Flood Insurance — A Necessary Conversation

You’ve likely seen the devastation on news reports and through social media. Hurricane Harvey and Irma both took a heavy, damaging toll on homes and businesses throughout the areas the hurricanes hit….and other hurricanes are following. Massive flooding is affecting many cities, and the dollar amounts will soon start rolling in as to the monetary impact these hurricanes had and will continue to have for the foreseeable future. Recently, the deadline for the National Flood Insurance Program … [Read more...]

New OSHA Anti-retaliation Rule Causes Confusion and Concern

Remember that little (OK…actually very big) rule R.W. Smith recently told you about — the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) anti-retaliation rule? Well, it went into effect December 1, 2016, and, to be blunt, it’s causing a lot of confusion and concern. Employers are struggling to understand how elements of the rule will affect the administration of post-accident drug testing, incentive programs, and disciplinary actions for safety infractions. To break it down a little bit, … [Read more...]

New OSHA Anti-retaliation Rule Causes Confusion and Concern

Remember that little (OK…actually very big) rule R.W. Smith recently told you about — the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) anti-retaliation rule? Well, it went into effect December 1, 2016, and, to be blunt, it’s causing a lot of confusion and concern. Employers are struggling to understand how elements of the rule will affect the administration of post-accident drug testing, incentive programs, and disciplinary actions for safety infractions. To break it down a little bit, … [Read more...]

Learning from Our Mistakes

In high performing companies, systems and processes are resources that make the job more consistent and easier. Developing these effective programs can be a significant challenge due to the culture of an organization. One of the best ways to influence the culture is to encourage involvement and establish a climate of continuous improvement. Quite frankly, one of the most successful and impacting programs I’ve had the opportunity to work on is the reporting of near misses or hits. Let me set the … [Read more...]

Learning from Our Mistakes

In high performing companies, systems and processes are resources that make the job more consistent and easier. Developing these effective programs can be a significant challenge due to the culture of an organization. One of the best ways to influence the culture is to encourage involvement and establish a climate of continuous improvement. Quite frankly, one of the most successful and impacting programs I’ve had the opportunity to work on is the reporting of near misses or hits. Let me set the … [Read more...]

Anti-retaliation and Commercial Driver Rules Could Substantially Impact Employers

I know, I know…many of you have been holding on to the edge of your seats, anxiously awaiting the update of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) anti-retaliation rule announced in my previous blog. Well, guess what? I have an update for you. The courts have made a decision, and the impact it could have on employers is substantial. I also have new, critical information that needs to be shared if you have commercial drivers working for you. OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Update As … [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...]

What Color Category are You in When You Travel?

Planning a business trip outside of the U.S. anytime soon? If so, you’re probably thinking of the normal things any traveler would…what should you pack, do you have your passport, what work necessities should you bring, will you check luggage, etc. What you may not be thinking about are the potential issues you might face. Traveling to another country for business can put executives in questionable — and sometimes dangerous — situations. Unfamiliar surroundings, unique modes of transportation, … [Read more...]

Don’t Get Caught off Guard by a ‘Caught on Camera’ Reputational Risk

Warren Buffet is often quoted for saying, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you will do things differently.” Think about that for a minute. It’s true. Have you ever seen a YouTube video of a restaurant employee performing a lewd act while on duty? It doesn’t make you want to eat there anytime soon, does it? Those videos are out there, and that scenario is more common than we’d all like to think. The exponential growth of smartphone … [Read more...]