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Time to Brush Up on Your Emergency Communications Plan

By Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

One of the lessons businesses learned with the shut down in March of 2020 was the importance of having a business continuity plan. With the recent resurgence, many business and public leaders are anticipating a return to some kind of limited operations. Between the looming unknown of COVID infections and the promise of a busy hurricane season, now is the perfect time to revisit among other things your emergency communications plans. The plans you have…

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There’s An App for That: Vaccine Trackers for Employers

By Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

Without a national vaccine mandate and new guidance on when to wear a mask, employers can feel left in the dark when it comes to managing a workforce migrating back to the office. We’ve recently provided insight on employer mandated vaccination, and your right to require vaccinations and/or proof of vaccination, but the documentation and privacy aspects can be overwhelming. As more states look to establishing health passports to support daily business and international travel,…

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Don’t Let the Fair Credit Reporting Act Catch You Unprepared!

By Best Practices, Employment Law, Hiring, Risk Management & Safety

Periodically, we issue article updates on the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the legislation enacted to promote accuracy, fairness and privacy for consumer information stored and used by consumer reporting agencies. Hiring organizations need to be aware of FCRA regulations, because in some instances they can be held liable if their reporting agency violates them. Right now, we are monitoring several issues that may affect business owners’ rights. Two that could have significant impact follow….

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The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Panel of Physicians: Are You Following the Rules?

By Employment Law, Risk Management & Safety, Workers' Compensation, Workplace Injuries

Most employers are aware of the Workers’ Compensation Panel and the requirement to have it completed and posted in each office. (A Workers’ Compensation Panel lists the authorized treating physicians selected by the employer for the purposes of treating injured workers.) Unfortunately, business owners often overlook the need to maintain it. In doing so, they put their business at risk. A valid Panel of Physicians must generally meet the following conditions at all times. To provide…

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Employee Obesity and “Fitness for Duty”

By Hiring, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

In the past few years, several employee obesity-related court cases have made national headlines. This isn’t surprising, given that obesity is at an all-time high. Per a 2017 survey by Forbes and Statista, nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults can be characterized as obese. Obesity is a problem especially in “caregiver” occupations, such as home healthcare workers, where concern for a patient may outweigh the worker’s concern for their own health. (Per a survey by…

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The Heat Is Coming – Are You and Your Workers Prepared?

By Best Practices, Risk Management & Safety, Worker Disability, Workplace Injuries

The weather may have been cooler than normal for much of the spring, but that doesn’t mean it will last. This summer, the outlook for Atlanta and surrounding areas predicts above average temperatures – with especially warm weather in June.  That’s not good, because hot weather can be dangerous – especially if it is muggy. Moist air makes it harder for the body’s internal cooling mechanism (sweat) to do its job.Don’t take chances with the…

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Working with Sick Employees—What Are Your Rights—and Theirs?

By Corporate culture, Risk Management & Safety, Sick Leave, Worker Disability

With flu season peaking this month, you may be wondering what rights you have to control the workplace and its culture when employees might be sick. Do you encourage employees to go home when they are coughing and sneezing—even if they don’t want to? Do you intervene if your employees “sick shame” their peers, or do you consider it acceptable? Historically, employers have often worried more about employees taking off when they were not sick…

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Healthcare Workers Are at Significant Risk of Obesity, Yet Employers Must Not Discriminate

By ADA, Best Practices, Risk Management & Safety, Worker Disability, Workplace Injuries

Healthcare workers are at a much higher risk of obesity than the majority of occupations, according to a 2014 study by the American Journal of Medicine. In the survey, the healthcare category, overall, ranked 5th out of 20 industries with an obesity rate of 32 percent. However, analysts suggested that figure was skewed due to the inclusion of health providers, such as doctors, who have very low obesity rates. Furthermore, ‘Healthcare support’ positions, including home…

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Social Media Is Putting People and Companies at Risk. Is Your Position Clear?

By Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety, Technology in the Workplace

As the bad news grows regarding Facebook’s imprudent treatment of user information, you may be wondering if privacy violations are endangering your company or its personnel. At Marathon, we believe it is certainly possible. We recommend prudence as the best course of action. All organizations should have a clearly defined social media “posture” supported by firm policies regarding the use of social media. Companies in industries that involve vulnerable populations, such education, home healthcare (e.g….

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Sexual Harassment Training: More Important than Ever

By Harassment and Discrimination, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

With famous individuals continuing to fall like dominoes as allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment continue, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is stepping up enforcement. In FY 2018, the EEOC recovered nearly $70 million for sexual harassment victims, compared with $47.5 million in FY 2017. As a result, all business owners should be evaluating their corporate stance on sexual harassment, and making sure they know exactly what does, and doesn’t, cross the lines. Fortunately,…

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