I have been researching unemployment benefits and insurance laws throughout the states lately. Basically, I have discovered that just about every state has similar unemployment insurance laws. This is because the laws of put in place in accordance with Federal guidelines and standards. Each state can select how much unemployment compensation and benefits each employee gets after leaving his or her current position, but the basics of the laws are the same.
In general, in order for and individual to collect unemployment insurance, he or she must be a resident of Rhode Island and have worked for an organization that offers unemployment insurance (which is any organization as covered by the state). The wages that you would have earned during your period of employment must be your “base period” wages, which means that you must have received a set amount of money.
Additionally, the individual collecting unemployment benefits must be unemployed due to know fault of his or her own, as defined by the Rhode Island law. For example, the individual will need to be fired or laid off of work in order to collect benefits.
Once you are receiving unemployment benefits, you must continue to file claims. You must also report your weekly job hunting activities and need to prove that you are actively searching for employment either by proving you’ve sent in your resume or some other method. You should have a good reason for turning down any offer for employment as well.
You must also claim any earnings during your period of unemployment. An amount of your earnings will be deducted from your weekly unemployment check based on the amount of money that you earn through your temporary employment.
Not everyone will qualify for unemployment in Rhode Island. However, it is essential that if you meet the qualifications, you continue to stay in contact with the unemployment office in order to send updates.
Every state has an OSHA department that protects workers from safety hazards while at work. Some of these common safety hazards may include things such as improper electrical or unsanitary bathroom conditions.
I know at least that every business, no matter how large or small, has certain OSHA guidelines that are mandatory to follow. If these guidelines are not followed, then the business can be fined (or worse) by the state for non-compliance. It’s important to note that OSHA officers can visit a business at anytime to check up on the adherence to these conditions.
Think your business is under the radar? On the contrary, I found that California has a total of 22 offices spread out throughout the state. Each of these offices is in control of handling regional workers’ complaints and performing compliances checks with the businesses in their jurisdictions.
While I previously understood that OSHA is responsible for a huge number of safety considerations, I was recently surprised to learn that there are entire units dedicated to certain concerns. Among these concerns are crane certifications for crane operators, proper asbestos contractors’ registrations, asbestos consultant certification and asbestos site surveillance. Big hazards and asbestos situations are major concerns for the California OSHA office.
With so many health and safety issues to be aware of, it is important to have expert advice on best practices for meeting OSHA guidelines. Thank goodness that the California OSHA office provides a consultation service! I learned that businesses can not only talk about high hazard situations with the OSHA consultants, but they can also learn about special programs and developmental materials that may be helpful to employees.
It is also important to be aware of detailed OSHA rules for maintaining a safe work environment. I found that employers can certainly be in obvious violation of OSHA laws for big things, such as not letting employees wear hardhats in a construction zone. Yet employers can also be in violation of OSHA laws for little things, such as not maintaining a clean bathroom. Therefore, it’s important to stay on top of all of the OSHA laws to ensure that you don’t get fined. The Complete California Labor Law poster as well as the OSHA Safety Communication poster reflect the OSHA information in detail and can be very useful to help increase safety awareness in the workplace.
Along with employee safety within the workplace, an often forgotten issue is the health of the workers. With the winter season approaching I thought it would be a good time to speak a little about cold and flu viruses and bacteria in the workplace.
I am sure many of us attend work even when we are feeling under the weather, I know I have. Well, germs can be transferred from the infected employee to the healthy employees through many common office products. Phones, staplers, and computer keyboards are all equipment used in may offices that can be conduits to pass a cold from person to person.
OSHA recommends that health and safety plans be set into motion within every workplace. As a part of these procedures it is recommended by some that inter office precautions be taken. Washing hands frequently throughout the day or stocking the office with disinfectant wipes and also tissues can be of assistance. Many companies have adopted mandatory absence policies when colds or flu symptoms are present. Thus helping to ensure the germs are not spread. They, when possible, will allow an employee to work from home when ill to reduce the number of employees infected.
I have even heard of many worksites enclosing memos inside payroll checks that give tips on hand washing, healthy diet, sleeping well, and drinking lots of fluids as ways of reducing susceptibility to flu and colds. From what I have read the cold and flu epidemic rates at work are rising each year. I can only surmise that with all of the absences due to illness it can have a negative effect on the workday.
The health of employees is a main concern in the productivity of a company. Having more information given to employees regarding health practices to be used at work should hopefully decrease the rate of absenteeism. The OSHA Safety Communication poster offers preventative measure for continuing the safety and health of every workplace. By posting this notice each employee can have access to policies and procedures.
Safety Compliance Advisor