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The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 400 traffic fatalities will occur over the holiday weekend and another 38,800 medically consulted injuries will be sustained from motor vehicle collisions. For the past six years, the Labor Day weekend has averaged 14.6 percent more traffic fatalities than similar non-holiday periods. NSC also estimates 142 people may survive the holiday weekend because they will have worn safety belts, while another 102 lives would have been saved if all had worn safety belts. NSC encourages organizations and individuals to use NHTSA planning materials, including posters and television ads, to educate employees and their local communities about driving safely this Labor Day weekend. The Council also suggests… Read more

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As we round the corner and closer to the last quarter of the year, HR managers and directors should heed these 4 words of advice: “Get informed, get educated.” There are several Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) highlights that HR managers should know now… Read more

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Every year, thousands of workers become sick from exposure to heat. Any company that employs a significant number of outdoor workers needs to take the time to review its policies regarding the protection of those workers from the elements. With OSHA’s New Heat Safety App, employers can have vital safety information available whenever and wherever they need it — right on their mobile phone. The App allows workers and supervisors to calculate the heat index for their worksite, and, based on the heat index, displays a risk level to outdoor workers. Then, with a simple click, employers can receive reminders about the protective measures that should be taken—such as drinking enough fluids, scheduling rest breaks, planning for and knowing what to do in an emergency, adjusting work operations, gradually building up the workload for new workers, training on heat illness signs and symptoms, and monitoring each other for signs and symptoms of heat-related illness…. Read more

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On Aug. 13, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the most recent version of Form I-9 remains valid notwithstanding the OMB expiration date of Aug. 31, 2012 (located in the upper right hand corner on the form). Until further notice, the current form, which was last revised on Aug. 7, 2009 (located in the lower left hand corner), should continue to be used for new employees. USCIS published a proposed new form in March, and requested comments, but has not published the revisions in final form. The Form I-9 must be prepared by new employees not later than the first day of employment, and supporting documents must be reviewed by the employer and section 2 of Form I-9 must be completed within three business days of the first day of employment. Employees are required to present proof of identity and proof of employment eligibility with the completion of Form I-9.

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Every home will have a market value and replacement cost estimate; however, each value is totally independent and applied to difference uses…. Read more

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