OSHA Issues New Workplace Safety Rules

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published new rules on discrimination, injury and illness reporting that will impact many businesses across the country. Big “I” agencies should review the rules and share them with their business clients. The new rules prohibit employers from discriminating or retaliating against employees for reporting a work-related injury…

The Fraudster In The Office Next Door

KPMG, a global tax and financial auditing firm, recently released a study that examines the characteristics of workplace participants who commit fraud. The study, which evaluated 750 cases of fraud, found that 44 percent of cases involved a fraudster who had “unlimited authority” in their organization. In fact, 34 percent of the fraudsters were executives…

Is Your Computer Part Of A Botnet? How Can You Tell?

Researchers at a security software firm have discovered a spam campaign that targets Skype users and infects computer systems with a malware trojan. The campaign is currently affecting users in India, Japan and the Philippines, but is expected to quickly extend to other countries. The attack sends a message to Skype users that incorporates Japanese…

New Overtime Rules Are Here: Their Impact And What Employers Need To Consider

For over a year, employers have been told “a change was coming,” and now it is here with the Department of Labor’s new rule for overtime for white-collar workers (the administrative, executive, and professional exemptions). The rule becomes effective on December 1, 2016. https://www.dol.gov/WHD/overtime/final2016/overtime-factsheet.htm Here’s the deal: If, on December 1, you have an exempt…

Hacking the Human: Social Engineering

Virtually every business relies on a network to conduct its daily operations. This often involves the collection, storage, transfer and eventual disposal of sensitive data. Securing that data continues to be a challenge for organizations of all sizes and across multiple business sectors. Social Security numbers, W-2 forms, payment cards and intellectual property have significant…

EEOC Publishes Its Position On Employees With Disabilities, Return-to-Work And Leave

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there has been a “troubling trend” in employment discrimination with regard to how employees with disabilities are treated in the workplace. Charges of disability discrimination are on the rise, and the EEOC believes that organizational policies on disability leave are a key factor in that increase. In…

Cyber Liabilities Loom for Small Businesses

Each year new technologies, and improvements on old ones, come along to make our jobs easier and enhance productivity. Today it is easier than ever to store and retrieve personal financial information, but protecting that information poses increasing challenges. Security in cyber space is something everyone needs to be concerned about. “Statistically speaking, just about…

Common Cyber Insurance Objections

With the rise of cyber attacks, Cyber Insurance is become more and more of a necessity in a business’ risk management strategy. Here are some of the common objections we hear when talking to clients about this invaluable coverage and our responses. OBJECTION “I am not a target for hackers.” RESPONSE – Many data breaches…