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Crisis Management Plan – even small firms need one

With risks to companies and employees growing, sometimes the unthinkable happens and a business has a real crisis on its hands. While large companies are usually well-prepared for a crisis should one occur, most small and mid-sized firms don’t have the resources or have not put much thought into how they would handle a crisis. One of the most difficult …

Workplace Safety – More Firms Ban Smartphones in Worksites

More and more employers are banning cell phones in the workplace because they are distracting enough to be a serious safety issue for workers. Most notably, General Motors has banned all employees, including its CEO, from walking around with their mobile phones while talking, texting or using other smartphone functions. You already know the dangers of using your phone while behind …

Finding Coverage for the Latest E-mail Scams – INSURANCE ISSUES

As cyber scams and hacker attacks grow, the insurance industry has been frantically trying to keep up in providing appropriate coverage for these events. Hacks, viruses, ransomware and exposure of sensitive personal information of your customers or employees, and any resulting regulatory implications, are often covered by cyber liability insurance. But what about the recent trend of criminals spoofing a company …

Management Issues: Most Bosses Guilty of Seven Deadly Sins – Poll

One of the key tenets of effective management and happy employees is for managers to lead by example. And it’s  especially difficult for managers that do not exhibit to their  subordinates the traits they expect of their workers. A recent study by Florida State University shines the light on what employees think of their managers by focusing on how guilty …

Changing Times – Safety Risks Soar as Job Market Tightens

One by-product of a strong economy is more employment, but the increased activity usually results in more workplace injuries. That’s because there are more inexperienced people on worksites and when a company is busy and there is more activity, the chances of an incident occurring also increase. This is especially the case in manual labor environments from production facilities, …

WEATHER-RELATED RISK  – Commercial Properties Increasingly Vulnerable

A NEW report highlights the risks to commercial real estate owners from natural catastrophes and climate-related disasters, which are happening with increasing frequency. The report by Heitman LLC, a global real estate company, in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute, found that the increasing risks from catastrophes are bringing new challenges to commercial property owners …

WORKPLACE SAFETY – OSHA Not Letting Up on Inspections, Penalties

Despite widespread expectations, FedOSHA under the Trump administration has not backed off on enforcing workplace safety regulations. In fact, the agency is as aggressive as ever and citations issued have also risen, after fines increased substantially three years ago. Based on OSHA statistics, a company that’s inspected has only a 25% chance of not receiving a single citation. In other words, employers should keep up their …

Court Makes New Pay Rules for On-Call Workers

Employers with on-call workers who have to phone in to check on a scheduled shift are now required to pay them reporting pay, a California appellate court has ruled. The court held in the precedent-setting case of Ward vs. Tilly’s, Inc. that an employee scheduled for an on-call shift may be entitled to partial wages for that shift despite never physically reporting to …

WEATHER-RELATED RISK – Commercial Properties Increasingly Vulnerable

A new report highlights the risks to commercial real estate owners from natural catastrophes and climate-related disasters, which are happening with increasing frequency. The report by Heitman LLC, a global real estate company, in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute, found that the increasing risks from catastrophes are bringing new challenges to commercial property owners in terms of risk mitigation and securing appropriate property coverage, which …

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