Workers’ Compensation Update: Iowa Governor Signs Bill into Law

It truly is out with the old and in with the new. As I mentioned in a previous blog, lawmakers in Iowa were looking to make some significant changes to the state’s workers’ compensation law this session…and, well, they did. On March 30, Governor Terry Brandstad signed the Workers’ Compensation Reform Bill. The changes will go into effect on July 1, 2017. What it boils down to is this…the bill truly overhauls the workers’ compensation law. And, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. While … [Read more...]

Severe Weather: Make Sure You’re ‘Covered’

Did you hear tornado sirens sounding in your city at some point this month? March is a very popular time for severe weather awareness campaigns in many states. Which got me thinking…you’re prepared on what to look for in the skies, what to do when the sirens sound, how to react if you’re outside and you see lightning, how to always go to the lowest level in your home or the building you’re in if a tornado is in the area, and so much more. But do you have a plan in place for your family? Do you … [Read more...]

Just Be…Be Present

As you read this blog, how present are you? No really…how aware are you of your surroundings now and throughout the day? On your way to work, did you observe the scenery or landmarks during your drive? Do you recall if you washed your hair during your shower this morning? How did your shampoo smell? Have you been paying attention to the room you are in? What’s the temperature? What are you sitting on? Is it comfortable? There are so many things going on right now, right here, in the present — … [Read more...]

Risk is Risk, but Loss is the Enemy

I don’t have to tell you anything you don’t already know…if you’re a business leader in the agricultural (Ag) world, you understandably have a lot on your plate. Many of the business issues that affect fortune 500 companies often have a similar impact on smaller, yet still complex, Ag businesses. Navigating issues, such as production, Human Resources (HR), accounting, strategic planning, and regulations, all take time. At the end of the day, you’re helping feed the world, no big deal right? … [Read more...]

R-words are All the Rage

It all started when Republicans got elected on a Repeal & Replace platform. When getting Rid of Obamacare became Rancorous, the Reaction of some was to embrace Reconciliation and Repair. Then the Russians Redirected the Repartee. Regardless, the Race to Remove Obamacare Remains on course. Right-wingers are suffering Ridicule at Rallies and town halls, but Retreat isn’t an option, especially as tax Reform is next on their list. Remember to get some R&R and keep your Rolaids handy…there’s … [Read more...]

Proposed Legislation Could Help Construction Industry

Think about this for a minute. If you’re in the construction industry (a contractor/design professional) and you were asked what kind of construction projects you worked on and completed in 2002, would you remember? Maybe you have a great memory, so your answer is “Yes!” Let’s take it a step further. Can you remember the exact blueprint of each job, what materials you used, how many crew members were on the site, and what assignments each of those crew members had? It’s tricky, I know. After … [Read more...]

Proposed Legislation Could Help Construction Industry

Think about this for a minute. If you’re in the construction industry (a contractor/design professional) and you were asked what kind of construction projects you worked on and completed in 2002, would you remember? Maybe you have a great memory, so your answer is “Yes!” Let’s take it a step further. Can you remember the exact blueprint of each job, what materials you used, how many crew members were on the site, and what assignments each of those crew members had? It’s tricky, I know. After … [Read more...]

A Sigh of Relief for Ammonia Retailers…For Now

If you heard a loud, collective sigh of relief recently, it may have been from anhydrous ammonia retailers, and if you’re one of those retailers, you know why! The retailers were told they wouldn’t have to implement the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard (at least for now). The reason for the reprieve? OSHA’s failure to follow federal rulemaking requirements. Why is this a big deal? Well, a typical retailer would have struggled to … [Read more...]

A Sigh of Relief for Ammonia Retailers…For Now

If you heard a loud, collective sigh of relief recently, it may have been from anhydrous ammonia retailers, and if you’re one of those retailers, you know why! The retailers were told they wouldn’t have to implement the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) Process Safety Management (PSM) Standard (at least for now). The reason for the reprieve? OSHA’s failure to follow federal rulemaking requirements. Why is this a big deal? Well, a typical retailer would have struggled to … [Read more...]

Workers’ Compensation Law: Out with the Old, In with the New?

We have some big news making headlines in the state of Iowa…all in the name of workers’ compensation. What’s happening? Well, lawmakers are looking to make some significant changes to the state’s workers’ compensation law this session…and the proposed changes could toss the decades-old legislation into the trash. Quick upfront side note…while I know this particular information is geared more toward businesses in Iowa, this is an incredibly important topic…not just for Iowa employers, but … [Read more...]