Safety Tips: Hierarchy of Controls to Protect Workers

2020-07-27T15:03:26-04:00July 27th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Workers Compensation|

Controlling exposures to occupational hazards is the fundamental method of protecting workers. The pyramid below highlights a Hierarchy of Controls, which shows the most effective to least effective control methods in reducing workplace injuries. Elimination and Substitution Elimination and [...]

Update: Massachusetts Right to Repair Law

2020-07-27T10:29:25-04:00July 27th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

Voters in Massachusetts will have the opportunity to decide in November whether independent auto service facilities should have access to telematically transmitted vehicle diagnostic and repair data. The Massachusetts Right to Repair Committee recently turned in 24,000 signatures, well [...]

DOL Publishes More Q&A’s on Employment Laws and COVID-19

2020-07-22T08:29:38-04:00July 22nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits, Employee Benefits Legislation|

Additional Guidance Applies FLSA, FMLA and FFCRA to COVID-19 Workplace Situations On July 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the agency's publication of additional questions and answers about the operation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act [...]

N.H. Bill Would Impose New Insurer Requirements in Wake of COVID-19

2020-07-20T08:18:44-04:00July 20th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Employee Benefits Legislation, Legislative News, New Hampshire News|

The New Hampshire House of Representatives has passed H.B. 1166. If voted into law, this legislation would require the state to provide free personal protective equipment to small employers, eliminate cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and extend paid [...]

The Employee Retention Credit and How it Can Help Your Business

2020-07-15T12:23:33-04:00July 15th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Legislative News, SBA Stimulus Programs|

Organizations that have been impacted financially by COVID-19 may be able to take advantage of a refundable tax credit called the Employee Retention Credit. The credit is designed to encourage organizations to keep employees on their payroll and is [...]

The ER vs. Urgent Care: Know Where To Go For Care Before You Need It

2020-07-02T09:38:57-04:00July 2nd, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Wellness|

During the pandemic many people are hesitant to visit hospitals for needs that they may have. It has been recommended that people stop by urgent cares in their specific areas to be treated for those needs, rather than going [...]

Health and Safety: COVID-19 Has Meant Less Sleep for Americans, and Higher Risk of Injury

2020-06-17T15:19:20-04:00June 17th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips, Wellness|

Sleep may not seem like an important factor in our health, but it is. Sleep habits and overall fatigue/restfulness can affect everything from a person’s mood, health and likelihood of getting in a car accident or workplace accident. It [...]

Massachusetts Right to Repair Law Heads to Ballot

2020-06-17T10:46:53-04:00June 17th, 2020|Automotive Industry News, General Industry News, Legislative News, Massachusetts News|

The Massachusetts Right to Repair Coalition has collected more than 26,000 additional signatures to ensure it's initiative of a new Car Repair Choice law reaches the November ballot, according to a press release. According to the release, the 26,000 [...]

OSHA Outlines New Face Mask and Respirator Guidelines

2020-06-11T08:47:10-04:00June 11th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Safety Tips|

As we know much of the country is requiring face coverings at the workplace and for customers, the U.S. Department of Labor has answered some frequently asked questions about face coverings, surgical masks and respirators in the workplace. The [...]

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act of 2020: What You Need To Know

2020-06-10T11:09:29-04:00June 10th, 2020|COVID-19 Updates, Paycheck Protection Program, SBA Stimulus Programs|

The Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (PPPFA) was signed into law on June 5, 2020. This comes just in the nick of time as the original covered period under which the PPP loans could be used and forgiven was [...]

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