19

Jun

2018

Standing Desks – Should Employers Be Providing Them?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Several years ago, all the rage was the use of exercise balls to replace the traditional office chair.  The idea was that the unsteadiness of the exercise ball required the user to engage their core muscles to maintain a stable sitting position.  The result was supposed to be that the user burned more calories than they would sitting in a traditional office chair.  Virtually all later research showed that exercise balls as chairs caused more problems than solutions, and most...

5

Jun

2018

Keep Your Workplace Drivers Safe

Author: Susan Chance

Did you know that except for December, the summer months are more dangerous than winter months for driving?  Many organizations have employees that drive as part of their job, so it’s important to keep them educated and safe on the road.

22

May

2018

Automated External Defibrillator Use and Liability – What’s Happening Now?

Author: Michael Burns

The number of companies choosing to install Automated External Defibrillators (AED) has grown considerably over the years. ASE’s 2017/18 Michigan Policies and Benefits Survey showed over 73% of employers have one or more AEDs on-site. AEDs are life savers. There are over 350,000 cardiac arrest incidents each year. OSHA reported that about 10,000 of these occurrences happened at work.  It is estimated that 95% of those persons die before reaching the hospital. However, if a person...

1

May

2018

Worker Memorial Day April 28th - Michigan Job Fatality and Injury Data Reported

Author: Michael Burns

Worker Memorial Day was first declared in 1970 as a special day of remembrance by The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). It also celebrates the first day of operation by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that started in 1971. The United States officially started recognizing the day in 1989 by Presidential Proclamation. Worker Memorial Day is set aside to honor workers that have lost their lives on the job. It is a...

1

May

2018

Must I Accommodate Overtime When Overtime is a Requirement for the Job?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

At times overtime is required in order to meet customer demand.  An HR issue can arise when an employee presents a doctor’s note stating that the employee can only work eight hours per day and no overtime.  Since ADA or FMLA may apply, how does the employer respond to this situation?

24

Apr

2018

Tornado Season is Here – Is Your Organization Prepared?

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

Spring has finally seemed to make its way to Michigan, but as the weather turns warmer along with it comes spring storms and the possibility of tornados.  While tornados can occur any time of the year, they are especially common during the late spring and early summer months in Michigan. As one of nature’s most violent storms, they can devastate homes, businesses, and property in just seconds.  The most violent tornados may have wind speeds of 250 mph or more and may last for...

24

Apr

2018

Stress is a #1 Reason for Employee Absence

Author: Heather Nezich

According to new research from Group Risk Development (GRiD), stress and stress-inducing situations are the main cause for short term employee absences.  What can employers do to improve this statistic?

24

Apr

2018

Cocaine – The Next Drug Crisis?

Author: Susan Chance

Opioid addiction and related deaths are all over the news, along with all the rhetoric about marijuana, but those are not the only drugs out there which are becoming problems. Cocaine is making a comeback, and according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, cocaine is second only to opioids when it comes to drug related deaths.

27

Mar

2018

Should HR Carry Concealed Weapons?

Author: Anthony Kaylin

In the aftermath of the Parkland school shootings, it was suggested that arming teachers would be a significant step to creating a safer school environment.  However, a Gallup poll of 500 K-12 teachers dissuades that idea. In a separate question, just 1 in 5 teachers agreed that arming teachers and staff members would make schools safer.  Moreover, approximately 75% of U.S. teachers do not want to carry guns in school, and they overwhelmingly favor gun control measures over security...

13

Mar

2018

Drug Testing Laws Vary by State

Author: Susan Chance

Drug testing laws vary from state to state, and sometimes from city to city. It seems almost every day something is in the news about marijuana laws, and those laws are not always as simple as medical vs. recreational marijuana. New legislation has been passed in several states in 2017, and if your company has offices in other states, it is critical that you know the laws for each of your locales. Following are some of the updates from 2017:

13

Mar

2018

How Sleep, or a Lack of It, Affects Productivity

Author: Heather Nezich

The switch to daylight saving time last weekend may result in more yawning in the office and a potential dip in productivity. It’s amazing the effect that losing one hour of sleep can have on us.  Are you or your employees dragging this week?

27

Feb

2018

Suicides in the Workplace on the Rise

Author: Kristen Cifolelli

According to recent federal data analysis, suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years with increases in every age group except older adults.  The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics reported in 2016 that U.S. suicides overall totaled nearly 45,000 and was a 35% increase compared with 10 years earlier.  While the overall suicide rate has climbed, so has the number of employees that choose...

20

Feb

2018

Lack of Light Affects Work Performance

Author: Susan Chance

The days of winter are passing, but in a month with so much cold, snow, and grey days, it can feel like we are stuck in Groundhog Day, just like the character Phil from the movie. Phil’s prediction for the weather, “It's gonna be cold, it's gonna be grey, and it's gonna last you for the rest of your life” has February written all over it. Some workers may be feeling the effects of these cold, gray days in this final stretch of winter.

9

Jan

2018

Is a Holiday Hangover a Real Thing?

Author: Susan Chance

Here we are in the second week of January– many people had extended time off the last few weeks in December, so theoretically most people should be well rested. So why are so many of us tired at this time? 

12

Dec

2017

Are You Prepared for Drug Testing?

Author: Susan Chance

Drug testing is an important step in the hiring process, and in many cases, in continuing employment. The more you know about the testing process and requirements, the better prepared you are to administer the process for your company. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So what should you be prepared for? 

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