This past year a record number of Americans quit their jobs. This labor phenomenon referred to as The Great Resignation involves more than 47 million workers quitting their jobs voluntarily, with more expected to continue the trend. Though reasons for leaving differed, most workers reported their main driving factor for quitting was low pay, poor benefits, and poor company culture. What many don’t consider when leaving a job is the health insurance they may be leaving behind. If you lose the health insurance that was being supplied through your company, there are a few options to purchase your own plan. Understanding your options for health insurance can help you avoid marketplace confusion or risking having no coverage.
In his recent State of the Union Address, Biden revealed his plan to improve mental health care and drug treatment in the United States. The President said he is seeking to close the gap in coverage for the millions of Americans struggling to get the care they need, and his plan would call upon insurers to include more coverage and doctors visits for no additional cost to patients. His plan will additionally seek to remove discrimination and increase affordable healthcare networks for the general public. If Biden’s plan is successful, health insurance will have new regulations and guidelines.
State governments continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a number of different ways that impact businesses and employers. Workers compensation has been a much-discussed topic within this context. In September of 2020, California enacted a new law that codified previous executive orders the created rebuttable presumptions relating to employees who test positive for COVID-19. In addition to the rebuttable presumption, the law created a number of reporting requirements for employers and their workers compensation carriers and administrators.
The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15th and ends November 30th. When hurricanes take form, they cause heavy rains that can lead to extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. They are capable of producing winds in excess of 155 miles per hour as they barrel through the coastal areas and cause catastrophic damage. The best way to minimize damage from a hurricane is to be prepared before one strikes, are you prepared?
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.
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.
REMINDER: Post Your 2014 OSHA Recordkeeping Annual Summary By February 1, 2015
OSHA continues its focus of inspecting and, when alleged violations found, citing employers under its recordkeeping standard. Proper recordkeeping has become more critical to employers since OSHA is considering a proposed rule to publish, in certain cases, the injury and illness data provided by employers.
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.
More workers are lacing up their sneakers during lunch breaks, taking the stairs, and parking on the far end of the parking lot than ever before. Organizations are realizing the high return on investment on walking programs, and the incentives of both material rewards and prizes along with the reward of good health are improving employee morale.
Why is job safety and health important?