Employers Group Blog Connection

Employers Group's Helpline Services

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Oct 3, 2012

Easily Employers Group's most valued member service is the Helpline.

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Topics: compliance, reference, human resources, Employers Group

Why OSHA is Wrong About Safety Incentive Programs

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, Oct 2, 2012

Recently, OSHA sent a bulletin out that cautioned employers about the use of safety incentive programs, based on the concern that injuries may go unreported, either due to peer pressure, or the overriding desire of a worker to win an award.

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Topics: compliance, workers compensation, safety program, osha, safety

Time Worked or Time "Punched" - A Helpline FAQ

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Wed, Aug 29, 2012

Employers Group's expert Helpline is our highest used member benefit.  Here is a frequently asked question to our professional consultants: 

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Topics: compliance, helpline, best practices, wage & hour

US Labor Department and State of California Sign Agreement to Reduce Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Mon, Aug 27, 2012

U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division and State of California recently entered into a new agreement to reduce independent contractor misclassification, aiming to protect the rights of employees and level the playing field for responsible employers by reducing the practice of independent contractor misclassification. California is the 12th state to enter into such an agreement.

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Topics: compliance, classification, employees, labor

33% of Mid Sized U.S. Companies have Incurred Federal Penalties For Non-Compliance

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Thu, Aug 16, 2012
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Topics: compliance, risk assessment

Increased Workloads and Compliance Considerations

Posted by Nicole Vierzba on Tue, May 8, 2012

The New York Times recently reported that the economy is producing more goods and services now than it was in December 2007 when the recession officially began, and it’s doing so with five million fewer workers. If anyone is well aware of the increase in employee workloads it’s Human Resources. The number of Helpline questions regarding maximum hours worked, mandatory overtime, discretionary bonuses for salaried workers shouldering the work of those laid off, etc., has been on a rise since the recession began. And if the volume of those calls to the Helpline is any indication, there is no light at the end of the tunnel, at least just yet. Given this sustained trend, HR professionals are well advised to remind themselves of a few important compliance concerns.

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Topics: compliance, helpline, work life balance, best practices, employers