Want to Stand Out: Strive for the Mark of Safety Excellence

Safety comes first with any employer and staffing firms should say it proud with a Safety Standard of Excellence mark of the American Staffing Association (ASA). A safe workplace not only attracts more workers, but keeps work injuries down.

To find out more, go to www.americanstaffing.net/safety and complete the readiness assessment. You can also find out which staffing firms, including your closest competitors, have already earned the Excellence mark.

If you staff a high comp risk industry, find out what you have to do to reduce your injury rates to qualify for the program. The other benefit: Fewer injuries mean lower workers’ comp costs. Work Comp Staffing Solutions has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Staffing Firms: Track Overtime and Classcodes

A staffing firm in New Bedford, New Jersey was forced to settle a class action suit after it was alleged it had an employee working at two different locations but didn’t pay overtime. The company admitted no wrong doing but ended up paying $42,000 to settle.

In this case, the employee ended up working more than 40 hours a week at both a car wash and a fish processor. Not only was there failure to pay overtime, but both these jobs are in different class codes. Whether the employer was deliberately negligent, or just careless, is unknown.

But if a staffing firm has employees working at multiple locations or in different class codes, keeping close tabs on those class codes and hours will help avoid the legal pitfalls of non-compliance. Class codes have an impact on your workers’ comp premiums, which are determined by both risk and payroll.

Work Comp Staffing Solutions has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Does Bad Press Spur Better Safety Practices?

Under the Obama administration it became common practice for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to publish press releases every time there was a death or a serious injury at an employer worksite. The hope was that the local press would spread the word, and the bad publicity would spur other employers to pay more attention to safety standards.

There is not definitive proof this practice actually lowered accident rates, but it certainly rattled employers who didn’t want their names associated with deaths and injuries. Statistics do show that when press releases went out, there were fewer injuries and safety violations. Under the Trump administration there have been fewer press releases.

Despite that, it doesn’t mean inspections are dropping off, and staffing firms, like all employers, should be aware of the fact that once key positions have been filled at OSHA, the press releases could start again. And in states such as California where it’s made its mission to strengthen state standards since Trump took office, this tool may be put to use. If the fear of bad publicity is helping employers pay more attention to safety, this means fewer accidents and lower workers’ comp costs.

Work Comp Staffing Solutions has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Returning to Work As A Valued Employee

As employers, staffing firms should not only want an injured worker back to work, but in a meaningful and accommodating position. Employers run the risk of appearing insensitive and apathetic if they don’t value they’re injured workers. The job duties should not exceed medical restrictions.

Documentation should list the specific job duties and tasks for every position. A light duty position doesn’t mean that the employee can perform the task. Ignoring these details will make employers appear as if they don’t care whether the employee returns or not.

Return-to-work offers should be documented either electronically or in writing. This not only leaves a record, but truly shows that the employer wants the employee back. A phone call doesn’t leave a record, and if the employee doesn’t show up for work, it appears the employer didn’t value the employee’s contribution enough to send a written offer.

The position should also be productive and meaningful. If a light duty position is either distasteful or provides no benefit to the company, the employee may feel pressure to return to his old job, even though medical restrictions don’t allow it. It also appears that the employer is just trying to avoid paying temporary disability benefits.

These factors not only keep otherwise capable employees from returning to work but may result in higher workers’ comp costs because of the temporary total disability benefits employers will end up paying. Work Comp Staffing Solutions has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Please visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Worker Safety Standards under the Knife Could Mean More Accidents

On the campaign trail, President Trump talked about slashing and putting numerous occupational health and safety regulations on the back burner as a way to trim the bureaucracy. He’s making good on his promises by targeting several worker safety rulemakings.

The rulemakings being slashed include proposed rules on combustible dust, construction noise, and permissible exposure limits for certain chemicals. It’s uncertain what the long term impact will be on worker safety, but one possible result could be more accidents and illnesses.

Staffing firms that provide temporary workers to industries that contain these risks should make sure they have up-to-date safety plans and procedures. Some states, such as California, require employers to have injury and illness prevention plans in place to address workplace hazards in their particular industries. Lax safety standards can lead to more accidents and higher workers’ comp rates.

Work Comp Staffing Solutions has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Please visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com

Workers’ Comp and ADA: Watch the Overlap

Workers’ comp coverage and the Americans with Disabilities Act protections can overlap at times after a work injury. ADA protects people with disabilities from discrimination, not employees injured on the job. However, a work injury can trigger ADA.

For instance, if an employee is treated for a work injury and is able to return to work, there are no ADA protections. But if that same injured employee cannot return to the same position because of the injury, this is considered an impairment and ADA applies.

Workers’ comp laws differ by state and is typically the exclusive remedy. ADA is federal law and can open employers up to litigation. Depending on the workers’ comp law in the state where your company is operating, offering a similar or modified position to the disabled employee may meet the ADA requirements.

Staffing firms, in particular those that supply temporary employees in high-risk industries, need to be aware of when the ADA applies and its impact on workers’ comp.

Work Comp Staffing Solutions has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Please visit our web site at www.StaffingCompSolutions.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@StaffingCompSolutions.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
StaffingCompSolutions.com