Cargo Theft on the Rise, Growing More Sophisticated

Although you may not hear much about it on the evening news, according to the FBI, cargo theft is on the rise and the gangs (it's usually gangs pulling off these heists) are using new techniques to dupe their targets. Thieves are focusing on riskier but more valuable loads, and they are increasingly focused on [...]

Careful Handling of Construction Materials Saves Lives and Money

Material handling accidents account for thousands of injuries and a number of deaths each year on construction sites. They are one of the top injuries in the construction trade and can result in serious injuries and death depending on the material, the weight of the load, and the distance it falls. These injuries lead to [...]

Construction Falls and the Dangers of Suspension Trauma

One of the most common construction industry accidents is falls from heights, which is why it's crucial that you have in place fall protection systems for your workers. One of the best ways to prevent injuries and death from falls is by using a fall-arrest system. But while these systems can save lives, they can [...]

Phishing Attacks on Business Smartphones Hit Record Levels

Phishing attacks on enterprise and employee-owned smartphones increased 10% in 2022, according to a new report highlighting the continuing and growing risk of these attacks. As more businesses have adopted bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, the risks grow for these attacks, which aim to get the phone user to click on a link that releases malicious code. [...]

New Guidance: Workers Can Take FMLA Leave in Hourly Increments

The U.S. Department of Labor recently issued new guidance on the federal Family Medical Leave Act that has upended the notion of what qualifies as leave under the statute. Its Wage and Hour Division in February issued a guidance letter noting that employees with a serious illness may use intermittent leave under the FMLA to [...]

Are Your Staff Prepared for a Workplace Emergency?

Emergencies usually happen without notice, but if you have an emergency action plan in place and have trained workers to respond quickly and appropriately, you have a better chance of weathering the event, relieving anxiety – and potentially saving lives. Management commitment and worker involvement are essential to an effective emergency action plan. The action [...]

EEOC Steps Up Discrimination Enforcement; What’s the Focus?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has signaled that it plans to step up enforcement of workplace discrimination for all protected classes, particularly at firms that engage in "systemic" discrimination. Employee and job applicant discrimination complaints filed with the EEOC grew about 15% in 2022 from the year prior. The fastest growing are class-based employment claims, [...]

FTC Moves to Ban Non-Compete Agreements

Businesses have used non-compete agreements, with varying degrees of success, for years, but the end may be near for these contracts. On Jan. 5, 2023, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission proposed a regulation that would prohibit the use of most non-compete agreements. Arguing that they interfere with the proper functioning of labor markets, suppress wages [...]

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