Human Resources Articles

July 14, 2015

Employee Use of District Equipment a Risky Proposition

Every district uses equipment which employees need to do their job, and this equipment is generally provided by the district. While a reasonable amount of personal use of district-owned equipment like computers or photocopiers is realistic, there are many types of equipment that pose serious problems if used outside the scope of an employee’s job responsibilities because they significantly increase the likelihood of a loss.

July 13, 2015

Making Your Jobsite Safer for Visitors

During a normal construction or renovation project, there may be any number of tradespeople on the jobsite on any particular day. Those workers have received the safety training the owner expects, and it’s reasonable to assume that they’ll adhere to the rules and standards that have been established. But what about the other people who may have a reason to be on the site?

April 13, 2015

Workers’ Compensation Being Stretched Thin by Obesity Epidemic

Over the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. The economic consequences are severe. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 (the most recent year that data is available from the CDC). On an individual level, medical costs for obese people were $1,429 higher on average than those of normal weight.

April 13, 2015

Making Onsite Training More Effective

contributed by Safety Management Group For most of today’s workplaces, training is an ongoing activity that is increasingly important. Whether training focuses on sharing safe work practices, learning about new processes, or simply getting a refresher for familiar skills or tasks, employers place a high value on these activities.

January 1, 2015

Covering Your Next Generation: Unpaid Interns and Workers’ Compensation

Providing internship opportunities is a great way to find capable and skilled young workers who can add value to your organization. It is also an opportunity for you to help tomorrow’s industry professionals gain experience, develop skills, forge connections, strengthen their resumes, and assess their interests and professional abilities.

October 1, 2013

Federal Restrictions on Random Testing

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires some federal contractors and all federal grantees to provide drug-free workplaces as a condition of getting grants or contracts from a federal agency. Most states also require this as a condition of receiving state grants or contracts, which are often fully or partially funded with federal funds. This act doesn’t apply to any local government which does not intend to apply or already have federal funds.

December 13, 2012

Seven Steps of a Thorough Accident Investigation

Contributed by Safety Management Group There’s a tremendous difference between investigating a workplace incident and finding someone to blame for it. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for companies to confuse the two concepts. When something goes wrong, they work hard to identify they believe to be at fault, and that’s where the investigation stops.

May 4, 2010

Managing Intermittent FMLA Leave

Given the changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave rules, the management of intermittent leave is somewhat more restricted than it was previously.

January 5, 2007

Show No Disparity When Dealing With An Aging Workforce

When employers think diversity, most think in terms of sociological factors such as race or religion. But there’s another type of diversity that’s just as relevant in today’s workforce: age diversity. As Baby Boomers continue to work well past normal retirement age, the phenomenon of having older employees will become even more widespread.

January 2, 2006

Drugs in the Workplace

Substance abuse can create a wide array of common workplace problems such as tardiness, absenteeism, theft, impaired judgment, lost productivity, turnover, difficulty interacting with co-workers, injury to self or others, and performance issues.