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14 Days of Distraction-Free Driving

April is national distracted driving awareness month. And while the statistics on this problem are epidemic in magnitude (3,477 fatalities in 2015), the devastating impact of these accidents can only be felt one story at a time. 

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Silica Standard for Construction

OSHA originally set an enforcement date of June 23, but has delayed it to September 23 of this year. They delay is due to OSHA wanting "to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers", but it is likely this delay will lead to a cut of this potential new standard. So - what should employers do?

Topics: Construction Safety / Compliance

The Talent Assessment Problem

Recruiting and hiring top talent is one of the biggest challenges that companies face. And yet we simply aren't good at it.

We aren't good at recognizing when a high performer is sitting right in front of us. And we aren't good at weeding out candidates that sound good but ultimately underperform. 

Topics: Leadership / Strategy HR / Employee Benefits

Senate Votes to Overturn Obama-Era OSHA Rule

On March 23rd, the Senate along with the House voted to overturn OSHA's final ruling that addressed employers' obligation to make and maintain accurate records of work-related injury and illness data. With a 50-48 vote, the Senate passed a joint resolution disapproving the dubbed "Volks" rule, which OSHA issued in the final days of the Obama Administration. 

FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal

Today, the FMCSA will publish a notice in their Federal Register withdrawing their Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule. The FMCSA previously announced that instead of moving to a final rule, a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking would be the next step in the process.

Intern Climbs Kilimanjaro for Insurance Job

Wouldn't it be nice if it still worked that way? If candidates lined up at your door, willing to go to extraordinary measures for the privilege of working at your company?    
 
The fact is, our [former] intern did climb Kilimanjaro last week - to officially bid farewell to pre-full-time employment life. But in 2017, the scenario is quite different.
Topics: Leadership / Strategy HR / Employee Benefits

More Employees Quit in 2016 - And Here's Why

When people quit your organization, it can feel like one giant step backwards after many small steps forward. So why are so many people leaving? It could be because they never should've been hired in the first place.

Topics: Leadership / Strategy HR / Employee Benefits

Extended Transition to ACA Compliant Policies

On February 23, 2017, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an insurance standards bulletin allowing states to yet again extend the life of "grandmothered" or transitional health insurance policies to policy years beginning on or before October 1, 2018, as long as the policies do not extend beyond December 31, 2018. 

Topics: Leadership / Strategy

New FMCSA Investigative Techniques

The FMCSA recently announced that they are changing their process for performing compliance reviews. Specifically they referred to expanded interviews with members within the organization. Truth is - they have been doing this for a while, but recently completed all of the training and therefore made the announcement. Does this mean that compliance reviews have changed? 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Say Goodbye to the Individual Mandate Penalty Under the ACA

It was recently announced that the Trump Administration may no longer enforce a rule requiring individual Americans to carry health insurance or pay a penalty if they do not.

If you were one of the millions of people who decided to waive health insurance from your employer yet still did not enroll for insurance in the federal marketplace exchange, you were to be assessed an individual mandate penalty by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for 2016.