Please review this important safety accountability letter. The letter outlines the importance of workplace safety as a component of group rating and group retrospective rating. It also covers the expectations of the employer, sponsor organization, Spooner, and the BWC in collaborating to make sure that safety needs are met. Please contact Rick Artino at Spooner if you have any questions about the accountability letter or for anything and everything safety related!
This post originally appeared on SuretyHR.com Like most things related to Human Resources, being proactive is always the best policy. Employers know that the U.S Department of Labor (DOL) can perform an audit at any time. Sometimes these audits are triggered by an employee complaint, but they can also occur in targeted low-wage industries such as agriculture, restaurants, garment manufacturing, guard services, day-care centers and hospitality to screen wage and hour violations. It is crucial for employers to understand the audit process so they can be prepared to handle the situation if it occurs. Below is a basic guide to help employers know what to expect in the event they are audited. Will I Have Advance Notice of an Audit? The DOL does not provide advance notice of an audit. If the DOL shows up to do one, employers may ask for time to gather their records. The amount of time granted to do so is at the discretion of the auditor. Can I Find out Why the Business Being Audited? Employers
On May 11th, OSHA published a new rule on Injury Tracking and Data Submission, which will require the majority of workplaces to start submitting their injury / illness data to OSHA on an annual basis. This site-specific data will then be published on the OSHA website by location. The following excerpt from the recent press release by OSHA explains the government thought process that went into creating this new rule. Since high injury rates are a sign of poor management, no employer wants to be seen publicly as operating a dangerous workplace, said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. Our new reporting requirements will nudge employers to prevent worker injuries and illnesses to demonstrate to investors, job seekers, customers and the public that they operate safe and well-managed facilities. Access to injury data will also help OSHA better target our compliance assistance and enforcement resources at establishments where workers are at greatest
The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) allows a biennial open enrollment period for Managed Care Organizations (MCO). This year open enrollment falls between May 2 and May 27. Open enrollment is very short and companies have many factors to consider. The decision employers make now to stay with their current MCO or change to a new MCO will impact them for the next two years. Companies must recognize that when theyre making this decision, to stay with their current MCO or change to a new MCO, its crucial to choose wisely, says Joe Spooner, vice president at Spooner Medical Administrators, Inc. Smart Business spoke with Spooner about open enrollment and the factors to consider when choosing an MCO. Employers cannot interview prospective MCOs before the open enrollment period, so its advisable to do research beforehand. Then, when employers are free to interview MCOs, they can ask carefully considered questions because there is limited time. A hasty choice or choosing not to look