Riding the Storm Out

It’s that time of year when REO Speedwagon’s “ Ridin’ the Storm Out” song hits home for many businesses. Storms often lead to flooding, the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster…and one that causes millions of dollars in damage every year. Through first quarter 2017, the U.S. has seen an above-average number of storm reports. If you think you’re immune to this, think again. Floods can happen anywhere. More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk … [Read more...]

Riding the Storm Out

It’s that time of year when REO Speedwagon’s “ Ridin’ the Storm Out” song hits home for many businesses. Storms often lead to flooding, the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster…and one that causes millions of dollars in damage every year. Through first quarter 2017, the U.S. has seen an above-average number of storm reports. If you think you’re immune to this, think again. Floods can happen anywhere. More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk … [Read more...]

Riding the Storm Out

It’s that time of year when REO Speedwagon’s “ Ridin’ the Storm Out” song hits home for many businesses. Storms often lead to flooding, the nation’s most common and costly natural disaster…and one that causes millions of dollars in damage every year. Through first quarter 2017, the U.S. has seen an above-average number of storm reports. If you think you’re immune to this, think again. Floods can happen anywhere. More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk … [Read more...]

The Letters You Shouldn’t Toss, Bury, or Ignore

Have you ever had to part ways with an employee? How’d that turn out for you? Hopefully it went smoothly. At some point, every employer faces the situation of parting ways with an employee. Most times, the separation goes well. However, what happens when — a few months after an employee’s separation — a letter directly from the former employee or a letter branding the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) logo shows up on your desk? Do you ignore it and file it away but never open it? … [Read more...]

OSHA Anti-retaliation Rule: Helpful or Overstepping Bounds?

It depends on who you’re talking to. I’ll get to that in a minute, but first I want to provide you with an important update. This past week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) agreed — for the second time — to delay enforcement of the anti-retaliation provisions in its Injury and Illness Tracking rule until December 1, 2016. Background In May 2016, OSHA released new updates to its Recordkeeping Requirements that would require many employers to electronically report their … [Read more...]