Human Resources

Workers' Compensation Fraud Prevention & Red Flags

Every year workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths cost our nation $170 billion according to OSHA. The National Insurance Crime Bureau estimates the cost of workers' compensation fraud as $7.5 billion annually. The best way to confront the problem of insurance fraud is through prevention, investigation, and prosecution. Over 

 

Risk Alert: HR Form I-9 Audits on The Rise

The current push for immigration reform is shining a spotlight on hiring practices and a surge in activity to hold companies accountable. Simply failing to produce a Form I-9 constitutes a substantive violation with penalties ranging from $110 to $1,100 per violation. Since January 2009, U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has 

 

The Impact of PSP: FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Resource

When it comes to hiring qualified drivers, motor carriers have a variety of resources available to use as screening tools. One of those tools includes the FMCSA's Pre-Employment Screening Program, or PSP. Companies regularly using PSP have, on average, reduced their crash rates by 8% and their driver out-of-service rates by 17.2% 

 

Rising Workers’ Compensation Claims Costs and The Benefits of Return-to-Work Programs

The costs of Workers’ Compensation claims are on the rise. In a report released by The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) on September 6, 2014, the average total incurred loss per closed claim is $19,403 (indemnity $9,206 per claim, medical $10,198 per claim). The average length of time a Workers’ Compensation claim is staying open is 

 

Talent Management: Right vs. Wrong

When I talk to most CEO’s, a common denominator in our conversation is that their employees are the secret to their success. Yet many of those same CEO’s are frustrated because they aren’t growing and differentiating from competitors. Often, the CEO sitting in front of me is frustrated, overworked and flat out unhappy. The...

 

10 Tips to Overcoming the Driver Shortage

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As the trucking industry continues to grow in numerous sectors, the amount of retiring and aging truck drivers is mounting. The industry shortage of qualified and, more importantly, quality drivers is increasing at an alarming rate. The American Trucking Association estimates that the current shortage is about 25,000 and

 

New Hours of Service Compliance: Are You Ready?

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) continues to scrutinize and intensify Hours of Service regulations in attempt to reduce fatigue-related crashes and improve roadway safety. On July 1, 2013, FMCSA will start enforcing regulations for specific, mandatory hours of service limitations on truck drivers. FMCSA Administrator

 

The Employee: Soldier of the Return-to-Work System

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You are an employee that was just injured while working; do you know what to do first? Who to contact? Or what steps to take? Because in any return-to-work program, you will have specific processes to follow. Injuries in the workplace happen, especially in high hazard industries. Even if you and your employer follow all the required safety

 

The Employer: Conductor of a Successful Return-to-Work Program

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After analyzing Tim ‘The Tool Man’ Taylor, Tool Time, and their impressive return-to-work program in our last blog, we will now outline the role of the first component to a successful post-accident occupational injury management system; the employer. An injury just occurred in the workplace. As a manager or supervisor, do you know 

 

"Tool Time" An Occupational Injury Success Story

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There are some great things that we will never forget about the 1990’s; items like the Walkman, yo-yo, super soakers, chain wallets and lunchables to name a few. Many of us also remember sitcoms dominating the 90’s entertainment slate; shows like Friends, Seinfeld and Frasier were some of the most popular and regularly viewed