Risk Briefs

Risk of workplace injuries higher among first-year employees

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Risk of workplace injuries higher among first-year employees</span></strong></big>
Did you know that the risk of workplace injuries is higher among first-year employees? A recent analysis of workers’ compensation claims by Travelers revealed that an employee’s first year on the job is often the most dangerous.

NOAA predicts above-average hurricane activity for seventh consecutive year

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">NOAA predicts above-average hurricane activity for seventh consecutive year</span></strong></big>
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its predictions for the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season. For the seventh consecutive year, forecasters are predicting above-average storm activity.

DHS proposes Form I-9 overhaul and extends pandemic-related compliance flexibilities

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">DHS proposes Form I-9 overhaul and extends pandemic-related compliance flexibilities</span></strong></big>
The Department of Homeland Security is proposing an overhaul of its Employment Eligibility Verification form a/k/a Form I-9.

New law ends forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">New law ends forced arbitration of sexual harassment claims</span></strong></big>
A new federal law prohibits employers from forcing employees to arbitrate sexual harassment claims.

Florida Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Facilities

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Florida Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care Facilities</span></strong></big>
On February 24, 2022, Florida's Department of Health made significant changes to its COVID-19 guidance for child care facilities.

How do you know if your identity has been stolen?

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">How do you know if your identity has been stolen?</span></strong></big>
When identity theft does happen, early detection is the key to limiting the damage. The sooner you know, the better. But, how do you know when your identity has been stolen?

EEOC Enforcement Activity Increasing, Approaching Pre-Pandemic Levels

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">EEOC Enforcement Activity Increasing, Approaching Pre-Pandemic Levels</span></strong></big>
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s enforcement capabilities are returning to pre-pandemic levels

Florida’s New Reporting Requirement Forces Businesses to Track Payments to Individual Contractors

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Florida’s New Reporting Requirement Forces Businesses to Track Payments to Individual Contractors</span></strong></big>
Did you know that Florida businesses must report individual independent contractors who are paid $600 or more in a calendar year?

CDC Shortens COVID Isolation and Quarantine Periods for General Population

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">CDC Shortens COVID Isolation and Quarantine Periods for General Population</span></strong></big>
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shortened the recommended isolation and quarantine periods for anyone in the general public who is exposed to COVID-19.

EEOC Updates COVID Guidance to Address Pandemic-Related Workplace Retaliation

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">EEOC Updates COVID Guidance to Address Pandemic-Related Workplace Retaliation</span></strong></big>
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its COVID-19 technical assistance to address retaliation in pandemic-related employment situations.

Great News! Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates Decreasing in 2022

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Great News! Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Insurance Rates Decreasing in 2022</span></strong></big>
Florida’s Office of Insurance Regulation approved an overall average statewide decrease of 4.9 percent for workers’ compensation premiums beginning January 1, 2022.

Affordable Care Act: Will Your Group Health Plan be “Affordable” in 2022?

<big><strong><span style="color: #ff9900;">Affordable Care Act: Will Your Group Health Plan be “Affordable” in 2022?</span></strong></big>
The IRS announced that the Affordable Care Act’s affordability threshold for employer-sponsored group health plans will be 9.61 percent in 2022