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The federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, also called OSHA, requires employers to maintain a workplace that is free of hazards that they know about or should know about, and that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical injury. As an employer, you should learn about your obligations under OSHA and respect workers' rights to enforce the law. Otherwise, you leave yourself vulnerable to fines, penalties, or worse.
Most employers know that the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) requires covered employers to provide a safe workplace for employees. But OSHA also imposes recordkeeping, reporting, posting, and inspection requirements. Employers must pay attention to these paperwork and compliance requirements or risk fines and penalties.
Under the workers' compensation system, employers are required to purchase insurance that provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. The system strikes a compromise between employers and employees.
The number of workers suffering from a repetitive stress injury or disorder (RSD) is on the rise -- mostly because of the increased use of computers in the workplace. RSDs (also called cumulative trauma disorders) now account for about 60% of all job-related injuries, and one in eight American workers
Whether you're developing a comprehensive program to promote health and wellness in your workplace or simply want to make your workplace part of the solution, not the problem, here are some methods that won't cost your business a thing.
Employees are a critical resource for any business, small or large. An energized, enthusiastic workforce helps with innovation, productivity, and ultimately profitability. Unfortunately, as many businesses have found, poor employee health can drag a company down by leading to increases in health insurance benefits costs and decreases in productivity. We'll take a separate look at some of the facts and figures concerning each of these.
Given that you're already busy running your business, running a workplace wellness program on top of it may sound like more trouble than it's worth. It's true that you can't wave a magic wand and make all your employees healthy, nor can you force them to change their behavior overnight. Positive health changes take time and effort. But for the employer, it can be time and effort well spent.
Employees who abuse alcohol and drugs (including illegal drugs, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter drugs) -- either on their own time or at work -- can pose significant and wide-ranging problems for their employers, managers, and coworkers.
The health care reform law -- officially called the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 -- was signed by the President in March 2010. As widely reported, the law makes substantial changes to the health insurance system in this country. Because many people currently receive their health