Hot weather, especially when combined with strenuous physical labor, can cause body temperatures to rise to unsafe levels—leading to heat illnesses. Outdoor workers are especially vulnerable to heat-related illnesses because they spend the majority of the day outside in direct sunlight. There are a variety of heat illnesses, including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, dehydration and [...]
Global spread of WannaCry ransomware across 150 counties appears to have effects in the United States. Although not yet to be determined, these are causing disruptive business interruptions.
Considering the recent vote to allow web-browsing data to be sold without users’ explicit consent, virtual private networks (VPNs) may be the key to private browsing.
In the wake of OSHA’s new electronic injury and illness reporting and anti-retaliation rules, the Department of Labor (DOL) recently released new recommended practices for anti-retaliation programs. The initial rule requires employers to electronically submit information from work related injury to OSHA. More importantly, the rule solidifies employee anti-retaliation protections for reporting work-related injuries and [...]
http://vannerwp.azurewebsites.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/compliance.jpg HIGHLIGHTS The final rule requires entry-level CDL holders to meet new training standards. New training requirements also apply to certain CDL upgrades and endorsements. Affected individuals will need to obtain training from a qualified training provider. IMPORTANT DATES December 8, 2016 The final rule requiring entry-level driver training was published [...]
On May 12, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule requiring certain employers to electronically submit data from their work-related injury records. Their intention is to publish this employer information on a public website, but feared the rule would push companies to discourage employees from reporting injuries and illnesses. In a proactive effort, OSHA included three [...]
October 3 is World Day of Bullying Prevention Day. On this day we raise awareness of bullying, not only for children at schools, but also in the workplace. Workplace bullying can cause emotional and physical damage to employees. Employees may feel inadequate or a sense of low self-esteem, which can lead to anxiety, depression, hypertension [...]
On Sept. 22, 2016, Yahoo Inc. confirmed that 500 million email accounts had been compromised in a 2014 hack. This is currently one of the largest cyber security breaches ever recorded. Personal information including names, email addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, passwords, and encrypted security questions and answers were stolen in the breach. Initial [...]
Construction projects present unique challenges that lead to potential injuries or poor work quality. The safety and quality of a job site can cause negative consequences especially when fatigue from prolonged hours worked or poor task design enter the mix. Some challenges include: Physically demanding work Long hours Constant changes to the project Tight schedules. [...]
On June 21st, Ralph Vanner, our CEO and cyber specialist spoke about Data Breaches and cyber liability at The Buffalo Club. Here are his biggest take away's from the event: No company, big or small, is immune to a data breach. Many small employers falsely believe they can elude the attention of a hacker, but [...]