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Determining DOT Civil Penalties

September 25, 2014 by Eric Schmitz

To prepare yourself against Department of Transportation (DOT) violations, it is not only important to understand how to stay in compliance, but also to understand how a DOT investigator weighs and determines citations. Once a DOT investigator has been called to your faci...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: audits, compliance, dot compliance, , dot penalties, safety, safety compliance programs Read More

What is a Millennial?

September 24, 2014

Millennials, the generation born from 1982-1995, are quickly filling the ranks of organizations as the boomer generation retires from the workforce. In fact, millennials will comprise 75 percent of the global workforce by 2025. Because of the millennials’ sheer size, they ...

Posted in: Human Resources Management, Millenials in the Workforce Tags: Change, Employees, Job, Market, Millennial Read More

Staying Safe with Car Jacks

September 22, 2014 by Eric Schmitz

When working on automobiles, it is often necessary to use car jacks. While these tools are easy to use, they also create potential danger if used inappropriately. Without knowing load capacities, operators may overload the jack and cause the automobile to fall. It is imper...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: 29, 910.244, Car, CFR, jack, OSHA, safety, standard Read More

Avoiding DOT Penalties

September 19, 2014 by Eric Schmitz

Last week, you learned how a Department of Transportation investigator will decide what your citation is. Understanding penalties is only half the battle; you should also focus on implementing a hazardous shipping program that will be compliant and protect the environment ...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: Avoidance, Compliance, Department, DOT, of, Plan, Transportation Read More

Possible Ban of Harmful HFC Greenhouse Gases

September 15, 2014 by Eric Schmitz

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed the ban of certain hydro-fluorocarbon chemicals (HFCs). This is the second time that the EPA has tried to reduce emissions of HFCs, which the EPA claims significantly contribute to climate change. If the ban is im...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: agency, ban, Environmental, EPA, flourocarbons, HFC, Hydro, new, potential, protection Read More

Using Total Rewards as a Recruitment Tool Part 3

September 10, 2014 by Kathryn Carlson

Last week , we delved further into the concept of the total rewards toolkit, defining what exactly benefits and work-life mean for prospective and current employees. Through the use of a total rewards program, employees may stay loyal to their dealership longer. A total r...

Posted in: Human Resources Management Tags: 3, and, Career, Development, Job, Opportunities, Part, Performance, Recognition, Recruitment, Reward Read More

September 2014 Tip of the Month – What is HR Automation?

September 08, 2014 by Rebecca Ward

HR Automation is the process of transitioning your paper-based HR products to an online system. HR Automation programs allow owners, managers, and employees to perform HR-related functions on their own. These self-serve options allow actions to be taken at individual convenie...

Posted in: Tip of the Month Tags: Automation, HR, Month, of, Online, the, Tip Read More

OSHA Announces New Workplace Hazard Identification Tool

September 08, 2014 by Eric Schmitz

OSHA has created an interactive training webtool in an effort to teach employers and employees hazard identification skills as well as hazard abatement and control. OSHA also hopes to increase awareness of the types of information and OSHA resources available about workpla...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: hazard, identification, new, OSHA, webtool, workplace Read More

Using Total Rewards as a Recruitment Tool Part 2

September 03, 2014 by Kathryn Carlson

Last week we discussed the value of total rewards for a dealership. Through the implementation of total rewards, prospective and current employees can be attracted, motivated, and retained. We now know that through the use of full compensation packages (a four-part conce...

Posted in: Human Resources Management Tags: 2, Balance, Benefits, Job, Part, Recruitment, Reward, Work-Life Read More

Automotive Parts Warehouse Cited for Unsafe Forklift Operation

September 02, 2014 by Eric Schmitz

After an OSHA inspection on February 12, 2014, an automotive parts warehouse was cited for unsafe forklift operation with the possible penalty of $52,000. The inspection occurred after multiple complaints of a forklift incident at the facility. At the time of the inspecti...

Posted in: Environmental Health and Safety Tags: compliance, fine, forklift, inspection, operation, OSHA, safety, toledo, unsafe, violation Read More