Risk Control: Why an Employee Handbook is Key

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Feb 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s important to make sure your employees know what they can expect from your company as well as what’s expected of them from day one. The best way to do that is to have detailed job descriptions, a thorough employee handbook and clearly outlined company policies.

It’s important that employees sign off on these items during their orientation to document they have received, read and understand them.

Your employee handbook is the bible of your business. It establishes the rules and guidelines of your organization and explains certain legal obligations and entitlement. The handbook isn’t strictly informational, it helps with HR risk control and can protect employers from legal trouble — specifically discrimination claims.

Here are the primary elements to include.

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Topics: Risk Management

HR Regulations: Handling Employees Who May Be Drunk at Work

Posted by Christine Batten, PHR on Feb 16, 2017 9:30:00 AM

As an employer, you may sometimes find yourself in a situation that isn’t outlined in a guide book. For example, what if a worker is under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the job?

Believe it or not, it’s an issue that comes up often this time of year, specifically in northern states where a “winter depression” is common. But whether you run your business in the cold, or in the sunshine, you should know the proper way to handle an employee who may be drunk at work.

Here are our top four tips.

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Topics: Risk Management

How to Reduce Workplace Risk and Lower Workers’ Compensation Claims

Posted by FrankCrum on Feb 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Many business owners face the challenge of keeping their employees safe, but having a safe workplace is smart business. Avoiding injuries not only helps reduce lost work time and workers’ compensation claims, but it also drives productivity and increases employee morale. Being proactive before an accident happens is the key to improving safety performance, and sustaining it over time.

Although every company is different, safety standards can benefit every type of organization. Creating a safety program is the first step to reducing workplace risk.

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Topics: Workers' Compensation, Risk Management

Turning Risk Control Into Risk Management Savings [Webinar]

Posted by FrankCrum on Oct 17, 2016 9:50:04 AM

As an employer it's not what you say your employees should do to prevent injuries; it's the “culture” behind how you enforce those rules that sets the bar for your employees’ actions to prevent them. 

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Topics: Payroll, Workers' Compensation, Risk Management, Webinar

Importance of a Return to Work Program [Webinar]

Posted by FrankCrum on Jul 14, 2016 10:00:00 AM

A Return to Work (RTW) program is designed to get injured, disabled or temporarily impaired workers back on the job as soon as medically possible.  A RTW program has many great benefits for both you the employer and the employee that include reducing financial impact and improving the injured employee’s recovery progress following an injury. 

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Topics: Risk Management, Webinar

Drug Testing Policies -- What Does an Employer Need to Know?

Posted by Sherri Fluitt on Mar 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM


The use of illegal drugs, alcohol, and abuse of prescription medications has entered the workplace at an alarming rate.

The fact that more and more states are legalizing medicinal and recreational marijuana may not only increase the use of drugs, but also increases the risk of employees reporting to work impaired.

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Topics: Human Resources, Risk Management

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