Nearly 75 percent of Americans fail to get the 30 minutes of daily physical activity recommended for a healthier lifestyle. Employers don’t just have a moral interest in keeping the workforce healthy, they have a financial interest as well. Healthier employees help to control the spiraling costs of health care, increase productivity by taking fewer sick days, and reduce “presenteeism”—where the employee reports to work but cannot function at a productive level.
One simple, cost-effective way to encourage a healthier workforce is to introduce a workplace walking program. But before you start, consider these tips to help make your program a success:
- Suggest a Route. Sometimes the lack of a safe route to walk can discourage employees from walking. Use the free workplace walkability audit tool provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to assess factors such as crosswalks, accessibility and shade when determining a route.
- Spruce Up the Stairs. If there’s no convenient—or safe—outside walking options, encourage employees to take the stairs. The CDC conducted a pilot study to assess what factors increase the likelihood that workers will take the stairs. One of the top factors was the appearance of the stairs—once the stairwells were well lit, with updated paint, carpeting and even artwork, staff were significantly more likely to take the steps. The CDC suggests using royalty-free clip art with a health or exercise theme, and changing the pictures often to keep employees engaged at a low cost.
- Team Up. Exercise is more fun with friends, and you’re less likely to come up with an excuse to skip it if you feel like you’re letting others down. Coordinate walking groups to keep staff motivated.
- Provide Incentives. Partner with your health providers, EAP or local community organizations to provide small promotional incentives to staff. Provide items like pedometers or water bottles to employees who sign up for the program, to encourage participation.
- Track and Record Progress. Provide staff with a printable log to keep track of their walking. Offer prizes for the team that walks the furthest over a set period of time, the greatest number of steps or the most time spent walking. Alternatively, offer everyone a small incentive for continued participation in the program.
A spic-and-span workplace will ensure healthier employees and fewer sick leaves. As an employer you should do your best to boost hygiene levels at the workplace and one colorful way of getting the message across is with a wash your hands poster.
Meticulously washed hands can prevent the spread of harmful diseases as well as common colds and flu. If you manage a restaurant, health clinic, school, college, or any other business with a kitchen then it is imperative that you educate your employees on the importance of good hygiene. A washing your hands poster affixed on an important location at your workplace can convey the message in a clear and simple manner.
We, at Labor Law Center offer a complete solution for all your compliance needs with our safety and health posters, safety kits, DVDs, videos, and safety signs. In addition, we also offer employee greeting cards, motivational awards, poster clips and accessories to make sure that your workplace is equipped with all possible products for safe functioning.
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In fact, you can even receive a free wash your hands poster when your order is over $150. You can click on Free Offers displayed on our home page to check this attractive offer as well as several others that can easily lower your product costs. A combination of colorful graphics and simple text ensures washing your hands poster gets the message of good hygiene across to all viewers.
You can order for the wash your hands poster at our website in English or Spanish based on your needs. You can also get free ground shipping when your order is over $50. This poster can be displayed in the workplace kitchen, employee restroom, break-room, and above sinks or basins to ensure that employees as well as clients remember to wash their hands with soap and water.
A healthy workplace is a happy workplace and you should make a proactive effort to ensure the health of your employees. You can order the Wash Your Hands Poster or can even claim it for free with your $150 worth purchase order to boost hygiene levels at the workplace.
If your business requires lifting by employees then you should display a lifting safety poster at an easy-to-read location to guide your employees on safe lifting. Such a vital poster will reduce and prevent workplace injuries, and also keep you insulated from lawsuits filed by injured employees.
Incorrect lifting by employees can result in a sprained back and cause employees to miss work as they recover from the resultant injury. Lowered employee productivity, in turn will harm your revenues while exposing you to workplace lawsuits.
A lifting safety poster will educate employees on the correct method of lifting heavy and large objects as well as ways to identify and prevent lifting injuries. A visit to our website www.laborlawcenter.com will help you select this colorful and enlightening 18 inch by 24 inch poster printed on top-quality paper that is further laminated on both sides.
In addition, you can choose from a wide range of osha safety posters that can further encourage your valued employees to remain safe and healthy at the workplace. Our osha workplace safety pack containing 4 vital posters can be yours at an attractive price while helping your employees avoid debilitating injuries at work.
Each osha safety poster should be displayed at important locations in your workplace so that it can be read easily by your employees. We can ship such posters in English or Spanish as per your requirements. While browsing our website, feel free to explore our other workplace-related products such as safety DVDs and videos, employee motivational gifts and cards, business forms, and safety signs and placards, among others. A few clicks is all that is required to purchase your chosen products, make online payments, and get them shipped to your workplace.
You can also buy poster clips and brochure holders at our website to easily affix different state, federal, and osha safety posters at prominent locations at your workplace. These clips are durable and reusable so as to allow you to replace any poster with an updated one. Your workplace will certainly be in compliance with all applicable laws once you display all related posters at vital places at your workplace.
Each business with employees in the USA has to comply with several state, federal, and osha laws. If your business entails lifting then a lifting safety poster will keep your employees safe from accidents while keeping you safe from potential lawsuits. In addition, other osha safety posters at our website www.laborlawcenter.com will educate and encourage your employees to adopt all the required safety measures to prevent accidents at your workplace.
Cases filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act have been increasing over the past five years, according to recent research from law firm Seyfarth Shaw.
The law firm found that there has been a “steady increase” in the number of wage and hour type cases filed since 2008, with over 7,000 cases in the 12-month period between March 2011 and March 2012. In contrast, cases filed in the ‘90s through the early 2000s averaged about 2,000 a year, meaning the current level of lawsuits is approaching four times the number filed just a few years ago.
In an article originally published in the Blog of Legal Times, Seyfarth partner Richard Alfred speculated the recent rise in claims could be due to the difficult economic conditions and the rising unemployment rates, with those who lost their jobs exploring their legal options.
Alfred said that plaintiff’s lawyers sometimes target wage and hour law because it can be complex and difficult for employers to interpret—meaning unintentional errors may become extremely costly for the employer. Beginning in 2003, Alfred noted, a few large settlements were won in the age and hour arena, highlighting this area of law as one to target because of the relative ease of bringing class lawsuits against employers.
It doesn’t seem as if there will be a decrease in claims any time soon, so what should employers do to protect themselves?
- Stay updated with changes in legislation.
- Document, document, document. Accurate records are essential for your defense.
- Consult a specialized attorney if you have questions regarding FLSA compliance.
- Investigate and thoroughly assess employees’ complaints to ensure your practices are sound.
- Conduct regular audits.
You still may not be able to avoid claims, but by doing everything possible to safeguard against them, you can at the very least reduce liability from 3 years—for a willful violation—to 2 years.
The ERISA advisory council will hold a meeting on August 28-30, 2012 to discuss several key issues related to the Act, including managing disability risks in an environment of individual responsibility; current challenges and best practices concerning beneficiary designations in retirement and life insurance plans; and examining income replacement during retirement years in a defined contribution plan system.
Organizations and individual members of the general public are welcome to attend the meeting to add input to any of the areas of discussion. But you don’t have to attend to have your views heard—simply submit a written position statement on one or more of the items. If you’re interested in addressing the council or submitting a statement, you have until August 14, 2012 to email your request to the council’s executive secretary Larry Good at email@example.com, or 202-693-8668.
The council meeting is open to the public. If you’re interested in attending, it will be held in Room C5521-4 at the following address:
Labor Department Headquarters,
200 Constitution Ave. NW,
Washington DC 20210
For more information about the ERISA council, see the following link from the Department of Labor website: http://www.dol.gov/ebsa/aboutebsa/erisa_advisory_council.html.