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Keep your Employees Safe with Ergonomic Adjustments

As we all know and dread to hear, workers’ comp premiums continue to rise. While all companies are concerned about the increasing costs of employee benefits, there are some things you can do to help protect your company when it comes to workers’ comp claims. The most important thing you can do is make sure your workplace is safe. If you can lower the number of accidents at your business, you can save yourself from getting faced with higher insurance rates due to poor workplace conditions.   You should have a training program that covers all of the safety bases. This will hopefully reduce the risk of anyone being injured. In the area of ergonomics, here are some things to keep in mind when setting up safe work areas: Adjust computer screen positions to avoid headaches (and time off as a result). Purchase chairs that help support backs. You can also suggest stretching exercises and designate specific walking times. For workers who stand on their feet all day, floor ma ...

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Report Shows Black Women Struggle in this Economy

According to a recent report by the National Women’s Law Center, while many groups of people have finally begun to gain jobs during the economic recovery, the unemployment rate for black women continues to rise. The study shows though the recession impacted black men more than any other group, that impact has now shifted to black women. According to the report, during a two year period between June 2009 and June 2011, black men gained 127,000 jobs, while black women lost 258,000 (more than twice that number). That means black women have now lost more jobs than black men since December 2007 when the recession began. “We hear back from women suggesting that some employers think it’s more important for men to get back to work than for women,” said the National Women’s Law Center’s Vice President for Family Economic Security Joan Entmacher. The report suggests women are more critical to the economic health of the black population. Data shows black women are a majority (53.4 ...

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Survey Shows Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans Include Expanding IT Departments

New research shows technology executives expect information technology (IT) hiring to continue in the fourth quarter of this year. According to a recent survey by Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, 12 percent of chief information officers (CIO’s), say they plan to expand their IT departments this year. In addition, six percent expect cutbacks—for a net 6 percent projected increase in hiring activity. This is a two-point increase from the previous quarter’s projections. Here are some additional key findings from the survey: 92 percent of CIO’s are confident in the growth prospects at their company over the next three months. This is up five points from last quarter. 88 percent of technology executives gave a rating of three or higher (on a five-point scale…with five being the most optimistic) when it comes to believing their firms will invest in IT projects during the fourth quarter. The net 6 percent expected increase in hiring is up two points from l ...

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Generics for Medications Could Mean Medical Savings for You

According to the Chain Drug Review 2011, medications for some of the top best-selling medications will soon have a generic option. Dispensing generic medications is an immediate way insurance carriers can save money and pass those savings along to consumers. Spending less money on generic options could also lead to better adherence rates, shortened hospital stays and of course, more money in your pocket. Over the next year-and-a-half, generic options will be available for Lipitor (Atorvastatin), Risperdal (Risperidone) and Clopidogrel (Plavix). Over the next two years, generic options for Celecoxib (Celebrex) and Esomeprazole (Nexium) will also be available. Over the next 10 years, about 100 current brand name medications will lose their patent protection. Since brand name medications can cost around $200, these savings are sure to be significant all around. According to a study done by researchers at CVS Corporation, Harvard University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, when doctors and patients dem ...

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HR Departments Should be on Top of their Game with Possible Labor Movement

Human Resource departments should be on alert to review policies and make sure you are in compliance with the National Labor Relations Act. Companies are now facing a strengthened labor force and a more union-friendly National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). This means you should have everything in your HR department in order. You should also be sure to stay connected with your employees.  Many companies are preparing for a renewed organizing push following recent actions by the NLRB—including a proposal that would speed up the union election process. While union membership has been decreasing since the 1950s, a more labor-friendly Obama administration and recent battles over collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin have re-energized labor activists. Lawyers believe there will be a renewed push on organizing over the next several months. As a result, this will force companies to be more involved with day to day labor issues. Lawyers say the NLRB proposal would shorten the time between the fili ...

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