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Straight From The Source Blog


OSHA anti-retaliation rules take effect

December 01 , 2016

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On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit data from their work-related injury records. OSHA included anti-retaliation provisions in the final rule, which takes effect Dec. 1, 2016.


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Tags: Risk Management


FLSA overtime rule blocked by federal judge

November 23 , 2016

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A federal district court in Texas granted a preliminary injunction against the new FLSA overtime rule set to go into effect on December 1. Therefore, the rule is halted and will not go into effect on December 1, giving you a reprieve until the matter can be litigated.

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Tags: Risk Management, Employee Benefits


Religious organization risk management: Eight essentials

November 22 , 2016

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As a religious organization, you play a crucial role in supporting the spiritual needs of your congregation and the goodwill of the community. But like any organization, you also have your own practical needs that must be met if you’re going to continue your vital work and maintain your commitment to those you serve.

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Slip, trip and fall risk management: Awareness is the seed of prevention

November 08 , 2016

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According to the National Safety Council, around 25,000 slip, trip and fall accidents happen every day in workplaces all across the U.S. And that’s just one of many sobering statistics about this all-too-common risk:

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Six spooky Texas business risks

October 28 , 2016

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They’re back – The ghosts, ghouls and goblins of Halloween have returned as millions around the world prepare to celebrate another season of creepy fun. It’s also a good time to remind you of the spooky risks you face in your business every day of the year. There’s nothing fun about these goblins!

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Tags: Risk Management


Certificates of insurance: Costly misconceptions

October 10 , 2016

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If your business regularly hires contractors, you’re no stranger to certificates of insurance. They’re a seemingly simple risk management necessity. Yet, many business owners get tripped up by these “simple” documents. In fact, according to Trusted Choice, a certificate of insurance is involved in about one in every 25 errors and omissions (E&O) claims. Thirty-six percent of those cases involve a contractor improperly identifying or failing to add additional parties to be insured.

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What a farmer can teach you about creating a culture of safety in your organization

September 29 , 2016

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As a business owner, you understand that a safe workplace is your best hedge against injuries, workers’ comp claims, medical costs and rising insurance premiums. But a safe workplace doesn’t just happen, and it isn’t just a matter of eliminating risks, making rules and implementing programs. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the measures you can take to make your work environment safer – an Accident Prevention Program (APP), Injury and Illness Prevention programs, Personal Protective Equipment programs (PPE) and ergonomic programs, for example.

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Fleet risk management: 9 cost-cutting essentials

September 28 , 2016

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When you’re operating a transportation company, you’re up against a multitude of risks every day – driver shortages, road and weather hazards, regulatory headaches and stiff competition just to name a few. Staying profitable is a constant battle against these and other exposures, and your very survival depends on how well you manage your risks and control costs.

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Global risk management: The top risks you need to know about

August 22 , 2016

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The world has never been more connected than it is today. The exploding globalization of trade and commerce has been a boon to businesses, economies and people around the world. But internationalization has also increased business’ exposure to global risks. It’s a more complex and ambiguous environment, with supply chains sometimes spanning many countries, making long-term investment decisions increasingly unpredictable. Before you make the leap and “go global,” beware of the risks you’ll be facing.

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Construction risk management: With labor shortages, the devil really IS in the details

July 25 , 2016

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There’s good news in the construction industry these days. Business is booming across the country as the post-recession comeback continues. There’s a growing demand for buildings, roads and homes. Average hourly wages are up. Unemployment is at a 16-year low, with more than 200,000 jobs created in 2014 according to the ADP Research Institute. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that construction growth leads all other sectors of the economy.

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