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June 2, 2021

IRS Guidance on Tax Credits for Employee Leave Under the FFCRA

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), passed in March 2020, required small and midsized employers to provide paid employee leave for specific COVID-19-related reasons through Dec. 31, 2020. The FFCRA also provided tax credits for employers to cover the cost of the leave. The FFCRA employee leave requirements expired in December 2020; however, subsequent...

May 28, 2021

The Demonstrated Value of Consumer-driven Health Plans

Employers may be familiar with high deductible health plans (HDHPs) and health care accounts, such as health savings accounts (HSAs). A CDHP is simply the combination of those benefits—an HDHP paired with a health care spending account. CDHPs can be an excellent way for employers to control health care spending. In fact, CDHPs are often...

May 26, 2021

Protecting Construction Workers in Summer Conditions

As summertime approaches, it’s important to ensure your employees will be properly protected at the construction site. After all, summer is often the hottest season of the year, typically accompanied by surging temperatures and increased humidity levels. Such weather conditions can greatly increase the risk of your employees experiencing numerous complications on the job—especially heat-related...

May 24, 2021

Amenities Are Reopening, With Technology At Their Core

Last year, once-bustling amenities in multifamily properties fell silent as residents stayed socially distanced in their units. Meanwhile, property managers sought alternative ways to engage residents and empower them to take advantage of the amenities they pay for while still feeling safe. They found that technology provided the bridge they were looking for.  “In the past year, we’ve seen a rise...

May 20, 2021

Organizations Are Underemphasizing Emerging Risks

Despite widespread agreement across businesses on the dangers posed by emerging risks, the vast majority of organizations continue overlooking and underappreciating the impact these threats could have on a company. Road to Resiliency To help reduce the damages caused by emerging risks, resiliency is key. To begin that journey, the insurance brokering and risk management...

May 18, 2021

California OSHA Proposes Changes to Emergency COVID-19 Standard

On May 7, 2021, the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal/OSHA) proposed to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) changes to the emergency temporary standard (ETS). The ETS went into effect Nov. 30, 2020. The OSHSB will consider the proposed changes on May 20, 2021. Emergency Temporary Standard Cal/OSHA adopted the ETS...

May 13, 2021

What the Cyber-Attack on the US Oil and Gas Pipeline Means and How to Increase Security

The recent cyber-attack on the US major oil and gas pipeline could become one of the most expensive attacks to an economy. 80% of senior cybersecurity leaders see ransomware as a dangerous growing threat that is threatening our public safety. Here are six principles to improve the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure. The recent cyber-attack on...

May 11, 2021

Workplace Technology Trends

Improving Virtual Meetings There are more than 11 million video business meetings each day in the United States. Aside from the pandemic, factors fueling that growth include access, price and need. Most laptops and mobile devices have built-in webcams and microphones so employees can dial in to a meeting from anywhere and at any time....

May 6, 2021

Technology May Be The Key to Manufacturing Success in 2021

The manufacturing sector took some hard hits last year. COVID-19 impacted supply chains, compromised workforce safety, and changed both channels to market and consumer behaviour. Meanwhile, Brexit added an extra layer of operational complexity, and cybercriminals targeted the sector with increased vigour – NTT’s 2020 Global Threat Intelligence Report (GTIR) shows that manufacturing has become the most...

May 4, 2021

Determining Whether Employees’ Injuries and Illnesses Are Work-related

Navigating employee injuries and illnesses (and subsequent workers’ compensation claims) can be very complex and overwhelming to many employers. As such, it is important that employers understand how to determine whether their employees’ injuries and illnesses are work-related or not. After all, such a distinction plays a critical role in determining whether employees’ injuries and...