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SAVE MONEY with a Certified Written Safety Program

I know, how can it be December already?  Every day you get wrapped up in the immediate demands of your business operation, and before you know it, we are in the last calendar month of 2019.  If you are looking for a worthwhile initiative that can be fully implemented before the new year, consider adopting a written Workplace Safety Program that can result in a 2% workers' compensation insurance premium credit.   Create a safer workplace for your employees AND save your company money?  This is as close to a mic drop as we get in the wonky world of HR and risk management: link to full blog
2 out of 3 Employers Plan Holiday Bonuses

About 2 in 3 companies anticipate giving workers a year-end bonus or perk, according to new data from Challenger, Gray & Christmas.   The Chicago-based recruiting firm polled 250 human resources executives online from Nov. 10 through Dec. 1.  Over 30% of employers plan a gift of $100 or less, or a non-monetary gift. Read more
New W-4 Form for 2020:

Update your New Hire package with this 2020 W-4.  You many also advise employees to consider completing a new Form W-4 each year and when their personal or financial situations changeClick to download new W-4.
Fired for Seizure, EEOC sues Construction Company and Wins!

Gollnick Construction, Inc., which does business as Colorado Excavating, will pay $42,500 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination suit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The company fired office assistant Dora Marquez just four days after she suffered a seizure at work. Before firing Marquez, Colorado Excavating failed to engage in the required interactive process to discuss potential accommodations. The company also failed to maintain medical documents separate from the personnel files.  Read the EEOC press release  Employer responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Keeping Office Productivity & Engagement High During the Holidays

It's hard not to get caught up in the spirit of the holiday season, for better or for worse. With company parties, end-of-the-year tasks and personal commitments, this time can become an all-encompassing behemoth of festivity. It filters into nearly every aspect of our daily lives, including our workplaces.  30% of workers have trouble balancing work and holiday obligations. Read 5 tips for handling this challenge.
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