27

Jun

2017

Better Sleep Equals Better Business

Author: Heather Nezich

How long did you sleep last night?  If you’re like 83% of U.S. workers, not enough.  While the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that adults get 7-8 hours of sleep each night, only 17% say they actually get that full amount according to a recent Career Builder survey.  60% feel that the lack of sleep negatively affects their work.

27

Jun

2017

MIOSHA Fine Maximums to Increase Under New Bill

Author: Michael Burns

The republicans, who control the Michigan State Senate, introduced legislation last Wednesday to increase MIOSHA fines to maintain parity with the federal OSHA fine maximums. Why would our business friendly legislature do this? It appears not by choice, but by necessity, if MIOSHA is to remain compliant and independent from federal OSHA oversite.

6

Jun

2017

Orlando Workplace Shooting Serves as Wake-Up Call for Employers

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

On Monday, June 5, John Neumann, Jr., a former employee of Fiamma Inc. located in Orlando Florida, went on a fatal workplace shooting spree killing six employees before he killed himself.  He was fired in April by his former employer.  According to Orlando County Sheriff Jerry Demings, Neumann targeted his victims and had a “negative relationship” with at least one of them.  While we all want to think something like this will never happen to us, it can, and...

30

May

2017

Is Your Job Making You Fat?

Author: Sara Pebbles

As the weather is warming up and outdoor activities are on employee’s minds, so are their summer bodies.  CareerBuilder recently conducted a survey that found that 56% of the workforce in the United States believe that they are overweight. On top of that, 45% believe that they have gained weight at their current job. And we aren’t talking about just a couple pounds here, 25% have gained more than 10 pounds and 1 in 10 have gained more than 20 pounds.  Respondents blame...

23

May

2017

Can Drug Tests Be Multiple Choice?

Author: Chance,Susan

Kurt Rambis, former NBA champion and coach, is quoted as saying, “I’m in favor of drug tests, just so long as they are multiple choice.” There are many different types of drug tests available for screening applicants and employees for drug use, but can they be multiple choice? In a way they can. How? Well I’m so glad you asked.

2

May

2017

Will Your Applicants or Employees Kick You in the Teeth?

Author: Chance,Susan

According to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, who is as well known for his drug use as he is for his song writing and guitar skills, “if you’re going to kick authority in the teeth, you may as well use two feet.” If you don’t want to be kicked in the teeth because of drug use by your employees or applicants, then you should consider your company’s drug testing program and policy prohibiting drug use, or the lack thereof, and how you can best protect your...

11

Apr

2017

Ohio Most Recent State to Pass “Parking Lot” Gun Law

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

On March 21, 2017, the state of Ohio was the most recent state to approve a gun law that allows individuals with a valid concealed handgun license (CCW) to possess firearms in their vehicles on their employer’s property.  This type of gun law is commonly referred to as a “parking lot" gun law, and Ohio has joined a growing list that now totals over 20 states that have enacted such a law.  The intent of these guns-at-work laws is to protect an individual’s right to...

21

Mar

2017

When May an Employer Inquire about an Employee’s Medical Condition?

Author: Michael Burns

When strange behavior or certain performance issues are very subtle, should an employer inquire about a medical condition? On one hand, an employer may feel constrained in asking about whether an employee is experiencing a medical problem when an employee exhibits a change in behavior or is not acting the same as usual. Is observable fatigue, irritability, or poor performance just a bad day or is it a medical condition that will raise disability issues. On the other hand, failing performance...

7

Mar

2017

Sixth Circuit Upholds Employer’s Policy on Guns in the Workplace - Despite Kentucky Law

Author: Michael Burns

Open carry is the right of a licensed gun owner to carry a gun in plain sight. Recently some gun advocates have sought to stretch that legal right. Take the two men that walked into a Dearborn police station last month with body armor on and rifles in hand to allegedly demonstrate their right to do so. And ASE recently took a call from a business that serves the public and had a man come into their store with a gun holstered to their waist. Another customer complained that they were...

21

Feb

2017

The Prevalence of Mental Illness in the Workplace

Author: Mary Corrado

I was recently surprised to find out that an estimated 1 in 5 employees suffers from some form of mental illness.  This led me to dig a little deeper into this topic and find out what is causing this and what corporate leadership can do to prevent it and handle it when it happens.

21

Feb

2017

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals' Decisions Continue to Roll in Favor of Employers

Author: Michael Burns

Some of the most frustrating and expensive lawsuits are where employees run up medical related absences without seeming end. When the employer terminates them, they sue. Last week EPTW reported on the Sixth Circuit upholding an employer’s discharge of an employee that failed to properly give notice under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The Court deferred to the employer’s proper execution of its attendance notification policy and upheld the discharge. This week the Sixth...

7

Feb

2017

Update Your Policy - New OSHA Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy Regulation is in Effect

Author: Michael Burns

On December 1, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) implemented a new rule in part limiting mandatory post-accident/injury drug testing. The broader final rule targeted alleged retaliatory actions by employers (mandatory post-accident drug testing being one of them) for exercising rights protected by OSHA and its regulations. One reported reason OSHA promulgated a rule was to curb the pro-safety practice of drug and alcohol testing in the event of any accident or...

17

Jan

2017

Yoga – The Latest Workplace Wellness Activity to Improve Productivity and Lower Stress

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

As a way to lessen the effects of stress and its negative health impact on workers, employers may want to consider including workplace yoga and meditation in their array of workplace wellness activities.  In a new study of more than 85,000 adults, yoga practice among U.S. workers nearly doubled from 2002 to 2012, increasing from 6% to 11%.  In that same time period, meditation rates also increased from 8% to 9.9%.  

13

Dec

2016

My Coworker Got Me Sick

Author: Sara Pebbles

Last week Staples released the results of their 2016 Cold and Flu Survey.  In its seventh year, the survey found that even though employees and employers are aware of prevention techniques and the dangers of coming to work while ill, nearly 80% of employees still admitted that they went to work sick last year. 73% of employees claimed to have caught a cold or flu at work, and 32% blamed their coworkers for getting sick last year.

6

Dec

2016

OSHA Finishes Update of Anti-Slip and Fall Rules

Author: Michael Burns

On November 18, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) issued revised employer requirements for walking surface construction to prevent accidental slips and falls. The rules become effective January 17, 2017 and apply to all general industry classified employers. OSHA uses the term "general industry" to refer to all industries not included in agriculture, construction or maritime. The new rule is under Subpart D of OSHA regulations and is referred to informally as the...
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