Benefits Buzz: November 2018

 

Topics Include:

  • Hardship Exemption Rules Eased for 2018 Individual Mandate
  • IRS Issues Letters to Noncompliant Employers
  • Did You Know? Overhaul of Overtime Rules

OSHA Trade Release: U.S. Department of Labor Updates National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation Safety

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated the National Emphasis Program (NEP) on preventing trenching and excavation collapses in response to a recent spike in trenching fatalities.

OSHA’s NEP will increase education and enforcement efforts.

Winter Weather Checklist for Protecting Homes and Businesses

 

Learn more about how to prepare your home and/or business with information regarding winter readiness topics including:

  • Prepare for a Power Outage
  • Prevent Roof Collapse
  • Stay Safe and Warm
  • Prevent Frozen Pipes
  • Know Your Winter Weather Alerts

When Disaster Strikes: Preparation, Response, and Recovery

 

No business is totally immune from disaster. Every year, businesses temporarily shut down—or close forever—because of a disaster such as a flood, fire or hurricane. Forty percent of businesses do not reopen after a disaster and another 25 percent fail within one year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Benefits Buzz: October 2018

Articles Include:

  • IRS and DOL Issue Guidance on Association Health Plans
  • Medicare Part D Notices Due Before October 15th
  • Did You Know? Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

Do You Know How to Lift and Carry Safely?

Lifting and carrying are power jobs that require special care and training to prevent back injuries. Back injuries accounted for 177,580 of the total 905,690 injuries in the private sector in 2012, according to Injury Facts 2015. Back injuries can be difficult to treat and may result in lengthy and expensive rehabilitation.

Whether lifting at home or at work, make an effort to take special care of your back.

Checklist: Updating Your Employee Handbook

Keeping your employees informed using an employee handbook is not only helpful to them, but often required.

When you are preparing or revising an employee handbook, this checklist may be helpful.

5 Biggest Cyber Threats That Could Impact Businesses

 

In today’s increasingly digital world, the primary threats that aim to disrupt businesses can come from a variety of sources and malicious applications.

Here are five big cyber threats that could impact your business along with how you can protect yourself from each.