New Changes to X-Mods, Classification Rules for Multiple Location Employers

Posted on: May 12th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has approved a regulatory filing that will change the premium threshold for employers to qualify for an experience modifier (X-Mod). The approval was part of a larger regulatory filing the Workers’ Compensation Rating Bureau made to also change expected claims costs, eliminate a few class codes and make new rules […]

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Five Tips for Employing Teen Workers

Posted on: May 5th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

As summer nears many companies are ramping up hiring of teen workers, and many companies are taking them on as they deal with the labor shortage as the country emerges from the pandemic. Others employ them year round. Taking on a teen worker comes with added responsibility in terms of compliance with state and federal […]

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Second CalSavers Registration Deadline Fast Approaching

Posted on: April 21st, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

The deadline is fast approaching for employers with 50 or more staff in California, and who do not already offer their employees a retirement plan, to register for the CalSavers Retirement Savings Program. As of April 7, more than 10,000 employers had already registered for the program, which will allow employees to set aside a […]

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New Law Requires Paid Sick Leave for COVID-19-Related Issues

Posted on: April 7th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Governor Newsom signed legislation in March that requires California employers with more than 25 workers to provide them with up to 80 hours of COVID-19-related paid sick leave. The new law even requires employers to pay workers that took COVID-19-related sick leave prior to March for the time they took off. The law is retroactive to […]

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OSHA: Vaccinated Workers Should Still Wear Masks, Socially Distance

Posted on: March 10th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

OSHA recently updated its COVID-19 safety guidance to recommend that employees who have been vaccinated should continue wearing face masks, practice social distancing and comply with any other COVID-19 safety protocols while on the job. That means that the same workplace protocols that apply to unvaccinated employees will apply to those who have received their […]

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New Bill Would Bar Employers from ‘Discriminating’ Against Workers for Positive Marijuana Test

Posted on: March 3rd, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

New legislation would, if passed, bar employers in California from testing for cannabis use to deny or terminate employment. The measure, AB 1256, would bar employers from using hair or urine tests to check if their employees use marijuana, because such checks do not test actual impairment but rather that a person has used marijuana […]

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Business Compromise Scams Continue Climbing

Posted on: February 24th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

While companies scramble to protect themselves against cybercriminals and malicious attacks on their servers, there is a growing amount of business compromise crime that uses both technology and a human touch to extract funds from businesses. Businesses have lost millions of dollars to social engineering scams, where attackers impersonate a company president or executive who […]

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Supply Chain Disruption Lessons from Pandemic

Posted on: February 17th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

Besides the health and economic devastation that the COVID-19 pandemic has left in its wake, it has also caused supply chain disruptions that have affected a number of industries. The fallout for companies of all types illustrates the fragility of most businesses’ supply chains. The pandemic has left retailers with half-empty shelf space because product […]

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OSHA, Workers’ Comp Implications for Telecommuting

Posted on: February 3rd, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

As more Americans work from home than ever before, many employers are wondering about their obligations under OSHA as well as how to reduce the chances that workers may be injured while telecommuting. Obviously, the chances of an injury when working from home are small. The most common issue that is likely to arise long-term […]

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New Rules Clear Up Workers’ Comp, Medicare Conflicts

Posted on: January 26th, 2021 by Leaders' Choice Staff No Comments

A new law will make it easier for insurers to settle workers’ compensation claims with older workers who are enrolled in Medicare, in an attempt to resolve an issue that can sometimes drive up premiums for affected employers. The law adds transparency by letting workers’ comp insurers inquire about whether Medicare may have been used […]

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