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Small Firms Saddled with Majority of Tort Liability Costs

Despite accounting for 19% of revenues among firms in the United States, small businesses shoulder more than 53% of all commercial tort liability costs, according to a new report by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. The story is worse for the business with less than $1 million in revenue. They account for only [...]

Employers Mull Higher Health Plan Cost-Sharing for Unvaccinated Staff

Some employers are implementing a new incentive for their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19: Charging them higher health insurance premiums if they don't. A recent brief from consulting firm Mercer reported that employers are looking at surcharging the health insurance premiums for employees who refuse vaccination for reasons other than disability or sincere religious [...]

Practice Safe Driving When Operating a Forklift

Tens of thousands of forklift-related injuries occur every year in U.S. workplaces, most of them preventable. Employees may be injured when a lift falls between loading docks and an unsecured trailer, and others are injured or even killed when forklifts are accidentally driven off loading docks. According to Fed Osha, some of the most common [...]

Play It Safe with a Vehicle Fleet Safety Program

A work-related vehicle accident will cost an employer an average of at least $16,500, according to OSHA. If injuries are involved, that figure can quadruple. If there's a fatality, you could be looking at costs exceeding half a million dollars. Not to mention the suffering and broken lives that kind of event leaves in its wake. [...]

The Importance of Training Employees from the Start

OSHA requires employers to train all employees, including new hires and those given new job assignments for whom training has not previously been received. All employees should receive new training whenever new substances, processes, procedures or equipment are introduced to the workplace and represent a new hazard or a previously unrecognized hazard. But to new [...]

High Heat Increases Risk of Injuries for Inside and Outdoor Workers

As many parts of the country are wrestling with ever-increasing temperatures during the summer months, a new study has found that the hotter the weather gets, the higher the risk of workplace accidents and injuries for both indoor and outside workers. The study by the University of California, Los Angeles, based on claims data from [...]

Retaliating Against Employees for Raising COVID-19 Concerns Can Cost You

The Department of Labor has sued a Texas dental practice on behalf of a dental hygienist and a dental assistant who were not reinstated after raising concerns about what COVID-19 safety measures would be in place when the practice reopened in spring 2020. As more employers are bringing people back to the workplace, OSHA has [...]

High Heat Increases Risk of Injuries for Inside and Outdoor Workers

As many parts of the country are wrestling with ever-increasing temperatures during the summer months, a new study has found that the hotter the weather gets, the higher the risk of workplace accidents and injuries for both indoor and outside workers. The study by the University of California, Los Angeles, based on claims data from [...]

As Risks Rise Business Continuity Plans Are Vital

The last five years have seen the rise of new and unforeseen risks, like the COVID-19 pandemic, the rapid increase of natural catastrophes and supply chain upheavals of unprecedented proportions. In today's business climate, the key to success and survival will be your ability to navigate during times of uncertainty and new challenges that can [...]

Disaster Recovery Checklist for Business Owners and Executives

If a natural disaster were to strike, would your company be ready? Has your management team hardened the business to continue operating in case of a disaster? With natural catastrophes growing in number and severity, businesses more than ever need to have in place plans for a quick recovery for the sake of their investors, [...]

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