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EEOC Clarifies Permissible Use of Incentives in Wellness Programs

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 8/11/2016
wellness programs

Can employers offer incentives to encourage participation in wellness programs that ask disability-related questions or require medical examinations? Though the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) permits health-related inquiries and medical examinations that are part of a voluntary health program, ADA regulations didn’t address whether employers may offer incentives to encourage employee participation in these health programs...until now.

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Nudge, Nudge. OSHA Revises Injury and Illness Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 7/7/2016
workplace safety is important and OSHA wants to regulate any accidents

Did you know that each year there are more than 3 million serious (requiring more than first aid) workplace injuries and illnesses? Even though the Occupational Safety and Health Act requires employers to provide safe and healthy workplaces, the number of injuries and illnesses remains unacceptably high. To help combat this problem, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently revised various workplace safety regulations.

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Is There a Bully in Your Workplace?

by Martin Salcedo, Esq. - The Human Equation on 4/23/2014
workplace bully

Chances are there is a bully in your workplace, and that’s bad for business. The Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI) defines bullying as repeated mistreatment involving physically or verbally abusive conduct that is threatening, intimidating or humiliating, or that interferes with or prevents work from getting done. According to the WBI’s 2014 Workplace Bullying Survey:

  • 27% are or have been victims of workplace bullying
  • 21% have witnessed workplace bullying
  • 23% are aware of workplace bullying
  • 65 million workers are affected by workplace bullying

Though the frequency of workplace bullying may come as a surprise to some, the consequences should not. Workplace bullying typically increases employee turnover, decreases productivity, reduces job satisfaction, undermines morale, increases workers’ compensation costs and increases employment-related litigation costs.

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Condominium Governance: For Emergency Use Only

by Anita Byer, President - The Human Equation on 10/9/2012

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During an emergency, decisions need to be made fast. There usually isn’t time to go “by the book.” This is why Florida’s Condominium Act authorizes association boards to exercise additional emergency powers More...

Is Your Business Ready for the 2012 Hurricane Season?

by Anita Byer, President - The Human Equation on 6/4/2012

For those living or working in areas at risk of experiencing a tropical storm or hurricane, June 1st rarely passes unnoticed. At Setnor Byer Insurance & Risk, we understand that preparing for Hurricane Season is rarely easy and often stressful. We also understand that a lack of awareness and preparation can lead to disaster, and that the best way to limit the risks posed by hurricanes is to take preventative steps now. More...

Updated Child Labor Regulations: Is Your Organization Keeping Up with the Kids?

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 9/15/2010

On July 19, 2010, the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule pertaining to child labor regulations became effective. More...

OSHA's General Duty Clause: Don't Overlook the Little Things

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 2/17/2010

Don’t lose sight of the little things. When it comes to workplace safety, many organizations commit significant time and resources to reduce the risk of injuries among their workforce. More...

Cold & Flu Season with a Twist: Is Your Workplace Ready for the Swine Flu?

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 9/16/2009

As summer turns into fall, the normal din of the workplace will slowly but surely be supplemented with coughs, sniffles, and sneezes. More...

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Notice of Work-Related Fatality

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 7/18/2008

Do employers have seven days to notify the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of a work-related incident that has resulted in the death of an employee? More...

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Domestic Violence in the Workplace

by David Khan on 12/31/2003

Domestic violence does not always remain hidden behind closed doors. In fact, the abuse encountered at home often follows an individual to work, resulting in violence in the workplace. More...

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The Importance of Developing a Safety Culture

by The Human Equation, Inc. on 12/31/2003

Many organizations develop various policies and procedures regarding workplace health and safety. These policies and procedures are in response to a myriad of local and federal laws that require compliance with legislative initiatives, but they also evolve from a genuine effort on the part of many organizations to provide a safe and healthful work environment. More...

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Effectively Managing Occupational Injury and Illness

by Scott A. Pustizzi, SPHR on 12/31/2003

In today's workplace environment, it is vital to manage work-related injuries and illnesses with competence and concern. All too often, employers limit their case management efforts to fulfill only the basic requirements and neglect to maintain an open dialogue with the employee about recovery and return to work. More...

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