For employers with locations in Texas or Louisiana that are affected by Hurricane Harvey, and also employers with employees who have family in the affected areas, there are benefit issues to consider in response to the ongoing disaster. In reacting to the disaster, the Department of Labor emphasizes that a good guiding principle for plan sponsors is that they should act reasonably, prudently and in the interest of the workers and their families who rely on their benefits for their physical and economic well-being. Read this special edition of the Directions Newsletter for details and guidance for employers to consider regarding employee benefits in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
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Today’s challenging and unpredictable economic conditions are forcing local governments to scrutinize the price they pay for all products and services, as well as, to evaluate their professional relationships like never before. The costs and relationships associated with property and casualty insurance, claims, third party administrator services, workers compensation and risk management services are no exception.
In the wake of recent hurricanes, many organizations face the risk of reaching aggregated flood limits. And it often takes up to a year or more to accurately assess the financial impact.
This Weekly Market Update reviews the top 3 market headlines: Hurricane Harvey Roils Energy Markets, Q2 U.S. GDP Revised Upward, U.S. Manufacturing Expands
Risk Management Safety Insight: Prepare for Electronic Submission of Injury and Illness Records to OSHA
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now requires many workplaces to electronically submit their injury and illness data on an annual basis. The first submission deadline is December 1, 2017. This first submission should be based upon workplace injury and illness data collected in 2016.
Learn the rules that apply to you and that will also address this increasing drug problem. Learn about appropriate test methods and the key benefits of oral fluid testing that will help you manage your program.
Our analyst team offer a range of detailed and bespoke reports according to specific requirements. These harness NYA’s extensive regional consultant network to provide a timely and accurate assessment of the security risks affecting people and business operations.
The ongoing devastation from Hurricane Harvey, flooding in Houston, and ongoing rain in Texas and Louisiana are indicative how merciless and unpredictable Mother Nature can be. Climate scientists have warned higher sea levels and water temperatures in coming years, which are predicted to lead to more hurricanes and coastal flooding in the future. For employers, who are obligated to keep their employees safe during working hours, disaster preparedness is critical.
Floods are one of the most common and widespread of all disasters, and continue to grow in frequency and severity. Even if your business is above sea-level, it is important to remember that where it rains, it can flood. Businesses are more likely to flood than burn down, so it is essential to prepare now so you are ready if your business is flooded. View our Flood Preparation Checklist to help keep your business operations active even if the worst happens.
Hurricanes and tropical storms can lead to loss of life and devastation to property. Flash flooding from rainfall, storm surges and high winds are the major hazards that result from tropical cyclones. The consequences of this weather ranges from toppled trees to damage to buildings and equipment to bodily injury and even death of people in the storm’s path. This checklist provides a good start towards preparing and better protecting your business and your employees.