2015 OSHA reporting and recordkeeping changes

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (also referred to as the OSH Act) was signed into law to help reduce workplace injuries and illnesses. The OSH Act established that employers have the responsibility to provide a safe workplace, and also created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, a division of the United States Department of Labor, has the power to set and enforce workplace protective safety…

Hand the keys to a safe driver

Businesses are expected to put safe drivers behind the wheel. Most business owners are aware of this expectation and strive to meet it. This article provides tips and best practices for fleet safety, which always starts with the driver. Have a formalized hiring process Best practices for fleet safety start with doing the homework up front. Institute a formal, written hiring process in order to screen out unsafe drivers before…

Illinois Employee Classification Act – Part I

Background on the Illinois Employee Classification Act The Illinois Employee Classification Act (ECA) went into effect on January 1st, 2008. This legislation is aimed at the construction industry, but also affects construction-related trucking. The ECA addresses situations where a construction company improperly classifies a person as an “independent contractor” or a “subcontractor” instead of classifying them as an employee in order to avoid paying payroll taxes, unemployment insurance contributions, workers…

Firefighters, second jobs and workers compensation

Workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees who are injured on the job, including coverage for lost wages if the injury causes the employee to miss work. In some industries, such as the fire service, employees commonly have more than one job. Volunteer firefighters may have jobs outside of the Fire Department, and full-time firefighters may also be employed elsewhere. Many firefighters and paramedics work at more than one Fire Department.…