business Group on Health , 63 % of employers are planning increases for employees’ share of healthcare costs in 2010. Not much of a surprise that employers are passing on a larger share of the costs given the ever increasing cost ...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: benefit plan, cost of healthcare, healthcare reform, insurance, open enrollment, plan changes Read More

Healthcare cost reporting not required on W-2 forms for 2011

October 18, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

On October 12, 2010, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Notice 2010-69 , which provides that the W-2 reporting of the cost of employees’ health coverage will be voluntary, rather than mandatory, for 2011.  The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act originally ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: healthcare reform, HR compliance, internal revenue service, IRS, IRS Notice 2010-69, W-2 Read More

Key Lock/Out Programs - Common sense and regulatory requirements aligned

October 14, 2010

A Key Lockout Program should be in place at every heavy truck shop. The danger of a truck starting up when a technician is working in the engine compartment or under the vehicle should be obvious - but if you need an added incentive to get your program up to speed, KPA engi...

Posted in: OSHA, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: Enforcement, Health and Safety, Key Lock/Out Programs, lockout program, Lockout/tagout, LOTO, OSHA Read More

Supreme Court now hearing cases that will impact employer and employee relations and employment litigation

October 13, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

The Supreme Court kicked off its 2010-2011 term last week and has already heard one important employment case and is planning on hearing a number of cases that could have major impact on employer and employee relationships and employment litigation. First up was NASA v. Nel...

Posted in: DOL, Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates Tags: background investigations, employment case, employment decision, employment litigation, E-Verify, HR compliance Read More

Acetone - More than Nail Polish Remover

October 12, 2010

Acetone has a low toxicity and is a good solvent, making it as useful for removing nail polish as it is for degreasing and paint cleanup on the shop floor, but it also highly flammable. The acetone vapor (remember that vapor causes burns - not liquid) is heavier than air, c...

Posted in: Citations, EPA, OSHA, Prevention Plans, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: flash fire, Investigation, IOSHA, Knowing violations, OSHA, workplace injuries Read More

Handbooks – Make Them Matter

October 01, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

With the best of intentions, employers create a company handbook, distribute it to all employees, and then are puzzled when the policies are not followed. To make your company handbooks matter, make sure it is EATEN – easily understood, acknowledged, trained, enforced, need...

Posted in: Employee Relations, HR: Industry Updates, Tip of the Month Tags: HR best practice Read More