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Live Long and Prosper- Corporate Wellness Programs

September 30, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Is it possible to have healthy employees and a healthily bottom line?  With ever increasing healthcare insurance costs, reported obesity rate of 1 in 3 adults, and a rapidly aging workforce it would certainly seem that improving the health of employees would be good for ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: Department of Labor, employee morale, hipaa requirements, HR best practice, HR compliance, wellness solutions Read More

Exempt or Non-Exempt, Don't Teeter-Totter On the Edge of Compliance

September 29, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Exempt or non-exempt, or maybe independent contractor- proper classification of employees has many employers teetering on the edge of compliance. With wage and hour law violations already one of the most common causes of employment litigation and regulatory audits the  U.S D...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: employee classification, employment litigation, HR best practice, HR compliance, proper classification, wage and hour law Read More

Tire Tracking Enforcement on the Rise

September 28, 2010

Are you aware that each and every tire that is sold at your dealership must be accompanied by a completed registration for every customer? You should be. Though registration of tires has been a federal mandate of The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) s...

Posted in: DOT, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: DOT, NHTSA, tire dealers, tire registration, tire registration regulation Read More

Predict, Plan, and Prepare – Be Ready for Workplace Emergencies

September 24, 2010

The old adage “to fail to plan is to plan to fail” is certainly true when it comes to responding to a workplace disaster. Employers should establish plans to respond to disasters – natural and human-made – as a matter of corporate citizenship. As it is, many employers are req...

Posted in: Citations, OSHA, Prevention Plans Tags: EHS, emergency, OSHA, preparedness, workplace disasters Read More

Healthcare Reform Intersects with 1099 Forms

September 23, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Many changes related to healthcare reform go into effect today, September 23, 2010, with more changes coming throughout 2011 and 2012. One of the lesser known provisions of healthcare reform is a new requirement regarding submittal of 1099 forms. Effective January 2012, the p...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: 1099 forms, benefit, form 1099, healthcare reform, internal revenue service, IRS, requesting public comment Read More

Speed Reading Resumes

September 21, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Apparently HR managers are quite the speed readers.  A recent survey by Career Builder indicates that 48 percent of HR managers surveyed say they typically review up to 25 applications for open positions. Thirty-eight percent of HR managers said they spend less than a min...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: hiring, HR best practice, recruiting, resumes Read More

OSHA’s I2P2 Survey – Coming to your town?

September 20, 2010

We learned recently that The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was to launch a survey to gather statistical data to support its injury and illness prevention program (I2P2) rulemaking effort. I2P2 is directed towards employers in an effort to establish su...

Posted in: OSHA, Prevention Plans, Safety: Industry Updates Tags: I2P2, OSHA, survey Read More

Get Sued- The 5 Most Common Mistakes Employers Make

September 18, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

Do you want to be sued?  What a silly question, what employer wants to be sued or audited- yet too often employers become involved in employment litigation simply because they failed to follow the most basic HR practices. In conversations with both plaintiff and defendant emp...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: disciplining employees, employment discrimination, employment litigation, HR best practice, HR compliance, litigation Read More

Employer Healthcare Reform Update- IRS Ruling on FSA

September 15, 2010 by Kathryn Carlson

The IRS has issued guidance on statutory changes concerning the use of certain flexible spending arrangements, also known as flexible spending accounts (FSAs), to pay for over-the-counter medicines and drugs. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) established a new uniform standard ...

Posted in: HR: Industry Updates Tags: flexible spending, FSA, health savings accounts, HR compliance, HSA, IRS Read More

GM Temporarily Suspends DOT Hazardous Material Shipping

September 15, 2010

We learned from our GM dealer clients that they received notifications to temporarily suspend all Hazardous Materials shipments from GM dealers on Thursday, September 2, 2010. The communication also outlined the steps that GM dealers have to take to lift the shipment suspensi...

Tags: DOT HazMat training, GM, HAZMAT certification, hazmat compliance, hazmat shipping, Suspends DOT Hazardous Material Shipping Read More