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In this section you will find resources specific to policies and practices to assist you in reducing the extent and the severity of work-related injuries and illnesses including whether or not they are regulated by government standards.
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Do I really have to hire an Ex-Convict? A guide to hiring Felons.

BuzzRooneyEmployers are facing greater scrutiny than ever in their screening and selection processes. Criminal background checks are one of the biggest areas coming under fire.

It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults in the United States will be arrested before age 23 for something other than minor traffic violations. If that’s true, employers who take a “no hire” hard-line to applicants with any criminal history are going to struggle to find talent for their organization.

 

Read more: Do I really have to hire an Ex-Convict? A guide to hiring Felons.

Working with PEOs: Do you know the risks?

JillSTOPPARDPEO’s (Professional Employer Organizations) comprise a nearly $10 billion industry in the United States. These companies provide valuable services to clients who want to leverage a 3rdparty employer to handle the statutory employer responsibilities as a co-employer of their workers.

 

Read more: Working with PEOs: Do you know the risks?

Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Other Disasters: Small Businesses Should Take Steps to Be Prepared Now - Tips

karengordonSometimes disasters strike without warning, such as earthquakes, including the one millions of Americans felt today on the East Coast.  Other times, we have a few days to prepare, like we have right now with Hurricane Irene approaching the Carolinas.  In the case of any natural or man-made disaster, small business owners should have a disaster preparedness plan in place and ready to go.

Read more: Earthquakes, Hurricanes, and Other Disasters: Small Businesses Should Take Steps to Be Prepared...

Can an employer insist on regular attendance without violating the ADA? Maybe.

robinsheaWoody Allen once said, "80 percent of success is showing up." So true, so true!

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit* came out recently with a great decision on when "showing up" -- also known as "attendance" -- is an essential function of the job, and when an employer can terminate an employee for poor attendance even if the absences are caused by a "disability" within the meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Read more: Can an employer insist on regular attendance without violating the ADA? Maybe.

Got Milk? How Employee’s Lifting Limitation Can Prove a Disability

mindychapmanWho’s considered “disabled” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? Ever since the passage of the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) a few years ago, the better question has been “Who isn’t?” The new law eased the definition of disability, allowing many more employees to earn accommodations at work. In this new case, a court has ruled that an employee may be protected if she can’t pick up something as light as a gallon of milk …

Read more: Got Milk? How Employee’s Lifting Limitation Can Prove a Disability

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HCX Facts

Healthcare Costs grew a cumulative 138% between 1999 and 2010 and outpacing cumulative wage growth of 42% over the same period. Average employer costs for health insurance per employee hour rose from $1.60 to $3.35 during the 1999 to 2010 period. This almost 110% increase in average costs per hour was  much larger than the 39% increase in average employer payroll costs per hour for these workers  KFF

 

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