Category Archives: employer benefit plans

The Accidental Supervisor

My longtime friend, Linwood Smith, V.P. Risk Management of T.A. Loving Company selected this title for a presentation he asked me to make at this week’s Carolinas AGC combined Annual Safety and Human Resources Conference.  Linwood and I share several … Continue reading

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The Next Big Workplace Safety Issue … Depression?

I grew up with a dad from the “Great Generation” who had survived WWII, Korea and Stalag 17.  He and my mom built a pretty impressive business by their hard work.  Not surprisingly, I grew up with that wonderful middle … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Presses! Health Law Penalties delayed For Big Employers

  In case you saw headlines today, such as the one in the Wall Street Journal pasted below, we have attached the Treasury statement following the WSJ blurb.  The Obama administration said it is delaying penalties for large employers who … Continue reading

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Everybody Agrees That We Need Better Wellness Programs? Correct?

My answer would be that “I’m not sure.”  An amazing number of employers agree that absent improved wellness initiatives, a graying less healthy workforce will break the corporate bank, so to speak.  Likewise, seemingly, we should all be able to … Continue reading

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OSHA Warning: Don’t Get Caught In a Trap!

It’s nice to see that more and more employers and their publications are raising the legal and practical concerns associated with reliance on “lagging indicators,” such as recordable injuries to manage and evaluate safety programs. Go to the Blog  of … Continue reading

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Focus on Wellness: For Our Workers, It’s a Critical Life or Death Issue

When I started this Blog, I wanted to post analysis and suggestions which were different or more practical than some of the Employment Law, Safety and Labor Articles out there.  I did not want to simply repeat what others were already effectively … Continue reading

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Protecting Employees During AND After Winter Storms

Our Portland, Maine office NEVER closes, so when I saw the internal announcement  that even that stolid crew was fleeing the storm, I knew it was bad. I am traveling on business through Sunday and do not have the opportunity … Continue reading

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