December 16, 2017

Out Front Ideas: Understanding the ADAAA Interactive Process

St. Louis, MO – Out Front Ideas with Kimberly and Mark has announced its next complimentary webinar on the “interactive process” method, which is the foundation of ADAAA compliance, encouraging the employer and employee work together to determine whether a reasonable accommodation can be made to allow an employee to return to work with restrictions. Because the interactive process relies primarily on open dialogue and teamwork between employer and employee, there is significant…[Continue Reading]

SAIF Honors Safe TV Workplaces with First Annual “Safetys”

Salem, OR – With award season heating up, many are focusing on the tremendous achievements in television this year. But, while the acting, writing, and directing all set the gold standard, there’s one thing SAIF employees can’t help but notice. “At SAIF we love safety and risk management–in fact, we see hazards everywhere we go,” said Ben McCormack, senior safety management consultant at SAIF. “Even when we’re watching our favorite TV shows, we can’t help but notice a few areas…[Continue Reading]

Willis Towers Watson: Commercial Insurance Prices Remain Nearly Flat in Q2 2017

Artlington, VA – Commercial insurance prices in the U.S. were again nearly flat during the second quarter of 2017, according to leading global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson’s (NASDAQ: WLTW) Commercial Lines Insurance Pricing Survey (CLIPS). The survey compared prices charged on policies written during the second quarter of 2017 with those charged for the same coverage during the equivalent quarter in 2016. Price changes reported by carriers averaged…[Continue Reading]

SAIF: Safety Pays Again and Again with Two Dividends for Customers

Salem, OR – Over the past 27 years, Oregon workplaces have driven down workers’ compensation claims frequency by more than 70 percent through their powerful focus on workplace safety–which, in turn, has reduced workers’ compensation rates by 71 percent. After all, the least expensive injury is the one that never happens. To recognize how Oregon workplaces are leading the way on safety the SAIF board of directors recently declared two dividends for customers: a $120 million…[Continue Reading]

OR DCBS: Workers’ Compensation Costs to Drop for Fifth-Straight Year

Salem, OR -The Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) recently announced that Oregon employers will see a key portion of their workers’ compensation costs drop by an average of 14 percent in 2018. This marks the fifth year in a row that businesses will experience an average decrease in the “pure premium.” Altogether, the rate has declined by an average of 33 percent since 2013. Next year’s average decrease in pure premium – the portion of the premium employers pay…[Continue Reading]

EMPLOYERS Survey Finds Workplace Safety Can Give Small Biz Owners a Recruiting Edge

Reno, NV – With the U.S. unemployment rate hovering at 4.4 percent, small businesses looking to grow may have a harder time finding talent to fill open positions. Many factors motivate job seekers, but a new survey of small business employees by EMPLOYERS® (NYSE:EIG), found that small business owners may be underselling an important factor that could give them an edge when recruiting new talent. The survey found that, surprisingly, the safety of the work environment was among the top…[Continue Reading]

One Call Launches Post-Offer Employment Testing Program

Jacksonville, FL – One Call Care Management (One Call) recently announced the launch of One Call’s Post-Offer Employment Testing (POET) Program, a preventative service which helps employers accomplish their goals of hiring candidates who are physically capable of performing essential job functions to aid in reducing the risk of overall injuries. A single bad hire can cost $25,000 to $50,000 or more, according to the Harvard Business Review. “Ensuring the right person is matched…[Continue Reading]

WA L&I Offering Grants to Help Workplace Safety & Health Innovations Come to Life

Tumwater, WA – Every year, hundreds of people are hurt or killed on the job in Washington. The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is always looking for ways to make workplaces safer and lower that number. One of those ways is to provide grants for projects and ideas to improve workplace safety and health. A new round of safety and health grants is now available through L&I ‘s Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program. Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2017. The agency…[Continue Reading]

ACOEM: CDC Program Helps Smaller Companies Invest in Employee Health

Washington, DC – Small- to mid-size employers participating in a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) program increased their investment in evidence-based interventions to improve worker health, according to a study in the July Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Laurie Cluff, PhD, of RTI International and colleagues report an evaluation of the CDC’s National Healthy Worksite Program (NHWP). One hundred small (less than 100 employees) and mid-size…[Continue Reading]

BETA Healthcare Group Maintains “A (Excellent)” Rating from A.M. Best

Alamo, CA -(BusinessWire)- BETA Healthcare Group (BETA), the largest professional liability insurer of hospitals on the West Coast, has maintained its “A (Excellent)” rating from A.M. Best, the oldest and most widely recognized provider of ratings for the insurance industry. The ratings are based upon the consolidation of BETA Healthcare Group Risk Management Authority and its affiliate, Health Providers Insurance Reciprocal, A Risk Retention Group, and the merger with ALPHA Fund in January 2017…[Continue Reading]

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