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The new overtime rule and workers’ compensation

Posted on November 5th, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

The Labor Department estimates that the new overtime rule, which takes effect January 1, 2020, will affect 1.3 million workers. The new rule raises the minimum salary threshold from $455 per workweek to $684 per workweek. This means that salaried workers who earn less than $35,568 per year will be eligible for time-and-a-half overtime pay […]

OSHA’s Top 10 violations: three action steps for employers

Posted on October 9th, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

For the ninth consecutive year, Fall Protection – General Requirements is the most frequently cited standard, OSHA announced at the 2019 National Safety Council Congress & Expo. The rest of the preliminary list of the Top 10 violations for fiscal year 2019 also remained largely unchanged from FY 2018, with one minor change. Lockout/Tagout, which […]

Ten questions to assess your workplace’s preparedness for an active shooter

Posted on September 12th, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

While most organizations will never experience an active shooter situation, it’s clear it can happen anywhere and to anyone. According to FBI data, 250 active shootings took place between 2000-2017. From 2000 to 2006, shooting incidents averaged 6.7 a year, jumping to 16.4 a year from 2007 to 2013, and then averaging 22 a year […]

The key to a healthy company: eliminating lost injury time

Posted on August 7th, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

As the unemployment rate continues to head south, more and more employers have a difficult time finding qualified employees to meet their needs. This means that it’s more important than ever for employers to have an effective strategy to return employees to work as quickly as possible when they suffer an on-the-job injury. Employers must […]

“At-will employee” no defense for firing an employee after reporting a safety hazard

Posted on July 2nd, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently denied an employer’s motion to vacate a jury’s award of punitive damages to a former employee of an iron-casting company who claimed he was terminated for reporting alleged safety and health hazards. When no corrective action was taken after he repeatedly complained about a […]

Important information on the classification of independent contractors vs. employees

Posted on June 24th, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

Department of Labor opinion letter Issued April 29, the opinion letter https://www.dol.gov/whd/opinion/FLSA/2019/2019_04_29_06_FLSA.pdf addresses whether a service provider for a virtual marketplace company is an employee of the company or an independent contractor under the FLSA. It concludes that the workers who provide services to consumers through this company’s virtual platform are independent contractors, not employees […]

Occupational health and safety risks now top cost disruptor

Posted on April 2nd, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

Employers looking to boost the bottom line would be smart to closely examine the costs of their health and safety incidents. While high-profile disruptions such as cyber-attacks, IT outages, or extreme weather get more attention, health and safety incidents are the leading financial loss drivers for businesses around the globe, according to the BCI 2019 Horizon Scan. […]

The daunting challenge of maintaining a drug-free workplace

Posted on March 5th, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

With a national opioid crisis that defies holistic solutions, the legalization of medicinal marijuana in more than 30 states and recreational marijuana in 10 states, increases in deadly overdoses in the workplace, changing state laws, confusion over OSHA’s anti-retaliatory drug testing rule, and concerns about medical privacy, no employer should think they are immune to […]

OSHA alert: Injury reporting records take on increased importance and upcoming deadlines

Posted on January 4th, 2019 by pradig@geakminds.com

Form 300A posting deadline February 1, 2019 Electronic rule making update Form 300A electronic submission deadline: March 2, 2019 How the data is being used: Site-Specific Targeting Initiative This month, all employers required to keep Form 300, the Injury and Illness Log, should be reviewing the Log to verify that entries are complete and accurate […]

The possibilities of telemedicine in Workers’ Comp

Posted on December 11th, 2018 by pradig@geakminds.com

While more and more insurers are offering telehealth as part of their health plans, the highly regulated workers’ comp industry is just getting it’s feet wet. Telemedicine is the use of electronic communication technologies to provide medical services to injured workers without an in-person visit. This fast-paced, instant ability to connect with a medical professional […]