Delaware Business Times Announces the 2018 DBT 40 Awards Winners

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40 under 40 leaders to be honored for Delaware Business Times, DBT 40 awards

Wilmington, DE (August 29, 2018) — Delaware Business Times is pleased to announce the 2018 DBT40 Awards winners. The DBT40 event pays tribute to these ambitious professionals who are making a name for themselves through professional excellence and community involvement. The honorees represent the best in a wide range of fields such as finance, law, non-profit, hospitality, education and technology.

The DBT40 are featured in both print and digital editions of the Delaware Business Times. Now in its 5th year, this special cocktail reception and awards ceremony has sold-out each year. This year’s winners will be profiled in the October 2nd issue of Delaware Business Times and celebrated at an awards ceremony on October 23rd at The Baby Grand.

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Trouble Recruiting and Keeping Talent? Your Skimpy Health Insurance Is a Likely Cause.

By | Business Insurance, Employee Benefits

The most important decision your company will make for its bottom line just might be the health and wellness program it chooses.

Annual global health spending is now over $3 trillion — and growing rapidly. A good portion of that is driven by millennials, who have both a strong interest in personal wellness and, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (aka, Obamacare), an 86 percent coverage rate (more than 50 percent through individual plans, their parents’ plans or Medicaid). For those in or entering the job market, health insurance is an expectation.

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OSHA: Employee Discipline, Drug Testing, and Incentive Programs

By | Safety Services

On May 12, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule, including anti-retaliation provisions, requiring certain employers to electronically submit data from their work-related injury records to OSHA. On Oct. 19, 2016, OSHA published an interpretation of how the anti-retaliation provisions affect employee discipline, drug and alcohol testing, and safety incentive programs.

The Anti-Retaliation Provisions

According to OSHA, the final rule clarifies existing law regarding employee anti-retaliation protections. Specifically, OSHA’s anti-retaliation provisions:

  • Require employers to inform employees that they have a right to report work-related injuries and illnesses free from retaliation;
  • Direct employers to adopt reasonable procedures (“not unduly burdensome” and does not “deter or discourage”) that employees can use to report work-related injuries and illnesses; and
  • Prohibit employers from retaliating against employees solely because they report work-related injuries or illnesses.

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New Jersey Enacts Paid Sick Leave

By | Business Insurance, HR Services

On May 2, 2018, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the Paid Sick Leave Act into law. The Act will require virtually all employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, effective Oct. 29, 2018. Under the Act:

  • All New Jersey employers must provide paid sick leave to their employees;
  • Employees will accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, up to 40 hours per year; and
  • Employees must be paid for paid sick leave at the same rate (and with the same benefits) they normally earn.

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Is Your Company Liable for Business-Related Vehicle Accidents?

By | Business Insurance

Regardless of the industry you operate in, it’s likely your employees need to operate vehicles for tasks like client visits, product deliveries, and product pickups. While larger organizations often provide insured company vehicles to their staff for daily use, small and medium-sized business often don’t have that luxury.

If employees use personal vehicles for business-related activities and get into an accident, your organization could be held liable. That’s why it’s critical to have non-owned auto liability insurance, which can provide the following benefits:

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Maryland Passes Paid-Sick-Leave Law

By | Business Insurance, HR Services

Maryland’s New Sick and Safe Leave Law under the Healthy Working Families Act

Effective February 11, 2018, Maryland employers must provide sick and safe leave to their employees, as state legislators recently voted to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of the Healthy Working Families Act. With some exceptions, businesses in the state with 15 or more employees will have to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave to workers each year, and those with fewer employees must provide the same amount of time as unpaid leave. The leave may be used to care for the employee’s own or a family member’s mental or physical illness or injury, parental leave, or issues related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

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Post Your OSHA Injury Summary by Feb. 1

By | Business Insurance, Safety Services

Reminder: Employers Must Post Injury/Illness Summary Beginning February 1

Posting Requirement

OSHA reminds employers of their obligation to post a copy of OSHA’s Form 300A, which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2017. Each year, between February 1 and April 30, the summary must be displayed in a common area where notices to employees are usually posted. Businesses with 10 or fewer employees and those in certain low-hazard industries are exempt from OSHA recordkeeping and posting requirements. Visit OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rule webpage for more information on recordkeeping requirements. Read More

Benefits of Crime Insurance

By | Business Insurance

If you are a leader within your organization, you want to trust your employees and the people you do business with. However, no business is immune to the threat of crime and fraud. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that a business can expect to lose 5% of its revenue to fraud each year. Thankfully, companies can turn to crime insurance, which can provide the following benefits:

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OSHA Accepting Electronically Submitted Injury, Illness Reports

By | Personal Insurance

U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA Accepting Electronically Submitted Injury, Illness Reports Through December 31

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will continue accepting 2016 OSHA Form 300A data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) until midnight on December 31, 2017. OSHA will not take enforcement action against those employers who submit their reports after the December 15, 2017, deadline but before December 31, 2017, final entry date. Starting January 1, 2018, the ITA will no longer accept the 2016 data. Read More