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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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Using Social Network Sites Such as Facebook to Screen Job Candidates Increases Legal Risk for Employers in 2011

lesrosenA background screening trend that recently emerged where employers used social network sites such as Facebook – the most popular social networking site with over 500 million active users worldwide – to run ‘Social Network Background Checks’ on job candidates should become even more prevalent in 2011, and increase the legal risks for employers.

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Flu Season: An Outbreak of Issues for Employers.

Flu season is upon us, and for many employers, that means more employees calling in sick. Healthcare settings often advise or mandate that employees receive a flu vaccination because of their contact with patients, but what about other workplace settings? Can employers require their workers to be vaccinated?

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Employee Retention & Attrition in Mergers/Acquisitions: Minimizing Risks of Employee Defection

 by Christopher P. StiefA merger that looks good on paper can lose value when too many employees in the target company get nervous about what life will be like after the deal closes -- Will the culture be different? Is the acquiring firm too big? Too rigid? Will they understand how we do business? These risks have had enormously negative impacts on many mergers.

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Benefits Alert: New disclosure requirements mandated by health care reform

Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (“PPACA”)One of the goals and mandates of the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act (“PPACA”) is to make health care coverage more transparent and understandable. The premise is simple. If each health plan and health insurer provides consumers with easy-to-understand explanations of the benefits available under a particular coverage and the explanations are provided in a uniform format, consumers will be able to easily compare coverages and make intelligent choices on what coverage works best for them. 

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Businesses: Emergency Planning for Employees -Prepare, Plan Stay Informed

emergency preparendessWhat is the Cost

The following will give you an idea of what it may cost to develop a disaster protection and business continuity plan. Some of what is recommended can be done at little or no cost. Use this list to get started and then consider what else can be done to protect your people and prepare your business.

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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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