Getting Younger Employees’ Safety Buy-In

Denise Gillin Risk Management, Workers' Compensation

By Zach Pucillo for One of the most impactful ways to motivate younger workers to reduce their risk tolerance is to focus on technology. This generation grew up with mobile phones, apps, and social media, and their cell phones are likely attached at their hips. Certainly, if distractions from a mobile phone or electronic tablet could result in safety hazards at work, consider implementing a ban on such usage in high-risk work areas. But, once you’ve identified those risks and implemented policies and practices to properly address those issues, consider the ways in which you can leverage technology to work to your advantage. For instance, consider including your safety data sheets (SDSs) in a mobile application that’s easily accessible …

Six Components of an Effective Return-to-Work Program

Denise Gillin News, Risk Management, Workers' Compensation

By Tara Crisp-Schwartz for One of the first steps in evaluating your current Workers’ Compensation and Return-to-Work (RTW) program is reviewing and revising current job descriptions to ensure they are EEOC and ADA-compliant. Once this task is complete, you can pre-plan for your return-to-work program. Why pre-plan? If you have not had a clear, concise discussion with your management team on RTW, you may get delayed when it comes time to implement the program for your injured worker. Read the six steps>>>

Positive Employer Work Order Versus Positive Employee COVID-19 Test

Denise Gillin News, Workers' Compensation

By Caitlin M. Sullivan for Can employers limit workers’ compensation liability against employees who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine? It’s the news we have been waiting to hear for months. Operation Warp Speed has successfully accelerated the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines, and while the actual distribution of the vaccine has caused chaos, the fact that a “shot in the arm” may be just around the corner is enough to calm the anxiety of many. But news of the COVID vaccine distribution has employers faced with several legal questions. Not only are employers wondering whether vaccines can be mandated, but also, what recourse do employers have when an employee refuses to get a vaccine and contracts COVID while at …