Spiking Materials Costs Imperil Apartment, Commercial Projects

Posted on: May 18th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Construction firms are reeling from snowballing costs of building materials due to spiking demand and supply chain snarls that are resulting in massive budget cost overruns. This is especially affecting construction businesses that are managing apartment or commercial projects. These cost overruns are imperiling profits — and risking red ink — on the projects after […]

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Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers Against Heat Illness

Posted on: May 12th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

As we get closer to another scorching California summer, Cal/OSHA is reminding employers with outdoor workers to take precautions to protect them against the heat. California employers need to be especially mindful as Cal/OSHA has workplace safety regulations governing the prevention of heat illness and the agency actively enforces its heat illness prevention standard. Employers […]

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Cal/OSHA’s New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Loosens Some Requirements

Posted on: May 6th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Cal/OSHA has issued new language that amends its current COVID-19 emergency temporary standard and pushes back the expiration date of the ETS until the end of the year. The extension of the ETS comes as Cal/OSHA pushes ahead on creating a permanent airborne infectious disease prevention standard for general industry, which is expected to be […]

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Bureau Recommends 7.6% Workers’ Comp Rate Hike

Posted on: April 26th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

California’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau is recommending that benchmark workers’ compensation rates for all class codes in the state increase an average of 7.6%. The proposal comes as the economy heats up and, typically during times of growth, workplace injuries also increase. The recommendation, if approved by the state insurance commissioner, would affect all […]

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Return to Work Not Just for Workers’ Compensation Claimants

Posted on: April 19th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

More employers are using return-to-work programs for injured workers even if they were not injured on the job, according to a study by Prudential Insurance Co. of America. Many employers have a return-to-work program for their injured employees because it cuts down on workers’ comp claims costs and lets the worker get back to feeling […]

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Funds Transfer Fraud Increasingly Affects Small Firms

Posted on: April 12th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

While ransomware is making the headlines as the major cyber threat for businesses, small and mid-sized organizations are increasingly being targeted by lower fraud that dupes them into wiring criminals funds, according to a new report. These funds transfer fraud crimes involve hackers gaining access to a company’s mailbox and extracting payments that go into […]

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CalSavers Registration for Small Employers Deadline Nears

Posted on: March 22nd, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The deadline is fast approaching for employers with 5 or more workers in California, and who do not already offer their employees a retirement plan, to register their staff for the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program. Only California employers that do not offer retirement plans are required to register for CalSavers and there are different registration […]

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Transitioned to Remote Work? Don’t Fall Afoul of Wage and Hour Laws

Posted on: March 15th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

With many companies having decided to allow staff to work remotely permanently or split time between working at home and in the office, employers have to be especially careful about timekeeping and complying with wage and hour laws. That includes requiring staff to show they take meal and rest breaks and are compensated for overtime […]

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How Tracking Near Misses, Employee Concerns Reduces Injuries

Posted on: March 8th, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The latest trend in workplace safety best practices is tracking “leading indicators” ― or measuring performance based on the lessons learned from past events ― to reduce the chances of future injuries. Safety professionals are increasingly keeping track of near misses, hours spent on training and facility housekeeping and measuring the impact on the organization’s […]

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Private Attorneys General Act Has Employers on the Defensive

Posted on: March 2nd, 2022 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The way courts have interpreted a California law — the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA), which has been on the books for 18 years — has led to an explosion of lawsuits against employers during the last few years. The law has generated more than 20,000 lawsuits against employers since 2017 at an average cost […]

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