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Crowd Management Safety Guidelines for Retailers

Posted on Nov 26, 2013 4:30:00 PM

Under the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, employers are responsible for providing their workers with safe and healthy workplaces. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has prepared a number of guidelines to help employers and store owners avoid injuries during the holiday shopping season, or other events where large crowds may gather. Highlights include the following:

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5 Tips on Payroll Outsourcing for Employers

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Many employers outsource their payroll and related tax duties to third-party payers such as payroll service providers and reporting agents. Reputable third-party payers can help employersOutsourcing Payroll streamline their business operations by collecting and timely depositing payroll taxes on the employer's behalf and filing required payroll tax returns with state and federal authorities.

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Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC): 3 FAQs for Employers

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 8:30:00 AM

As a reminder, starting with plan years and open enrollment periods beginning on or after September 23, 2012, employees must be provided a standard summary of benefits and coverage (SBC) notice explaining what the plan covers and what it costs. Below are three key areas of importance that employers should know about related to SBCs. 

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4 Must-Have Forms and Records for New Hires

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 8:30:00 AM

As an employer, one of your most important responsibilities when hiring new employees is to complete and secure necessary forms and records. The following are key steps involved in the new hire process:

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Secrets to Successful Recruiting for Any Size Business

Posted on May 30, 2013 8:30:00 AM

If recruiting employees were simple, it wouldn't be a valued expertise within the HR field. In fact, successful recruiting has evolved into a specialized discipline requiring smart planning and a number of key steps to get the job done. To effectively recruit employees at all levels, the following are tips, tasks and ground rules that can be easily adopted by any business owner or hiring manager.

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Recruiting Strategies: Draw Top Talent with Attractive Compensation, Corporate Culture

Posted on May 23, 2013 8:30:00 AM

You need skilled, dedicated employees to build your business. Attracting human capital is essential to positioning your company for growth and success.

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How to Prevent Workplace Injuries and Protect Your Employees

Posted on May 10, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Workplace injuries are an unfortunate reality—well over a million injuries occur each year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To minimize the incidence of workplace injury due to dangerous working conditions, the federal government passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act). The OSH Act requires employers to provide their employees with working conditions that are free of known dangers. The Act also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which sets and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards.

Key Employer Responsibilities Under OSHA 

OSHA regulations protect employees and employers alike from the injuries, lost wages and productivity and, ultimately, the potential litigation surrounding unsafe work conditions. OSHA has outlined a set of employer responsibilities, which dictates that employers must:

  • Provide a workplace free from serious recognized hazards and comply with standards, rules and regulations issued under the OSH Act.
  • Examine workplace conditions to make sure they conform to applicable OSHA standards.
  • Make sure employees have and use safe tools and equipment and properly maintain this equipment.Workplace Safety
  • Use color codes, posters, labels or signs to warn employees of potential hazards.
  • Establish or update operating procedures and communicate them so that employees follow safety and health requirements.
  • Provide safety training in a language and vocabulary workers can understand.
  • For employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace, develop and implement a written hazard communication program and train employees on the hazards they are exposed to and proper precautions (a copy of safety data sheets also must be readily available).
    • Provide medical examinations and training when required by OSHA standards.
  • Post, at a prominent location within the workplace, the OSHA poster (or the state-plan equivalent) informing employees of their rights and responsibilities.
  • Report to the nearest OSHA office within 8 hours any fatal accident or one that results in the hospitalization of three or more employees.
  • Keep records of work-related injuries and illnesses (employers with 10 or fewer employees and employers in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from this requirement).
  • Provide employees, former employees and their representatives access to the Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses (OSHA Form 300), and post the summary of the OSHA log of injuries and illnesses (OSHA Form 300A) on February 1, and for three months.
  • Provide access to employee medical records and exposure records to employees or their authorized representatives.
  • Provide to the OSHA compliance officer the names of authorized employee representatives who may be asked to accompany the compliance officer during an inspection.
  • Not discriminate against employees who exercise their rights under the Act.
  • Post OSHA citations at or near the work area involved. Each citation must remain posted until the violation has been corrected, or for three working days, whichever is longer. Post abatement verification documents or tags.
  • Correct cited violations by the deadline set in the OSHA citation and submit required abatement verification documentation.
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Retail Sales Tops List of Most Popular Jobs

Posted on Apr 19, 2013 8:30:00 AM

It seems the old sales adage, "ABC—Always Be Closing," is top-of-mind with lots of Americans; according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, retail sales is the largest single occupation in the United States, accounting for more than 4.3 million jobs. That's about a million more than the second largest occupation—cashier—which rings in at approximately 3.3 million jobs.

 

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3 Questions to Consider Before Adopting a Telecommuting Policy

Posted on Mar 8, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to end the company's work-from-home policy has sparked much debate on the merits of allowing employees to work remotely. How do you know if telecommuting makes sense for your company? Here are three questions to consider that can help you make the right decision.

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How to Write a Good Job Description

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 8:30:00 AM

Job descriptions are an essential part of hiring and managing employees. In addition to helping you recruit and hire the right candidates, these written summaries serve as a key basis for outlining employees' performance expectations, job training, job evaluation, and career advancement.

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