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Asphalt Company Wins Work Comp Case – 5 Tips You Can Use
A Florida asphalt contractor recently benefited from having effective human resource policies.  It avoided paying disability benefits to an injured employee (his skid steer loader was hit by a dump truck) that refused to return to suitable work.  In Florida, an injured employee is entitled to Temporary Partial Disability benefits (hereinafter TPD...
CDC Changes Return to Work Guidance for Employers
Last week, the Centers for Diseases Control (CDC) issued important changes to its guidance to employers, including modifying the criteria used to determine when an employee can be allowed back to work after testing positive for COVID-19.  Employers should immediately change its COVID-19 plans and modify its return to work policies accordingly.  H...
(new) Florida Contractors HR Set Up Manual
Attention Florida Contractors and Construction companies!  We have worked with Florida contractors and construction firms for almost twenty (20) years and have been a regular presenter at Carmen Ciricillo’s (the Construction Comic) Contractors Educational Services seminars since 2016.   Due to repeated requests from Florida Contractors, we...
Terminating an Employee for Misconduct While They Receive Florida Workers’ Comp
We were recently asked by a client about whether or not an employee on workers’ compensation can be terminated for misconduct. I said yes, but explained that to cut off workers’ compensation benefits the “misconduct” must meet a special definition.  An employee with a workplace injury is expected to follow company policy and co...
OSHA Changes Enforcement – When to Report COVID-19 Cases at Work
On May 19, OSHA updated its enforcement guidance to employers (and Compliance Officers) with respect to the recording of occupational illnesses, specifically coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. In mid-April, OSHA previously advised that most employers (except healthcare employers) did not have an obligation to analyze whether an employee’s COVI...
New Updated CDC Guidelines for Reopening Workplaces
Late last week, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released updated information and a new tool to assist employers in making (re)opening decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially to protect vulnerable workers.  First, a Workplace Decision Tree advises employers to first review state and local orders and directions to determine the mos...
COVID-19 Safety at Construction Sites
In Florida, general contractors, construction trades, subcontractors and other construction related businesses have continued to operate during the “safer at home” orders because they were designated as essential businesses. There is also some evidence that working outside, in the sunlight may actually slow the spread of COVID. The CDC ...
Workplace Preparation for “Smart, Safe and Step by Step” Return to Work
On April 29, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-112 called Safe, Smart, Step by Step Plan for Florida’s recovery.  The plan involves individual responsibility (limiting personal interactions and avoiding large groups), senior citizens and individuals with significant underlying medical conditions are still encouraged to stay hom...
Are Employee COVID-19 Cases OSHA Recordable?
The number of COVID-19 cases has passed 500,000 nationwide and 20,000 in Florida. Many of these cases occurred after workplace exposure, such as from a customer or co-worker. But, since the virus can be picked up anywhere, how can a work-related source be confirmed so that the case is recorded as an occupational illness on......
Coronavirus Guidance for Florida Employers
Due to the spread of Coronavirus, President Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have declared a state of emergency and are asking employers to monitor the situation and take action to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued interim guidance to businesses and employers......
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