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October 8, 2020

Enrollment Support Is Critical For Workers

This year’s open enrollment season for workplace benefits is seeing more than one-third of workers saying they want more guidance and support in choosing benefits than they did before the pandemic hit. That was one of the findings from the inaugural Workplace Wellness Study conducted by the Employee Benefit Research Institute and Greenwald Research. “This is not...

October 7, 2020

A Look at 2020’s Construction Risk, Insurance Market

The International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) is gearing up for a virtual installment of its annual Construction Risk Conference on Oct. 19-20, 2020. The event agenda includes sessions on supply chain management and catastrophic claims along with online networking and more. Construction is an industry that may experience the delayed impact of pandemic-driven financial hardships that have wracked...

Office fires can be equally devastating for both the employees and employers. Even if no one gets hurt, the damages could take the business offline. The impacts of a commercial fire can range from business incapacitation to inventory loss. As most businesses cannot afford a shutdown period, it is important to consider certain precautions to ensure the...

October 1, 2020

Pandemic Brings Shift in Younger Workers’ Views of Employee Benefits

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a greater emphasis on employee benefits that help people plan for unexpected life events and provide financial protection, according to a study by The Hartford. The Hartford’s Future of Benefits Study found that 40% of U.S. workers say they will consider purchasing life insurance during their next open enrollment as...

September 29, 2020

Positive Impact Of COVID-19 On the Construction Industry

As we head into the latter portion of 2020, we are able to take a comprehensive look on the impact COVID-19 had in a variety of industries. Construction industry professionals—from developers to contractors, HOA Managers, Board of Directors and beyond—faced unprecedented hurdles as a result of stay-at-home mandates and other COVID-19 regulations. Closed borders and...

September 28, 2020

Reopening HOA Amenities in the COVID-19 World

As the seesaw battle of the COVID-19 pandemic continues, HOA boards and managers are torn between the fear of reopening amenities and the desire of residents to enjoy their use. Pools, gyms, and tennis courts are hot issues now as HOAs try to return toward normalcy. Most county health departments have specific guidance regarding reopening...

September 25, 2020

California Expands Family and Medical Leave Under the CFRA

Effective Jan. 1, 2021, amendments to the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) expand the law’s leave requirements to cover employers with at least five employees, provide new grounds for leave and remove leave limits. The CFRA The CFRA provides 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to otherwise eligible employees to bond with a new child...

September 23, 2020

DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Independent Contractor Classification Test

On Sept. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a  proposed rule to clarify how employers should classify their workers as either employees or independent contractors. Accurate worker classification enables employers to determine which obligations, protections, rights and benefits apply to their employees under the law. Economic Realities Test Currently, there is no...

September 22, 2020

Creating a Safe Environment for Warehouse Employees

Warehousing is one of the riskier industries due to the use of high-powered machinery and vehicles operating within close proximity of each other. Warehouse safety should be your utmost priority to keep employees safe, ensure efficient operation, maximize productivity, and minimize injury or damage. To instill safety procedures in a warehouse, display easy-to-read safety notices...

September 18, 2020

Wildfire Smoke Emergency Regulation

The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board has extended the emergency regulation to protect workers from the hazards associated with wildfire smoke. This extension went into effect on June 23, 2020. Smoke and particulate matter from wildfires can travel hundreds of miles and affect the health of people far from the fire’s path. Although...