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Informed Employer: New OSHA Regulations Require Employers to Examine Handbooks and Develop Reporting Procedures

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Report Claims EEOC Has Progressed in Handling Systemic Bias
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission made "substantial progress" during the past decade to revitalize its efforts to address systemic discrimination that affects large groups of workers, EEOC Chair Jenny Yang said in a new report. Every EEOC field office now can handle systemic discrimination cases, and the agency shares its staff, legal expertise and other resources among those offices as it investigates, develops and litigates such cases, she said.
(Source: BNA, 2016-07-07) Read the full article
Despite Making Strides, Women Still Face Sex Harassment at Work
The U.S. may be on the verge of electing the first woman president and women are making gains in the workplace, but the high-profile case involving a newswoman's lawsuit against Fox News CEO Roger Ailes has put a spotlight on an issue that experts say still remains an all-too frequent reality in the workplace: sexual harassment. While a case involving a TV personality and a powerful news executive garners headlines, surveys show that roughly one in four women say they have been harassed on the job.
(Source: USA Today, 2016-07-07) Read the full article
Moody's Claims Pension Funding Likely to Continue Falling
U.S. multiemployer pension plans, already short on cash, are likely to see funding levels deteriorate due to aging constituents, low interest rates and a sluggish global equity market, Moody's Investors Service said in a report. The credit rating company examined 124 multiemployer pension plans, finding the group was short by $337 billion at the end of 2014.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2016-07-13) Read the full article
Lawmaker Introduces 'H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016'
U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-N.J.) introduced the "H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act of 2016." This proposal would require employers "to make a good faith effort" to recruit U.S. workers before bringing in foreign employees and prohibits employers from replacing American workers.
(Source: Computerworld, 2016-07-11) Read the full article
Some Employers Taking Steps to Address Workers' Obesity
Twenty-nine percent of employers identify obesity as a significant issue for their company, according to a global 2015/2016 Willis Towers Watson Staying@Work survey of 1669 employers in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia. The research found that two-thirds of employers offer gym subsidies, but only 18 percent of employers offer weight management programs.
(Source: Forbes.com, 2016-07-14) Read the full article
Experts Say Employers Can Cut Health Costs by Direct Contracting
Employers can save significant amounts of money by contracting directly with hospitals and other health care providers -- cutting insurers and other middlemen out of the equation. That was the consensus of a panel of experts who participated in a discussion on direct contracting between providers and employers.
(Source: Dallas Business Journal, 2016-07-13) Read the full article
Many Workers Don't Get Paid Sick Leave, Leading to Financial Woes
About a third of working adults say their jobs don't come with paid sick leave, according to results from the latest poll by NPR, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. And for some of those people, taking care of their health needs can lead to a financial crisis.
(Source: NPR, 2016-07-11) Read the full article
More Employers Offering Workers Ways to Access Wages Faster
A small but growing number of employers and start-ups are testing ways to give employees faster access to their wages. A variety of options -- some involving payroll cards, and others using ATMs and other methods -- have recently hit the market, permitting people to take home their pay as soon as they have earned it.
(Source: The New York Times, 2016-07-04) Read the full article
Companies Offer Wellness Programs to Help Workers Manage Stress
A recent poll finds that a substantial number of working adults say stress is a critical health issue they face at work, so what are employers doing about it? Fifty-one percent of the people in a poll said their workplace has a formal wellness or health improvement program.
(Source: NPR, 2016-07-18) Read the full article
 
 
 
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New OSHA Regulations Require Employers to Examine Handbooks and Develop Reporting Procedures


Felix "Pete" Wade

On May 12, 2016, OSHA published a new rule requiring employers to inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation and to make electronic submissions about workplace injuries and illnesses. In response to the new rule, employers should do two things:

  • Change the employee handbook to reflect the anti-retaliation provision of the new rule; and
  • Prepare for reporting work-related injuries and illnesses electronically.

The anti-retaliation provision of the new rule, effective August 10, 2016, requires employers to have reasonable procedures for reporting work-related injuries that do not discourage employees from reporting. Employers must inform workers of their right to report work-related injuries and illnesses without fear of retaliation from management. The employer is prohibited from discriminating against an employee for reporting a work-related injury, filing a safety or health complaint, or asking to see the employer’s injury and illness logs.

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Managing your workers’ compensation “frequent flyers”


Jennifer McDaniel

Your workers’ compensation costs may be higher because of a core group of people who have a lot of claims. Develop programs to help employees stay healthy and avoid injury. For example, is the worker fit to do the job?  A functional capacity examination (FCE) will help you to determine if the person is in the wrong job.

 

 
 
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