We all enjoy the internet videos of people taking unexpected tumbles or bounces off trampolines in the backyard or the ones where the old guy slips off the diving board while trying to impress his grandkids with his abilities as a circus acrobat. The commonality about slipping and falling and our enjoyment of same is that it is truly funny – when it happens to someone else.
For some time now, Employers Resource Safety and Loss Control manager have been speaking to groups of business owners and managers about the increased compliance enforcement activity exhibited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We’ve been telling anyone who will listen about the 13% increase in the number of OSHA inspectors (130-160 NEW boots on the ground), the stepped up inspection program, and the issuance of citations for even the most minor of infractions.
In an effort to boost profits and meet the changing needs of an increasingly diverse employee population, U.S. employers are offering flexible work benefits that go beyond telecommuting. HR directors at organizations that offer employees flextime, compressed workweeks, shift flexibility, job sharing, and sabbaticals, are reporting that these programs are proving to be cost-effective morale […]
Last year, employers paid out nearly $180 million in back wages to more than 208,000 employees in minimum wage and overtime claims as a result of federal wage and hour law violations. With the number of complaints registered increasing more than 34% from 2008 to 2010 (24,000 to 32,000 cases annually), this trend is expected to grow again in 2011.
Establishing discipline procedures is critical to the effective enforcement of work rules. Progressive discipline is a discipline system where the severity of the penalty increases each time an employee breaks the rules. Typically the progression is from oral warnings to written warnings and finally to termination of employment.
I was working in San Antonio this week, thankful for rental car air conditioning in the 100 degree heat and humidity. With sweat rolling down my face and heat waves dancing off the asphalt, I realized that even though the official start of summer is still a few weeks away, it is time to begin thinking about raising awareness of the effects of working outside in the hot sun.