Seyfarth Synopsis: New OSHA final rule requires employer to submit data electronically, to be posted on the OSHA website. On May 12, 2016 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration published the final rules requiring employers to submit injury and illness data electronically. 81 Fed. Reg. 29624. OSHA will release this information publicly on its website, believing that its disclosure will shame employers into improving workplace safety. The electronic data submission will also ease OSHA’s data analysis, presumably to ramp up citations against employers based on the frequency of certain types of injuries (such as OSHA’s renewed focus on “ergonomics” injuries) or injuries caused by exposures to certain chemicals or toxic materials. The final rule also includes new anti-retaliation and injury and illness reporting provisions. The final rule will take effect on January 1, 2017.
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This issue has updated information about several of the new CMS rules for reimbursements: long term care, inpatient, Medicaid managed care, and overpayment penalties. Of course, there are almost always articles about billing and data/cyber security – the last article has good information about secure text messaging.
Matt Frost highlights the payoff of a strategic approach to communicating benefits value to employees, and shares an “EASY” model for creating meaningful, accessible messaging that makes an impact.
Chuck Reynolds discusses the value of research in determining the efficiency of an employee value proposition, and the impact of key issues on the critical balance of employee rewards, benefits and performance.
Employers in the UK need to revisit the pension enrolment process on a cyclical three-year basis. Auto re-enrolment can be a convoluted process, but it can also provide employers with an opportunity to streamline their processes.
David Rowlee and Chris Dustin discuss the link between engagement and workplace culture, and the critical importance of identifying, measuring and adjusting the drivers of engagement to optimize employee and organizational outcomes.
Jim Durkin shares insights about the bottom-line importance of rethinking and reframing how to compete for key talent – with a renewed focus on engagement – in an environment of shifting demographics and diverse employee needs.
Directions newsletter is a monthly publication of the Benefits & HR Consulting operations of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. The May 2016 issue includes healthcare reform updates, a technical bulletin, webinar information and a variety of benefits and HR news.
Agnes Nines discusses the productivity potential of a comprehensive approach to absence management and how employers of any size can benefit.
Eurozone GDP finally returned to pre-crisis levels after posting 2.2% growth in the first quarter. The currency block’s output might have recovered, but significant headwinds remain.