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May 6, 2022

Mental Health Awareness Month

Your mental health plays a large role in your overall well-being. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many Americans have reported a decline in their mental health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 45% of U.S. adults have reported distress during these times. What is mental health?Your mental well-being includes how you think,...

April 28, 2022

A Diverse Workforce Needs Diverse Employee Benefits

Employee benefits play a key role in helping organizations attract and retain employees. But not all benefits are valued equally by all employees. As the U.S. workforce becomes more diverse in terms of racial and ethnic background, native language, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, health, work location and more, employers need to respond by offering a...

April 21, 2022

CDC No Longer Enforcing Mask Mandate on Air Travel and Public Transit

On Monday, April 18, 2022, a federal judge invalidated the national mask-wearing requirement for public transit, airplanes and transportation hubs. In their decision, the federal judge for the Middle District of Florida said the CDC exceeded its authority to enforce mask-wearing. Initially, the mask-wearing requirement had been extended by the Centers for Disease Control and...

April 13, 2022

OSHA Launches Program to Protect Workers From Heat Hazards

On April 12, 2022, OSHA launched its National Emphasis Program (NEP) for protecting workers from heat hazards in indoor and outdoor workplaces. Through the program, OSHA will conduct heat-related workplace inspections before workers suffer preventable injuries, illnesses or fatalities. The NEP is effective on April 8, 2022, and will remain in effect for three years...

April 7, 2022

Smarter Health Care Consumers Requires Stronger Benefits Education Initiatives

With health care costs continuing to rise, today’s consumers need to make smarter health care decisions to ensure they receive the care they need at a price they can afford. Unfortunately, most American consumers lack an understanding of health care, their own health plans, and how to effectively “shop” for health care coverage and services....

March 15, 2022

Workplace Dangers Most Troubling to Employees in 2022

Workplace safety is now more important than ever before, according to 89% of Americans, nearly the same amount also believe that organizations have a legal and moral obligation to protect employees from unnecessary risks. This is according to a survey from AlertMedia, which also revealed 82% of people feel these obligations extend to those working remotely. While...

March 10, 2022

President Biden Urges Employees to Return to the Office

Recently, President Joe Biden urged employers to bring back workers into the office. During his remarks, Biden noted that with COVID-19 vaccination rates up and hospitalizations down, most Americans can remove their masks, return to work and move forward safely. President Biden also made similar comments days earlier during the 2022 State of the Union...

March 7, 2022

DC Loosens Mask-wearing Guidance for Most of U.S. Population

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updates to its mask-wearing recommendations, loosening guidance for a majority of the U.S. population. The CDC provides COVID-19 Community Levels as a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. These levels can be low, medium or high,...

March 1, 2022

5 Trending Captive-Insurance Considerations for 2022

If 2020 and 2021 showed us anything, it’s that the unexpected can and will happen — whether it’s a global pandemic, a cargo ship blocking one of the world’s busiest trade routes or a storm creating a widespread power outage. These unforeseen risks are difficult to predict and insure against, which made captive insurance, with its ability...

January 26, 2022

Most Costly OSHA Violations for the Construction Industry

OSHA keeps records not only of the most frequently cited standards overall but also within particular industries. An analysis of the most recent statistics from OSHA revealed the top standards cited in the fiscal year 2021 for the construction industry. Here are some of the sector’s most common (and expensive) violations from this past year...