Category: Newsletter

  • Ruling May Open Firms up to Employee Suits in Safety Cases

    The California State Supreme Court has issued a landmark opinion that paves the way for employees who have been injured at work due to their employer’s violations of Cal/OSHA regulations to sue for unfair business practices and other violations of the state’s Business and Professions Code. This broadens the scope of employer liability in workplace […]

    April 20, 2018

  • When the Customer Is Sexually Harassing One of Your Employees

    Society has become increasingly aware of the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace. Several high-profile offenders have seen their careers harmed or ended. Employers are beginning to realize the harm this behavior among employees can cause. However, the problem might not be the business’s workers; in many cases, it is the customers. Harassment by […]

    April 20, 2018

  • New Law Reduces Ownership Requirement for Coverage Exemption

    A NEW STATE law (SB 189) introduces amendments to an existing law (AB 2883) that defines what constitutes an owner or officer who is exempt from having to carry workers’ comp coverage. The legislation amends the current law (AB 2883) that became effective on January 1, 2017, which limits the ownership percentage of individuals in […]

    April 20, 2018

  • Gender Wage Discrimination Lawsuits Heat up with #EqualPayNow

    While the #MeToo movement has spurred a new wave of sexual harassment lawsuits in organizations throughout the country, there is a parallel trend that is also gaining a foothold: unequal pay lawsuits based on gender or race. Corporate defense lawyers have expressed concern that pay discrimination cases also seem to be on the rise as […]

    April 20, 2018

  • Documenting Small Safety Incidents Key to Preventing Major Ones

    Studies show that for every major workplace injury or fatality, there are nearly 10 minor injuries – and more than 30 accidents that lead to property damage. Capturing data even on minor incidents that may seem trivial in isolation can be critical in informing efforts to prevent much greater dangers in the future. A big […]

    January 11, 2018

  • This New Year Resolve to Review Your Insurance

    While you may have made some good New Year’s resolutions, to make sure that you are not leaving anything to chance you should also revisit your insurance policies. You may have acquired new property, upgraded your home or bought new stuff for your house and, considering the increasing risks of natural catastrophes, you may now […]

    January 11, 2018

  • Top 10 Laws, Regulations and Trends for 2018

    In this article, we focus on the top 10 laws, regulations and trends going into 2018 that employers need to be aware of.   New Parent Leave Act Effective Jan. 1, 2018, employers in California with 20 or more workers will be required to provide eligible employees with 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to […]

    January 11, 2018

  • The Armstrong Report Q4 2017

    Download the PDF of The Armstrong Report – Q4 2017   Group Benefits: Group Plan Inflation Low, New Cost-saving Strategies Emerge Workers’ Compensation: Closed Claims and Adjustments to Your X-Mod Ag Safety: The Right Way to Extract Stuck Vehicles in the Field Risk Management: Surveillance Cameras and Video Monitoring

    October 9, 2017

  • Identity Theft Doesn’t Only Take Place Online: Shred Certain Documents

    Much has been made of people’s identities being stolen through cyber attacks and other online means, but the majority of these thefts are still being carried out the old-fashioned way by criminals finding documents bearing social security numbers and other personal information. Identity theft is a growing problem with consumers reporting more than 490,000 incidents […]

    July 11, 2017

  • How to Identify, Eliminate Slip, Trip and Fall Hazards

    WHILE BIG-TICKET, dramatic claims make headlines, the reality is that run-of-the-mill workers’ comp injuries end up costing employers the most. That is especially true for slips, trips and falls. These claims account for nearly one-quarter of all workers’ comp claims and some 300,000 workplace injuries every year, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance. […]

    July 11, 2017