Archive | February, 2013

New Resource for California Employers – WCIRB.com Website Launched

23 Feb

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau has launched a completely redesigned website to provide more in-depth information relevant to employers, insurers and agents, and anyone interested in learning more about the WCIRB and California’s workers’ compensation system. The website has a new online address: http://www.wcirb.com

What’s Available- Visitors to the website will find information and resources specifically tailored to their needs.

• Publications and Filings
Locate and access California manuals and plans, WCIRB Bulletins, regulatory filings and more.
• Research and Analysis
Search for and find current data, reports and analyses about the workers’ compensation system.
• Learning Center
Access online educational tools on a variety of topics including the standard classification system, payroll auditing, experience rating and more.
• About
Learn about the WCIRB Click: http://vimeo.com/60274101 for a video tour.

If you would like to learn about your own company’s experience modification or how to control it, please contact Don Dressler Consulting by our email: DonDressler1@hotmail.com or view our website at http://www.DonDressler.com

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Get Your I-9 Records in Shape -Audits and Enforcement Will Continue As Congress Debates Immigration Reform

9 Feb

If you thought you could relax your effort to maintain complete and accurate I-9 employee records because Congress will possibly pass immigration reform, think again. Are you aware that the U.S. Government spends more money on immigration enforcement than all other law enforcement combined?
A recent nonpartisan report from the Migration Policy Institute notes that the federal government spent $18 billion on immigration-related enforcement programs, an amount far greater than the combined budgets of the FBI, ATF, DEA and Secret Service (in fact, nearly $4 billion more). According to the report, “judging by resource levels, case volumes, and enforcement actions . . . immigration enforcement can thus be seen to rank as the federal government’s highest criminal law enforcement priority.”
In addition, resources spent by other agencies involved in immigration-related enforcement are not included in the $18 billion figure (for example, U.S. Customs & Immigration Service, Dept. of Labor, and Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel, not to mention state resources directed to immigration-related enforcement). There is no question that there has been a significant increase in immigration enforcement in recent years. Between 2005 and 2012, ICE’s funding alone increased from $3 billion to nearly $6 billion. There is also no question that the level of immigration enforcement seen in recent years will only continue. Employers should continue using the Form I-9 currently available on the forms section of http://www.uscis.gov. This form should continue to be used even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2012 has passed. USCIS will provide updated information about the new version of the Form I-9 as it becomes available.
Employers must complete Form I-9 for all newly-hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States.
Civil fines for form I-9 violations can range from $110 to $16,000 per violation, with repeat offenders receiving higher penalties.
You can keep up to date with I-9 requirements at Customs & Immigration Service’s I-9 Central
http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=84c267ee5cb38210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=84c267ee5cb38210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

Department of Homeland Security and ICE have stated they plan to continue if not increase aggressive enforcement against employers.

If an Employee Has a Heart Attack-Are You Prepared? And it is Reportable to OSHA Immediately ALSO!

5 Feb

 Thousands of people each year will suffer a   heart attack. Many of these people will have these attacks at the workplace.   By knowing what to do can save that person’s life.

 

February is Heart   Disease Awareness Month, so take the opportunity to give your workers   first-aid training for heart attacks so they don’t panic if they encounter a coworker in trouble. Begin by making them aware of the signs that someone is   having a heart attack.

      

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
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  • Anxiety;
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  • Crushing pain in the chest;
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  • Pain radiating down the left arm, or in the jaw;
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  • Ashen color to skin; and
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  • Perspiration, nausea, or     vomiting.

During a heart   attack, act immediately. Many people wait too long because they don’t recognize the important signs and symptoms.

What to do if you see someone having a heart attack

  •   If you encounter someone who is suffering or unconscious from a presumed heart   attack, call for emergency medical help.
  •   If they are unconscious and you have received training in   emergency procedures, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This helps deliver oxygen to the body and brain.
  •   According to guidelines by the American Heart Association, regardless of whether you’ve been trained, you should begin CPR with chest compressions. Press down about two inches (about five centimeters)   on the person’s chest for each compression at a rate of about 100 a minute.   If you’ve been trained in CPR, check the person’s airway and deliver rescue   breaths after every 30 compressions. If you haven’t been trained, continue   doing compressions only.
  •   In the initial minutes, a heart attack can also trigger ventricular   fibrillation, a condition in which the heart quivers uselessly. Without immediate treatment, ventricular fibrillation leads to sudden death. The timely use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED), which shocks the   heart back into a normal rhythm, can provide emergency treatment before a person having a heart attack reaches the hospital.

If an employee is transported to a hospital or emergency room by first responders, then you MUST Call CAL/OSHA and report an apparent serious injury or illness (reports are required within 8 hours – but do it now!) 

Cal/OSHA has ruled that a heart attack at work constitutes an accident because it is “an event or condition occurring by chance or arising from unknown or remote causes.”  Know that the emergency ambulance or fire crew that transported your employee will report to Cal/OSHA and if you fail to file a report within 8 hours, you will be fined $5,000!  As I reported in an blog a few weeks ago, a list of offices is available at: http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/DistrictOffices.htm