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OSHA increasing COVID-19-Related inspections with new National Emphasis Program

Posted on April 8th, 2021 by admin@iwcp

While many employers anticipated an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) regarding COVID-19 on March 15 per President Biden’s Executive Order, OSHA took an unusual step and launched a COVID-19 National Emphasis Program (NEP) https://www.osha.gov/sites/default/files/enforcement/directives/DIR_2021-01_CPL-03.pdf on March 12 before issuing the ETS. It is expected that an ETS will be forthcoming, but the only official statement from […]

Cost-saving lessons from 2021 Workers’ Compensation audits

Posted on March 19th, 2021 by admin@iwcp

As Certified WorkComp Advisors (CWCA), we are trained, certified, and mentored by the Institute of WorkComp Professionals (IWCP) to guide employers to the lowest possible workers’ comp costs. Kevin Ring, Chief Operations Officer and Lead Workers Comp Analyst of IWCP recently reported on a consequential pattern that is emerging from Workers’ Compensation audits across the […]

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

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 […]