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  • ICE on Course to Increase I-9 Audits by 400% This Year

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been stepping up its enforcement by more than doubling the amount of investigations it was doing in 2017. The drive is likely to continue and intensify under ICE’s push for a “culture of compliance” among businesses. As part of this push, it’s expected that ICE will conduct 400% […]

    October 16, 2018

  • Do Return-to-Work Programs Work?

    Employers who have an injured worker are caught in a bind – especially if the injury occurred on the job. As the worker recovers, employers are faced with a decision. Here are the options: Settle the workers’ comp claim and let the employee go, Continue to have the worker stay home, pending a full recovery, […]

    October 16, 2018

  • California Workers in Danger of Valley Fever

    If you have outdoor workers in the golden state or the Southwest, particularly in construction and agriculture and to some extent landscaping, you need to be aware of the big increase in Valley Fever cases. The number of reported cases of Valley Fever in California has spiked in 2017. The Cal/OSHA Reporter, a trade publication, […]

    October 16, 2018

  • Getting a Head Start on Open Enrollment

    As open enrollment is right around the corner, now is the time to gear up to maximize employee enrollment, help them make the best selections for their own personal circumstances, and stay compliant with relevant laws and regulations. It’s a lot to take in as uncertainty has been a constant during the last many years […]

    October 16, 2018

  • Five Ways to Protect Your Personal Electronic Data

    Online data breaches are just an unfortunate fact of life now—as the New York Times put it, you might as well assume that your personal information has been taken, because cyberattacks happen all the time. That’s why we recommend Safeco’s identity-recovery coverage, available for just $1 a month for our homeowners customers. It’s best if you […]

    October 2, 2018

  • Kids Are Heading Back to School — Let’s Keep Them Safe

    The end of summer means many things, such as cooler weather, shorter days and … the start of football is here! But most important, it means kids are headed back to school. And that means we all should be extra careful on the roads, in school zones and around buses. Don’t forget to watch for […]

    September 14, 2018

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    Let’s Keep Our Lawns – and Ourselves – Safe

    For many of our neighbors, summer means more than sunshine and vacations. It also means working in the yard – often with tools that can be dangerous if not used properly. Each year about 400,000 people are treated for injuries from lawn and garden tools, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Don’t […]

    August 20, 2018

  • DOL Issues Final Rules for Association Health Plans

    The Department of Labor in June issued its final rules for expanding employers’ access to association plans, a move that could result in some increases in premiums for other plans, including Affordable Care Act-compliant small group health plans. The rule in its essence allows more small businesses and self-employed workers to band together to buy […]

    July 20, 2018

  • Preventing Heat Illness as Temperatures Soar

    With temperatures rising, employers with outdoor workers need to take steps to protect them from heat illness. California employers need to be especially mindful as Cal/OSHA has workplace safety regulations governing the prevention of heat illness. The heat illness standard came into effect about seven years ago as the number of deaths due to heat […]

    July 20, 2018

  • California High Court Upends Independent Contractor Test

    THE CALIFORNIA Supreme Court has handed down a decision that rewrites the state’s independent contractor law by adopting a more stringent test for determining whether or not someone is an employee for wage order cases. The new law will affect any California business that uses independent contractors and it makes it more difficult to classify […]

    July 20, 2018