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New URS Regulations Ahead

On December 12, 2015 the Unified Registration System (URS) began its implementation process of retiring old systems and unifying the regulatory structure for the industry. The goal of this new system is to replace all of the FMCSA's current registration databases with one unified registration process that also acts as a main source of data. This system will be fully phased in by the April 14th, 2017 deadline and requires full compliance by all before then. 

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Ask the Advisor: OSHA Law, WC Law, and Drug & Alcohol Policies

Recent changes to Wisconsin Worker's Compensation laws have garnered much confusion surrounding an employer's Drug & Alcohol Policy. And with the upcoming OSHA law going into effect on August 11, 2016, drug and alcohol testing following a work injury is going to get a lot trickier. Here are three questions commonly asked when discussing compliance in these areas. 

 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

What Pokémon GO Can Teach Your Business About Safety

The ability to toggle between the real world and the virtual world is an enticing part of the latest and greatest app, Pokémon GO. Augmented reality is growing in popularity in the world of tech, but it also poses numerous risks to users. Safety has been a major topic of conversation surrounding this new app - cautioning users to be alert when using the app and to also use common sense when in strange areas while on the hunt to catch em' all. But what can Pokémon GO teach your business about safety? More than you may think.

Topics: Safety / Compliance

Bring Safety to the Forefront During National Safety Month

Observed annually, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on roads, and in our homes and communities. By bringing light to important issues that often get pushed aside or overlooked, employers are encouraged to join in the celebration by sharing important information with employees and discussing the importance of workplace safety. This year's theme is Safety: It takes all of us. Here are tips to placing safety in the hands of your employees and making your workplace a safer enviroment for your employees. 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

OSHA Issues Final Ruling on Electronic Recordkeeping for Injuries

On May 11, 2016, OSHA issued its final ruling to expand electronic recordkeeping requirements for workplace injuries and illnesses and make such records publicly available. More than three million workers suffer a workplace injury or illness each year causing OSHA to implement this new ruling and encourage employers to improve their safety practices. 

Topics: Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

Prevent Falls in Construction by Joining in for Safety Stand-Down 2016

Did you know that fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be the leading cause of death for construction workers? In 2014, over 337 of the 874 construction deaths were attributed to falls, all of which were preventable. Employers, I invite you to join in Safety Stand-Down by discussing with your employees how proper safety standards can help eliminate preventable work injuries and fatalities. 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

FDA Releases Final Rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food

The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rule on Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food has been finalized. This ruling differs from the agency’s initial proposal in several key ways, but maintains its goal of preventing practices that create food safety risk. Compliance within one year will prove difficult for the transportation sector, but certain actions can be taken to prepare for this significant industry change.

Topics: Transportation Safety / Compliance

Are You Protecting Your Temp Workers?

 

Temporary or permanent, all workers have a right to a safe and healthy work place. Each year fatal accidents occur due to a number of avoidable instances caused by their work environment. Looking a little deeper into these unfortunate losses, one key demographic always pops up. The temporary worker.

 

Topics: Safety / Compliance

"Small Group" Re-Defined Under the Affordable Care Act

MARK BRAULT, JD
Compliance Advisor/Benefits Attorney at HNI

Last week, on October 7, 2015, President Obama signed legislation called the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act that amends the Affordable Care Act (ACA) definition of a “small employer” for the purpose of purchasing health insurance coverage.

Topics: Safety / Compliance HR / Employee Benefits

Start with the Employee Experience for Better Workers Compensation Claims Management

JODI MATHY
Senior Claims Consultant at HNI 

Let’s face it, work injuries are going to happen. Medical costs are going to continue to increase. Lawyers are going to continue to knock insurance companies in order to snatch up clients.

So how are you going to mitigate your losses? The time has come for employers to shake their cynicism about work injuries and injured workers.

Yes, there will always be those who want to “work the system.”  But the fact is, the majority of workers compensation claims are legitimate.

Topics: Safety / Compliance