What The Chipotle Outbreak Taught Us About Public Safety And Public Relations For Businesses

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on May 26, 2016 7:51:10 PM


Few things can damage the reputation of a business in the food industry like an outbreak of foodborne illness tied to the business’s products.  Fast food restaurant Chipotle has had to deal with trying to win back customers nationwide after a series of E. Coli outbreaks across several states.  Complicating the matter, just as the regular alphabet soup of federal agencies declared the E Coli outbreak over, Chipotle had to close all their restaurants nationwide due to a norovirus outbreak.

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Topics: Safety At Work, For Your Business, Food, Restaurants

Insurance Risks Of Cryptocurrencies

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on May 19, 2016 7:18:02 PM

Cryptocurrencies continue to gain steam, both in terms of customer usage and mainstream acceptance.  Estimates place the daily value of bitcoin transactions at approximately $289 million.  Hundreds of thousands of merchants now accept bitcoin as valid payment.  And Bitcoin is just the most popular of these new currencies.  Yet with the transition to increased usage of cryptocurrencies come new risks on which businesses need to educate themselves. 

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Topics: Technology, For Your Business

Infographic- Which Injuries Should Be Reported To OSHA?

Posted by Jen Rossi on May 12, 2016 4:40:38 PM

Many Employers are Confused by the requirements, effective January 1, 2015 as to what types of injuries are reportable to OSHA. Check out the guide below as an easy reference:

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Topics: Safety At Work, Claims, OSHA

Department Of Labor Releases Final Rules Of Fiduciary Duty In Retirement Planning

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on May 6, 2016 7:03:20 PM


After more than five years of work, the Department of Labor finally released its final rule redefining the concept of fiduciary duty in the context of retirement planning advice.  The new rule, replacing standards that have been in place since 1975, comes with a significant amount of controversy.  Republicans in Congress have made their unhappiness with the new rule clear and the Securities and Exchanges Commission, who have their own, separate definition of fiduciary duty and the circumstances in which it applies, have expressed their own concerns with the effect of the DOL rule.

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Topics: For Your Business, Finances, retirement planning

What The European Truck Platooning Challenge Means For The U.S.

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on Apr 28, 2016 3:33:25 PM

As advancements in autonomous vehicles continue, the impact on the trucking industry could be massive.  Self-driving technology possesses the potential to reduce significantly the number of accidents and therefore the loss exposure for long-haul truckers.  These technologies, however, can lead to significant savings even outside the possibility for accident reduction. 

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Topics: Safety At Work, Technology, trucking, Road Safety


Posted by UNIQ CYCLE SOUNDS on Apr 22, 2016 3:38:13 PM


GUEST POST Written by UNiQ Cycle Sounds of

 Tired of riding your motorcycle solo? Why not ask a friend or family member to hitch a ride? Whether you own a chopper or “street” bike, most modern-day motorcycles are designed to accommodate both the driver and one other passenger. However, there are a few things you should know regarding the safety of riding a motorcycle with a passenger.

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Topics: Safety At Home, Motorcycle, Road Safety

How Prince’s Death Can Affect Your Cyber Security Efforts

Posted by Jen Rossi on Apr 22, 2016 1:47:55 PM




The music artist Prince was found dead at his home in Minnesota Thursday morning. An autopsy will be done on Friday 4/22/2016.

Here’s why this is worth mentioning: usually when a musician passes away there is a bump in music downloads and people listen to streaming services to memorialize them. That’s usually all fine and good, album sales go up, there’s trending on twitter, and there is an overall virtual outpouring of support.

Unfortunately these sad times are the perfect opportunity for Social Engineering Scams. Celebrity Deaths (or even death rumors) are like natural disasters, holidays, and other major news stories. New websites are created, the high-demand content is scrubbed, dubious emails are drafted, and links to websites loaded with malware and viruses are circulated on social media.

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Topics: Technology, social engineering, cyber security

Law Firms Are A Growing Target For Hired Hackers

Posted by Brynne Bernier (Ashton) on Apr 11, 2016 3:25:44 PM


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Topics: Technology, For Your Business, lawyer, cyber security

Classifying Joint Employment As Either: Horizontal Joint Employment Or Vertical Joint Employment

Posted by Jeffrey Forbes on Apr 1, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Continuing a trend from the National Labor Relations Board and several state courts, the US Labor Department issued new guidance regarding joint employer liability on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.  Companies face a number of exposures as it relates to the status of employees: these can range from unionization regulations as controlled by the NLRB, to minimum wage and overtime laws controlled by the US Department of Labor under the Fair Labor Standards Act, and even including discrimination claims under the Civil Rights Act often litigated in court.  Rules for who constitutes an employee can differ significantly depending on the employee rights sought.  The US Labor Department often uses a more expansive definition of employee than the National Labor Relations Board or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for example.
Read More About The Growing Liability Of Joint Employment Here

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Topics: For Your Business, Employee Benefits, HR Insights

An Interview With Charlie Bernier, ECBM's President

Posted by ecbmadmin on Mar 24, 2016 3:08:41 PM

ECBM's President Charlie Bernier discusses with Executive Leaders Radio host Herb Cohen how his family and upbringing influences his outlook, sense of responsibility, and ECBM's core values.

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