New Employees Account for Large Share of Workplace Injuries

Posted by: VMA Staff | Jun 28, 2022

A significant share of overall workplace injuries occur during new employees' first year on the job, according to a recent study. The report by Travelers Cos., Inc. foun...

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Dear David: What are the rules around unpaid leave?

Posted by: David Katz | Jun 23, 2022

Question: If an employee runs out of paid time off, can we allow them to take unpaid leave? Answer: In most cases, yes. In general, you can offer the option of unp...

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Minimum Wage Increases Coming in 12 Counties and Cities

Posted by: VMA Staff | Jun 22, 2022

As we approach mid-year there are about a dozen cities and counties in the Golden State that will be increasing their minimum wage for employers that operate within their j...

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Cost of Commercial Property Insurance Surges Thanks to Inflation, Climate Change

Posted by: VMA Staff | Jun 17, 2022

As climate change continues to create more turbulent weather and natural catastrophes, commercial property insurance rates are still climbing — and the recent surge in in...

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Reporting Workers’ Comp Claims Late Can Push up Costs Nearly 50%

Posted by: VMA Staff | Jun 08, 2022

One of the keys to keeping the costs of a workers' compensation claim from spiraling out of control is prompt claims reporting. Claims are routinely filed late, either b...

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Companies Bleed Data as Employees Move It Offsite

Posted by: VMA Staff | May 31, 2022

The more employees are working from home, the greater the risk that their employers' sensitive date is also being stored on their poorly secured devices and laptops. A n...

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Dear David: Denying Vacation Requests

Posted by: David Katz | May 20, 2022

Question: Is it acceptable for us to be denying vacation requests? Answer: In general, yes. But you should have — and document — a legitimate business reason f...

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Straight from the Source: How a Woman Owned Company Encourages Sustainability

Posted by: VMA Staff | May 17, 2022

Being an environmentally conscious business is important for many reasons, from protecting our world for future generations to helping you attract and retain customers. S...

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Cal/OSHA Urges Employers to Protect Outdoor Workers Against Heat Illness

Posted by: VMA Staff | May 12, 2022

As we get closer to another scorching California summer, Cal/OSHA is reminding employers with outdoor workers to take precautions to protect them against the heat. Calif...

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Cal/OSHA’s New COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard Loosens Some Requirements

Posted by: VMA Staff | May 06, 2022

Cal/OSHA has issued new language that amends its current COVID-19 emergency temporary standard and pushes back the expiration date of the ETS until the end of the year. ...

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