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Nine actions employers should take to avoid OSHA COVID-19 related citations

Posted on November 10th, 2020 by admin@iwcp

Even the best-intentioned employers find the constantly changing federal OSHA guidance on COVID-19 unnerving. For example, consider the decision whether to report an employee’s hospitalization or death due to COVID-19, which was addressed with different guidance in April, May, July, and, most recently, October (see OSHA watch). Moreover, few citations were issued in the Spring […]

Eight steps to create a winning game plan for renewals

Posted on October 15th, 2020 by admin@iwcp

It is a time like no other for insurance renewals. The COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fallout have upended the decades-long certainty within the workers’ compensation market that let employers reap the benefits of a soft market. Steep declines in premiums as a result of historic unemployment and falling payrolls suppressed investment returns from […]

ControlIn Linkedin

Posted on April 21st, 2020 by Kevin Ring

Your Guide to… ControlIn LinkedIn Isn’t it time… in fact, isn’t now the perfect time… To Take Control of Your LinkedIn Prospecting? The ControlIn LinkedIn Free Online Workshop Series will help you, the frustrated producer, take back control of YOUR prospecting process and LinkedIn positioning. Right now, in the midst of all the uncertainty, you […]

COVID-19 Information Employers Need To Know

Posted on March 23rd, 2020 by Kevin Ring

UPDATE 3/30/20: Federal Law Alert COVID-19: April 1 Effective Date for FFCRA Leaves On Tuesday, March 24, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced that the effective date of the leaves available through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) will be April 1, 2020. Based on the language in the bill, the effective date was […]

Ten Commandments for a Workers’ Comp Audit

Posted on February 6th, 2020 by admin@iwcp

While an IRS audit strikes fear in the hearts of business owners, a Workers’ Compensation premium audit is considered routine. Yet, there is a very good chance that it can result in higher charges, particularly if you are not adequately prepared. Clerical errors, incorrect classifications, and miscalculations often lead to overcharges. There are two important […]

Kevin Ring Featured on Connected Insurance Podcast

Posted on December 30th, 2019 by admin@iwcp

The Institute’s Leader Workers’ Compensation Analyst, Kevin Ring, was featured on the December 18th episode of the Connected Insurance Podcast, produced by Agency Revolution. In this conversation, Kevin discusses strategies that are working today to get employers excited about workers’ compensation, despite drastically falling rates. Check it out here.

OSHA reiterates that online safety training may not meet requirements

Posted on December 6th, 2019 by admin@iwcp

In a standard interpretation https://www.osha.gov/laws-regs/standardinterpretations/2019-07-11 issued earlier this year, OSHA answered the question: Are online training programs acceptable for compliance with OSHA’s worker training requirements?  Interestingly, this standard interpretation is very similar in wording to one issued 25 years ago. While the agency acknowledges that online training is a useful component of an overall training […]

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 […]