Our office was recently visited by one of our consulting partners, Eric Martin. He is the President and CEO of American Consulting Group, Inc. Eric is one of our team members specializing in all matters of Human Resources as well as Safety & Loss Prevention. Eric spoke with us about several issues he is seeing in the workplace… Here is a brief synopsis of those discussions;
Paid Sick Leave
As you probably know laws involving Paid Sick Leave changed recently. Many companies opted to calculate the benefit by using an accrual method only to discover the lump sum method was easier. While making the change involved less time and headaches in tracking hours for each employee many companies also failed to create or change their company policy accordingly. The critical point that the method of accrual must be consistent with a written company policy or the employer is exposed to regulatory and civil consequences.
Cobra or Not to Cobra – That Is the Question…
Many employers do not know when or if to put an employee on Cobra. What is critical to understand is that you MUST develop a strategy of Standard Operational Procedure and then consistently apply the procedure with each and every employee. As with most HR issues, we get ourselves and our company’s in a lot of trouble when we do different things for different employees. The critical word here is “consistency” – it is the best defense against most HR problems.
How Do I Make My Company Osha Bullet Proof?
This is a question we get from many of our clients and frankly, it’s the “secret sauce” our agency has created to help our clients focus on creating profits rather than constantly looking in their rear-view mirror for OSHA and the regulatory threats. There are very specific requirement items that need to be completed and then procedures implemented to inoculate yourself from any OSHA related fines and penalties. We have seen fines as high as $150,000 for failures in the maintenance and execution of company IIPP Manuals, training records and injury recording. We can help you get “bullet proof.” Ask us how…