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CDC Releases Guidelines To Stem The Tide Of Opioid Use

Opioid prescriptions and opioid abuse have the potential to substantially increase workers’ compensation costs for companies.  Opioids lead to addictions and can increase the amount of time an employee cannot work. 

Know Your Limits This Holiday Season


 

The holiday season… it’s almost here. A mix of consumerism, parties, loved ones, responsibilities, traditions, and emotions is enough of make many panic when trees are set up, music tastes change, and this year’s must-haves start appearing on store shelves. (Take a breath, we’ll get through it together) The perceived bar that we set for ourselves can make a time of happiness into a time of financial burdens, anxiety, and stress that we feel… Even months after the last gift is exchanged.

May 10- 16th is Food Allergy Awareness Week

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How To Address Food Allergies In The Office

Food Allergies may be considered a disability under current federal laws, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the ADA Amendment Act of 2008.

How To Find Relief After A Health Insurance Company CyberAttack

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The recent information theft from Anthem has a lot of people talking about the safety of your information associated with the theft. While it is reported that credit card information was not stolen, your credit could be at risk from fraudulent claims for services. Premera's attack may have leaked bank information and social security numbers along with other personal information. Furthermore, your health could be at risk if someone else uses your Health Insurance ID Number. It is well established that Health Insurance information is worth more on the black market than a credit card number. So even before this information theft from Anthem, other ways of skimming your stealing health insurance information has been happening for years. Some may argue with mandatory health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare), health insurance fraud should be minimized. This has yet to be seen, and this recent theft of health insurance information validates the theory that this type of identification theft may be on the rise.

Lost: Over a Million Years of Vacation in 2014. Reward: ???

 

The average American worker earned 15 paid days off in 2014. However, over 429 million days weren’t used. Employers are including vacation days in your benefits package, and they do contain value. Many workers know that they need to take advantage of 401K programs, especially if their employer matches to a certain percentage, but many are leaving their paid vacation time on the table.

Up in Smoke? Legal Marijuana Use for Medical and Recreation and its Impact on Workers’ Compensation

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Employers are aware that the use of marijuana is now legal in a multitude of states. 22 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical purposes and 2 states, Colorado and Washington, legalized marijuana for recreational use. The laws in these states grant individuals suffering from various ailments the right to seek relief through the use of marijuana. For the most part these statutes decriminalize the use of marijuana for authorized users and create some sort of patient registry. Issues remain with regard to employment and whether an employer can decide to hire or fire based on legal marijuana use. Rhode Island and Arizona laws have language that prohibits an employer from penalizing or refusing to hire a person because of medical marijuana use. Additionally, some of the states have added sections specifically prohibiting discrimination.

Live Well, Work Well: Decrease Your Brain Age

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The brain works through the activation of nerve cells. When a nerve cell is activated, it sends an electrical current that generates chemicals (neurotransmitters). These chemicals are then passed through fibers from one nerve cell to another to pass on the signal.

Workplace Wellness: Wellness Initiatives to Promote Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and also a common factor in disabilities. Fortunately, the risk of heart disease can be reduced—but many individuals don’t know how. Use your wellness program as a means to help employees learn about heart health and how to reduce their risk of future heart disease.

Made From Concentrate

 

 Obviously, the highest type of efficiency is that which can utilize existing material to the best advantage.

~Jawaharlal Nehru

  What did you finish today? What about yesterday?

Does it seem like you are having more and more days where it feels like you are just spinning your wheels and not completing tasks?

 

Risk Insights- Ebola: What Employers Need to Know

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Ebola virus disease, also called Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is an extremely infectious virus if contracted and has a high mortality rate. But according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), Ebola does not pose a threat to most workers in the United States.