Coronavirus COVID-19: Small Business Administration Loans

Information below is courtesy of the Small Business Administration.  For more detailed information visit the  SBA website.  Small business owners in all U.S. states and territories are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Click here to apply. Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans at: SBA.gov/Disaster. The SBA willContinue Reading

Top 10 Most Frequent OSHA Citations

“Top 10” lists on late-night TV shows can be fun.  But with OSHA penalties as high as $13,260 per violation and up to $132,598 per violation for willful or repeated violations, this is a “Top 10” you want to avoid. Here we go… OSHA Ten Most Frequent Citations from 2018 10.  1,536 violations:   Personal ProtectiveContinue Reading

Hiring: Making the Right Choice

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies, and numerous state and federal laws prohibiting hiring discrimination can make the interview process seem like an obstacle course.   However, knowing the law and following it can lead you down a clear path of finding the best employee for your open position. Hiring decisions are among the most important decisionsContinue Reading

Expertise Where It Counts

Expertise is defined by Webster’s as “a high level of knowledge or skill”.  Many businesses simply can’t afford to hire experts on staff.  For this reason, it has become commonplace for companies to contract with outside accountants and attorneys.  Ever-changing laws and regulations make having an accountant and attorney a must for any business. WhatContinue Reading

Harassment: It Could Cost You.

$168 million!  The largest sexual harassment lawsuit on record is a judgment against Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, California.  We read about cases like that and think, “That’s California!  It won’t happen to me and my business.” A little closer to home… How would a ruling of $6.2 million against your company impact your business? Continue Reading

Heat Stress – There’s an App for That!

During hot summer months Workers’ Compensation claims spike with heat-related injuries, accidents, and deaths.  In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reports heat-related deaths outnumber flood-, tornado-, and cold-related deaths on average for the past 30 years. The NOAA and Center for Disease Control (CDC), along with other domestic and international partners haveContinue Reading

Start-Up Strong: PEOs Help Keep You Focused

Whether it’s a new start-up company, the start-up of a division or department, or the ramp up for a specific project, it takes a large commitment from management and operations. Enlisting the help of a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) can be the key to success. With the changing business climate, a large company made theContinue Reading

Safety Update: New OSHA Final Rule

OSHA’s new final rule brings safety standards up to date after more than 40 years.  The final rule reduces U.S. workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica, and requires engineering controls such as water or ventilation, or respirators when engineering controls are not adequate.  This is an effort to curb diseases such as lung cancer, kidneyContinue Reading

Workplace Safety: Avoid Spider Bites

As the weather warms, workplace safety is top priority as many jobs gear up for outdoor activity—perhaps spring cleaning of a work site or storage building.  Care should be taken as warm weather is also a time for spiders to be active. In the South and Midwest, brown recluse and black widow spiders are theContinue Reading

Job Site Safety: Drink Up to Combat Dehydration

Job site safety isn’t all about power cords and ladders.  The heat can take its toll. Now is the time to prepare for Spring and Summer weather.  Believe it or not, something as simple as sharing a drink—of water, that is—may mean the difference between productivity and injury.  Dehydration taxes mental and physical health. Some ofContinue Reading

Workers’ Compensation: Making Sense of It All

Many people are familiar with the term Workers’ Compensation but few can truly make sense of it all.  Workers’ Compensation is a state-regulated insurance program that pays medical bills and replaces certain lost wages for employees who are injured on the job.  Texas stands alone in allowing employers to forego Workers’ Compensation Insurance, resulting in more thanContinue Reading

What Don’t You Do?

A recent survey by Public Opinion Strategies found that small businesses across a wide range of industries and sectors, depend on a variety of business services.  Of the small business owners surveyed, more than 65% of the companies utilize payroll and insurance broker services.   More than 35% of respondents indicated the company uses human resourceContinue Reading

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