December 8, 2020

The Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Workers’ Comp

The COVID-19 pandemic has been with us for over nine months now, with no end in sight. During this time, we conducted several Out Front Ideas COVID-19 Briefing webinars and The Path Forward virtual conference. These educational events were designed to provide risk managers and others in the industry with a better understanding of how COVID-19 was...

December 4, 2020

Important Update on California Assembly Bill 685

Assembly Bill 685 was signed into law by Governor Newsom 9/17/20.  The law goes into effect 1/1/21 and will run through 1/1/23. All public and private employers in CA must follow the law (exceptions are in place for health facilities and employers providing direct care or testing to individuals with suspected COVID-19).  Overview of the...

December 3, 2020

CDC Announces Shorter Quarantine Guidelines After a COVID-19 Exposure

During a recent media briefing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced an update to quarantine guidelines, offering options for shorter quarantine periods. The CDC’s updated guidance allows for the following quarantine periods for those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 but are without symptoms: Ten-day quarantine period—An individual may end quarantine...

December 2, 2020

Driving HR Efficiencies With Technology

Improving workplace efficiency is about helping employees work smarter, not harder. Fortunately, in today’s world, technology can help improve efficiency and productivity in the workplace—especially for HR professionals. No matter the size of the company, its needs can feel overwhelming for HR leaders, especially when they are faced with normal factors like team vacations and...

November 25, 2020

Deep Learning Has Reinvented Quality Control in Manufacturing

In 2020, we’ve seen the accelerated adoption of deep learning as a part of the so-called Industry 4.0 revolution, in which digitization is remaking the manufacturing industry. This latest wave of initiatives is marked by the introduction of smart and autonomous systems, fueled by data and deep learning—a powerful breed of artificial intelligence (AI) that...

November 24, 2020

12 Ways to Prevent Slips and Falls in Your Building

Slips and falls are common occurrences that can lead to injury and even death, especially for older adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports falls are the No. 1 cause of injury and death for those 65 and older. Each year a reported 29 million falls represent: 3 million trips to the...

November 23, 2020

How Might a Pandemic Change Gen Z’s Approach to Benefits?

Generations are shaped by their experiences, and Gen Z will be no different. For Gen Z, COVID-19 may be the Great Depression, Kennedy assassination, Watergate and 9/11 rolled into one. These are defining before-and-after moments that often change people’s outlook and color their beliefs and actions. Before the COVID-19 pandemic derailed our reality earlier this...

November 19, 2020

Understanding Fall Protection Equipment Warranty Requirements

Employers that are using fall protection equipment (e.g., personal fall arrest systems, connection components or anchors) should understand the manufacturers’ warranty requirements and instructions. Following these warranty requirements is often necessary if the business would like the manufacturer to cover the product when it is damaged or if there is a functional issue. Examples of...

November 18, 2020

5 Steps to Protect Your Vacant Business Premises

When unforeseen events cause lengthy building closures, sparse occupancy, or extended staff absences, the risks to the property can increase. An unattended building is more vulnerable to incidents such as freezing pipes, sprinkler malfunctions, fires, or break-ins. And with fewer people available to monitor the property and do regular maintenance, the dangers to people who...

November 17, 2020

Preventing Cyberattacks on Remote Employees

The COVID-19 pandemic has solidified remote work as a new operational standard. Employers should expect this trend to only grow in the future. In fact, many major companies, such as Twitter and Microsoft, have indicated that remote work will be an indefinite option for their employees. While this is exciting in many ways, remote work...