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Winter brings us many joys – holidays, fun in the snow, endless shoveling (well, maybe not the last one). But winter also brings some dangers. Obvious ones are ice-related car accidents and slips / falls. However, there is a hidden threat that is far more dangerous during cold-weather months, yet it’s often given little thought. Carbon monoxide safety should be a top priority when the temperatures start to drop.

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The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations can be difficult to follow. Mix in some workers’ compensation laws and things can get really complicated. FMLA protects the employment status and health benefits of an individual for up to 12 weeks under certain qualifying criteria. Workers’ compensation provides benefits and wage replacement to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. It is possible for FMLA and workers’ compensation to run concurrently when an employee misses work due to an on-the-job injury that qualifies as a serious health condition. This can be any illness, injury, impairment or physical / mental condition that involves inpatient care or continuing treatment by a healthcare provider.

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Does your workplace safety program include an incentive structure? Employers have been using them for years to encourage safe behaviors and reduce violations, injuries and accidents, but recent Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) memos have left employers confused about the compliance points related to these programs.

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Each year, employers spend billions – yes, billions of dollars resolving issues related to overexertion injuries. In fact, these claims have been repeatedly identified as the leading cause of disabling workplace injuries in the United States. What’s more important, however, is that many of these injuries can be prevented through the application of a few ergonomic analysis tools.

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What Really Adds Up to TCOR
You’re my hero! Have you ever said that when someone did a simple favor like loaning you an umbrella during a storm or holding the door when your hands were full? I’m sure you appreciated the gesture, but were their actions truly heroic (which can be defined as brave, courageous, valiant, superhuman, etc.)? It’s become common practice in the English language to overuse words and phrases to the point that we dilute their value and begin to misuse them.

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Accidents happen. We grew up hearing this phrase. While we try our best to prevent and avoid workplace injuries, the reality is that accidents can and will happen. That is why employers have workers’ compensation policies.

When it comes to these types of claims, however, some employers don’t seem to fully understand all of the related costs. It is generally understood that when claims arise they have several direct costs. These normally include medical costs and indemnity payments. It could also increase the insured’s premium at renewal time because more claims typically lead to higher premiums. But many people fail to consider the deeper financial impact that goes beyond claims costs and renewal premiums in the form of indirect loss costs. When we look at Total Cost of Risk (TCOR), indirect loss costs play a significant role.

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