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Businesses Pay Record Amounts for Lawsuits over Employee Treatment

Employers are paying out more for legal settlements and judgments for cases brought by employees over how they are being treated. According to the employment law firm of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, settlements for the 10 biggest class-action suits brought by employees grew an astounding 55% to $2.72 billion in 2017 from $1.75 billion the year […]

Half of Business Floors Too Slick, Pose Slip Risk: Study

Despite many businesses taking measures to reduce the chances of one of the most common workplace injuries – slip and fall incidents – nearly half of workplace floors fail to meet safety criteria, according to a new study. While well-intentioned employers may take steps to reduce slip and fall injuries by ensuring that walking surfaces […]

How Employers Can Fight the High Cost of Diabetes

Diabetes is a devastating illness – and not just for those with the disease. Employers are also shouldering massive and increasing direct and indirect costs due to diabetes. Diabetes afflicts more than 11% of the adult population, including about 6.3% of full-time workers and 9.1% of part-time workers. Adults with diabetes incur more than $8,480 […]

Top 10 Laws, Regulations and Trends for 2018

Last week we brought you the first five laws, trends and regulations that will affect businesses in 2018. This is part with the remaining five.   Silica rules Cal/OSHA began enforcing its new silica rules on Sept. 23, 2017 for the construction industry, and now the rules are in full effect for contractors and general […]

Top 10 Laws, Regulations and Trends for 2018

In this article, we focus on the top 10 laws, regulations and trends going into 2018 that employers need to be aware of.   New Parent Leave Act Effective Jan. 1, 2018, employers in California with 20 or more workers will be required to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to […]

Commercial Rates Climb in Wake of Higher Claims Costs, Catastrophes

There is a confluence of factors affecting insurance rates going into 2018 that are pushing premiums higher in a number of commercial lines policies, including auto, liability and property. Increasing claims costs in commercial auto are at the top of the list, largely due to a spike in distracted driving accidents, injuries, deaths and higher […]

When Injuries at Work Don’t Equal Workers’ Comp

While injuries and deaths that occur while someone is carrying out their work on behalf of their employer are compensated by workers’ comp coverage, not all workplace injuries or deaths are compensable, as a recent court case shows. In the case, a heating and air conditioning technician died of a heart attack while working in […]

After the Grenfell Tower Fire: What Building Owners Can Do to Improve Fire Safety

A massive London apartment fire that killed at least 80 people last June is causing landlords to reassess fire risk and potential liability. Officials trace the likely genesis of the Grenfell Tower fire to a faulty refrigerator. But the use of Reynobond PE, an exterior building cladding made by Pittsburgh-based Arconic, Inc., may have contributed […]

Keeping it Safe, and Limiting Liability During Holidays

With year-end festivities about to begin, you should include safety into your holiday plans, be that if you are simply decorating the office or throwing a holiday/year-end party for your staff. Since the holiday season or your party is only once a year, it’s easy to overlook safety even though you already incorporate it into […]

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