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Flu Season Has Yet to Peak—Keep Employees on Alert

By Best Practices, Risk Management & Safety, Sick Leave

It might seem logical to assume that flu season would ramp down as temperatures moderate, but per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season lasts until mid-May. This year’s flu season has been especially dangerous—and deadly—and CDC experts say it isn’t peaking, yet. With cumulative hospitalizations at the highest rate since the CDC has been tracking them, employers should remind personnel to stick with flu prevention strategies at least through March, if not longer….

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Sexual Harassment Training: More Important than Ever

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

With famous individuals falling like dominoes as allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment continue, business owners should be evaluating their corporate stance on sexual harassment. One problem that confronts business owners is defining exactly what does, and doesn’t, constitute sexual harassment. Fortunately, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has published guidance on this issue, and offers an innovative training program, “Respectful Workplaces,” which teaches skills for employees and supervisors to promote and contribute to respect in…

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Dealing with a Drug-Addicted Employee: Dismissal or Treatment?

By Benefits & Insurance, Drugs in the Workplace, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety

With drug addiction rates continuing to rise—especially for prescription drugs—employers are increasingly dealing with substance-abusing employees. Statistics* indicate approximately 70 percent of drug abusers are employed—some 10 million people. Traditionally, many companies have dismissed personnel who exhibited signs of substance abuse, especially if it happened on the job. Now, the problem has become so rampant—even among trusted personnel at the highest level—that many employers are asking themselves, “Should I dismiss people with substance abuse problems,…

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Top 10 OSHA Violations for 2017—Is Your Firm Safe from Them?

By Employment Law, OSHA Regulations, Policies and Procedures, Risk Management & Safety, Workplace Injuries

At the National Safety Council’s September, 2017 Congress and Expo in Indianapolis, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the top 10 cited violations for 2017.  As you might expect, the number one violation—fall protection—reflects the top cause of workplace injuries—falls. The next three—hazard protection, scaffolding protection and respiratory protection—also related to likely causes of workplace injuries. This list is a reminder to employers that workplace safety is a top priority, and that safety…

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Reasonable Accommodation—Maintain A Paper Trail, and Don’t Assume Anything

By Best Practices, Risk Management & Safety, Workplace Injuries

One of the most complex issues for employers is the definition of reasonable accommodation. Per the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, reasonable accommodation is “any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that allows an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job functions, or enjoy equal access to benefits available to other individuals in the workplace.” Evaluating disabled job candidates equitably is difficult enough,…

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Driving Without Incident: Strategies that May Surprise You

By Best Practices, News, Risk Management & Safety

We hear a lot about the dangers of drunk driving, but did you know it is only the Number 3 cause of accidents? The Number 1 cause, by far, is distracted driving. Per a study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), 80 percent of automobile accidents and 65 percent of near-accidents involve some form of driver distraction within three seconds of the incident. Although talking or…

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June Is National Safety Month…Are You in the Driver’s Seat?

By Best Practices, News, Risk Management & Safety

In June, the National Safety Council will be promoting National Safety Month, a nationwide advocacy effort to increase safety at work, on the road and in homes. The campaign focuses specifically on raising awareness to reduce the incidence of the leading causes of injury and death. In conjunction with this effort, Marathon is working to expand education about two important issues for businesses: worker driving safety, which we will feature this week, and leading causes…

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Workplace Injuries Are Costing Firms a Fortune

By News, Risk Management & Safety, Workplace Injuries

Despite decreasing over the past decade, disabling, non-fatal injuries in the U.S. workplace still cost employers approximately $60 billion in direct compensation costs, which equates to $1 billion each week, per the 2017 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Direct costs are those that directly impact the bottom line, including workers’ compensation payments, medical expenses and costs for legal services. The index, which ranks the top 10 causes of disabling work-related injuries and their direct costs…

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Reducing Work-Related Motor Vehicle Incidents

By Risk Management & Safety

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death and injury for all ages. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA): Every 12 minutes someone dies in a motor vehicle crash Every 10 seconds an injury occurs Every 5 seconds a crash occurs Many of these incidents occur during the workday or during the commute to and from work. Employers bear the cost for injuries that occur both…

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The Office Holiday Party: Fun or Forget It?

By Risk Management & Safety

It’s the holiday season and, with that, comes the company holiday party. According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., a consultancy firm, nearly nine out of ten companies opted to host a holiday party in 2014. Let me put on my HR elf hat for a minute and offer three tips to maximize everyone’s enjoyment at this year’s party: Don’t let the holiday spirits get the best of you – If you choose to serve…

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