Safe Workplaces Keep Workforces and Bottom Lines Healthy

Workplace Safety

Providing a safe workplace is not only required by law; it’s the right thing to do and makes good business sense, too. Still, accidents happen. Workplace injuries hurt both employees and employers, in different ways. Physical well-being is the...

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A Mediocre Hire Could Be Worse Than a Bad Hire

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A 2018 study by The Hartford asked small businesses owners what their biggest challenge was — finding good employees, competing with big business, tax compliance or uncertain economic times? An overwhelming 64 percent of respondents identified...

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Workplace Violence: Most Active Shooter Incidents Occur at Work

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Last Friday morning, on May 31, 2019, DeWayne Craddock informed his bosses via email he was resigning from his career as an engineer for Virginia Beach’s municipal government, where he tended the water and sewer system for the past 15 years. But...

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Inclement Weather Policy: Can Employers Require Attendance During Severe Storms?

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When business owners create their organization’s inclement weather policy, the first scenario to come to mind is often extreme winter weather. Let’s face it, how many times do you see cancellations on the news due to torrential downpours, hail or...

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Fair Pay is Fair Play: A Pay Equity Audit Ensures Compliance with New Laws

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To try to equalize compensation between male and female employees and people in other protected classifications, fair pay laws are gaining traction in states and cities. The nation’s renewed focus on pay equity means employers of all sizes can...

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Tornado Preparedness in the Workplace: Keeping Employees Safe

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The past few weeks, the weather in the Midwest has been dominated by severe storms, including heavy downpours, flooding, large hail, strong winds, and damaging tornadoes. And what’s worse, it appears to just keep coming. Last week alone, dozens...

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Ask the Expert: What OSHA’s Big Budget Increase Means for Businesses

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After years of a relatively level budget and a gradual decline in compliance and safety and health officers, news broke earlier this month about a significant budget increase for OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).

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Common Interview Questions That Are Actually Illegal

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It’s only natural to want to know as much as possible when interviewing a potential candidate for a position at your business. Especially when you consider the cost of a bad hire, which the DOL estimates is at least 30 percent of the employee’s...

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EEO-1 Pay Data Requirements Reinstated, Now Due September 30, 2019

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Businesses with 100 or more employees, as well as federal contractors with 50 or more employees, long have been required to submit annual Employer Information Reports (EEO-1 Reports), or surveys, disclosing the job category, race, sex and...

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Ghosting: Issuing Final Paychecks When an Employee Disappears

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At one time, the only people who seemed to get “ghosted” were millennials in the dating world who shared their stories across social media. Unfortunately, the traumatic practice of ending personal relationships suddenly, by cutting off all...

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