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Workers' Compensation: What Your Employees Need to Know

Workers’ compensation is designed protect everyone, although the claims process can seem to be a hassle for all involved. Sometimes a worker might be tempted to not report an injury if it seems minor enough. This can have dangerous consequences.PEMCO-Workers-Comp-Issues.jpg

The workers’ compensation experts at Progressive Employer Management Company (PEMCO) can offer a few reasons why it’s important for your employees to report injuries in a timely manner no matter the severity. Educating your workers on workers’ compensation reporting requirements will pay off in the long-run.

Faster care

A quickly filed claim means quicker care. Although a workplace-related injury or illness might not seem significant at first, there is always the chance it can grow worse due to inattention. Faster care also means a faster return to work, which lessens the impact on the employee’s personal finances that a long-term absence can mean.

Better care

In some states, if employees do not report the injury in a timely manner, they can be penalized with lessened benefits and care. On top of this, according to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, a delay in reporting can end up increasing workers’ compensation claim costs by up to 51 percent as the injury or illness becomes more severe before treatment.

Getting help

Businesses should encourage their employees to report any near misses or safety incidents. The management should file claims in a timely manner. This will protect the injured workers’ health and finances as well as the bottom line of the business.

Let’s be honest. Managing workers’ compensation and safety administration is often one of most difficult areas for your business to manage. Outsourcing administration to a professional employer organization (PEO) like PEMCO will let your company better protect employees and manage associated costs. Contact the workers’ compensation professionals at Progressive Employer Management Company today to learn more.

Insider Threats: Protecting Your Payroll Integrity

The world is changing and information technology threats are emerging at a startling pace. Even small- to mid-sized businesses have to keep on top of electronic security measures to protect themselves – especially when it comes to their payroll data.Insider threats

These payroll security threats can come from unexpected sources. Every employer wants to trust its workers, but sometimes, through lack of training or actual bad intentions, employees can end up compromising the security of payroll data. PEO experts, such as Progressive Employer Management Company, can offer safe and secure payroll administration to protect your business.

Types of insider threats

Insider threats are divided into two categories: active and passive. The distinction depends on whether the employee actually intends to act maliciously. Sometimes, the threat comes from lack of training or knowledge on the part of a worker, who could unintentionally expose payroll data. When it comes to dealing with intentional threats, however, it’s important to have well-developed security protocols.

Writing for the Houston Chronicle, Shelley Frost reports that the electronic security for payroll systems is essential:

Your company needs a firewall to protect your computer systems and databases. Password protection on all computer stations provides further electronic protection. Work with the information technology department or with an independent consultant to upgrade your security, and conduct regular checks to ensure the system works properly.

Expert help

If it all sounds overwhelming, there is expert help available. PEMCO’s online payroll systems will keep your financial data safely backed up in the event of emergencies. By taking the storage and administration of payroll data safety off-site, you can also reduce the chance of bad actors tampering with the system.

When you partner with PEMCO, you will be assigned a dedicated payroll specialist for service and support. Our team of experts can manage your employee payroll deductions for taxes, court-ordered payments and garnishments as well as quarterly filings of FUTA/SUTA and Federal 941.  To learn more, contact us today.

Removing Barriers: Complying with the ADA

For many small- to mid-sized businesses, the laws and regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can seem overwhelming. With the guidance of a professional employer organization (PEO) like Progressive Employer Management Company, business owners can safely navigate these requirements while better serving their disabled employees and customers.PEMCO-ADA.jpg

What the law requires

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the ADA establishes requirements for businesses of all sizes in order to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities:

Businesses that serve the public must modify policies and practices that discriminate against people with disabilities; comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities; remove barriers in existing facilities where readily achievable; and provide auxiliary aids and services when needed to ensure effective communication with people who have hearing, vision, or speech impairments. All businesses, even those that do not serve the public, must comply with accessible design standards when constructing or altering facilities.

Provide reasonable accommodations

Employers should always provide accommodations such as flexible work schedules and specialty equipment for employees with disabilities. Under some nondiscrimination laws, businesses may also need to modify or adjust work environments and policies. PEMCO’s human resources experts can advise you on the best ways to ensure your business is covered.

The consulting services that PEMO provides can include:

  • Making modifications to safety and emergency plans.
  • Developing policies for accommodations that take into account strategies and devices that allow for workplace flexibility.
  • Developing a communication plan that educates employees so that disabled employees feel comfortable.

Prepare safety and emergency plans

Employers of people with disabilities will also need to consider modifying their emergency procedures. With the help of PEMCO, safety and emergency plans can be developed that consider the specific requirements needed to ensure the well-being of all employees.

PEMCO’s human resources specialists can help guide your businesses through all the details and requirements of the ADA. We can help you modify your policies and plans to better accommodate the needs of your employees with disabilities. Contact us today to learn how.