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5 Major Benefits of Having a Return to Work Program

What is a Return to Work Program?

Return to work programs, true to their name, are a set of protocols and guidelines to help injured workers reintegrate into their employment position after they have taken time off due to injury or illness.

If you value your employees, you should know that the longer an injured worker is off work, the less likely they are to return. On average, if a worker is off for 12 or more weeks, there is only a 50% chance that they will return to the same job. If they’re off for more than 1 year, there is a less than 5% chance they return to the same job. Developing a coherent return to work program will help you keep your valued employees and ensure that they have a job after recovery. Here, we’ll go over two questions: “what are the benefits of a return to work program for an employer?” and “how does a return to work program benefit an injured worker?”

We’ll also give you some insights on how you can start creating your own program. (more…)

Showing Employee Appreciation

Why wait until Employee Appreciation Day or other scheduled days throughout the year to make those around us feel valued and appreciated? Individuals should be recognized for their exceptional work and be rewarded with gratitude whenever possible; it should never have to wait for a specific day or time. Even a small amount of appreciation can go a long way, especially for employees. (more…)

Employment Practices Liability Insurance – What Does it Cover?

As a business owner, you strive to be fair and nondiscriminatory in your employment practices. But even a simple misunderstanding could expose you to an employee-related claim or allegation such as sexual harassment, discrimination, abuse or wrongful termination. In today’s litigious business climate, these are damaging claims that can put you out of business. Is your business prepared for these situations with Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI) coverage? (more…)

Protecting Employees from Robbery and Assault

Each year, nearly two million American workers report that they have been victims of some form of workplace violence, including robbery and assault crimes. This is according to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). There are several factors that may increase the risk of violence for workers in a variety of occupations. These factors include: (more…)

Developing a Successful Onboarding Plan for New Employees

(From Interview, to First Day and Beyond)

Think you’ve found the right person to fill that open position? Now, make sure you have everything ready to bring them on board. Just like you, your new hire has expectations – and that includes cues that you have everything in order for their arrival. If you don’t, they will know and it could predetermine their success and longevity with your company. (more…)

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment is illegal, yet it seems to be a growing issue as we hear more and more about it in the news. Still, most sexual harassment situations – 71 percent in 2015 – are not reported. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a serious issue affecting employee morale and job performance as well as the health and safety of those involved. It can even lead to lawsuits. (more…)

Hiring the Right Employee

When you think about your future employees, or about your own goal as an employee, what are the first words that come to mind? Reliability is probably at the top of the list, along with honesty and a solid work ethic. But how can you make sure an open job position and a potential new employee are a good fit? Use these tips when you’re hiring new employees. (more…)

Improve Work Life Balance for Your Employees

Work life balance. This is a phrase that businesses highlight and employees desire. While work life balance is valued by many, what does it really look like?

Work life balance is achieved when career is balanced with lifestyle. As an employer, you may wonder…how can I provide a better work life balance for my employees? Here are some ideas: (more…)

How To Keep Your Best Waitstaff

People don’t go out to eat just to eat. Read that sentence again. And again. Of course they come to your restaurant for great food, but they are also looking for a great dining experience. Your customers come to celebrate, connect with friends, do business, escape. Whatever the reason, their overall experience can depend on their server. Your server. (more…)

Workers Compensation: Employee or Independent Contractor?

In the world of workers compensation, the subject of employee vs. self-employed independent contractor is complex. Employers are not required to provide workers compensation coverage for independent contractors. Likewise, employers are not responsible for payroll taxes and other legal obligations that are necessary for employees. However, there are consequences for misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor, so it’s important to understand the difference. (more…)