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3 Things that Say, ‘Please Sue Me’

Still have exit interviews, probationary periods, and sick leave? asks popular speaker Hunter “Please Sue Me” Lott. If you have those, get rid of them, he says.

The exit interview was invented by HR, Lott says, and it suggests that our philosophy is, “Let’s spend our time with the crummy employees.” Stop that, says Lott. Spend the time on stay interviews with the good employees.

Lott offered his advice at SHRM’s Annual Conference and Exposition, held recently in Chicago.

Probationary Periods and Sick Leave—Get Rid of Them

If you have a probationary period (or, as one of Lott’s clients calls it, “comfort time”), get rid of it, says Lott. It gives the impression of permanent employment after it’s over. Once you get rid of it, your people are on probation forever.

Get rid of sick leave as well, he says. Lump it in with paid time off (PTO). You don’t want to be in the babysitting business.

Manage Your Compensation Language

Lott offers four “Please Sue Me” scenarios you never want to hear.

  • If the phone rings during your lunch break, do you answer it? Yes, it’s “answer by the third ring or you’re fired.”
  • “Anyone working unauthorized overtime will not be compensated for the additional time worked.”
  • “The firm’s time clock is used to help the employer and all hourly employees track their hours worked, overtime, and flexible leave time. In the event of a discrepancy, the time clock will prevail. Failure to record your time on the time clock will result in not being paid for all time worked.”
  • “If you clock in at 7:01, you will be docked 15 minutes.”

Please sue me, says Lott.

Interviewing 2013

Always go after behavior during your interviews, Lott says. The best-qualified candidate may be miserable, grumpy, and complaining. You don’t want that in a coworker. On the other hand, Lott says, you don’t want a happy-go-lucky accountant, either. (However, he quips, you may be willing to put up with behavior from IT people that you wouldn’t tolerate from anyone else.)

Lott suggests the following interview questions:

  • Describe your typical workday from start to finish.
  • What was the last thing you did to make your job easier?
  • What have you done to reduce costs or save time in your current position?
  • Tell me about your last workplace evaluation.
  • Give an example of how you adapt to change.
  • Give an example of how you solved a specific problem.
  • Give an example of your creativity at work.
  • What is the biggest misperception of you?
  • Describe something you have done that shows your commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction.

‘Please Sue Me’ Interviewing Horror Story

Lott tells of one manager he encountered who was proud of his cleverness in interviewing young ladies. He asked them, “Are you going to be ‘in the family way’?” He hadn’t mentioned the word “pregnant,” and he thought that meant he was legally in the clear.

HR, Get Out of the Dating/Babysitting Business

This generation is going to make their social connections at work, says Lott, and you don’t want to be the babysitter for that, either. Get rid of policies and procedures that you can’t or won’t enforce.

For example, he says, here’s a typical policy:

“Personal relationships in the workplace are strongly discouraged. A company employee who is involved in a personal relationship with another company employee will not be permitted to work in the same department as, work directly for, or supervise the employee with whom he or she is involved. For purposes of this policy, a personal relationship includes any romantic or intimate relationship between individuals who have or have had a continuing relationship of a romantic or intimate nature.”

Can you imagine policing that policy? Lott asks. Or how about another client whose policy is, essentially, "If you are having an affair, you have to turn yourself in."

Here’s Lott’s answer for a policy on dating:

“Any relationship on or off the job that affects your ability to do your job or our ability to run our business may be a valid reason for firing.”

Think. Please Think Before You Act

In one client company, one of the employees had a miscarriage and asked for bereavement leave, which was denied. Think, says Lott. Do you really want to defend this decision?

A good yardstick for all your HR actions is this: Would you be comfortable defending your actions on “60 Minutes” or YouTube?

Source: BLR

New Laws for 2014 – Concluded

This week the Tedrick Group is continuing to highlight a few of the new laws effective January 1, 2014 regarding Consumers, Environment, Health and Human Services and Transportation. For a more complete list click here.

Contractor Violations (HB 922/PA 98-0328): Allows the Department of Labor to bring an action against a contractor up to five (currently two) years after a violation of the Prevailing Wage Act is alleged to have occurred. Requires contractors and subcontractors who participate in public works projects to keep records for five (currently three) years from the date of the last payment. Requires a public body to keep records for five (currently three) years. Authorizes contractors to retain records in electronic (currently paper) format.

Cell Phone Penalties (HB 2585/PA 98-0507): Increases the penalties in accident cases where the individual is texting, using a cell phone or watching a video device, and that action is determined to have been a cause of a crash that results in an injury or death.

Asphalt Shingle Recycling (SB 1925/PA 98-0296): Allows the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to revoke Beneficial Use Determination permits for unlawful asphalt shingle recycling practices. Beneficial Use Determinations are permits authorized by the IEPA that allow waste materials to be recycled or otherwise used in a way that is beneficial to health and the environment.

Littering Fine (HB 3081/PA-0472): Amends the Litter Control Act to add a minimum fine of $50 for littering.

Cigarettes = Litter (HB 3243/PA 98-0483): Includes cigarettes in the definition of “litter,” so people could be fined for inappropriately disposing of their cigarette butts.

Disposal of Asphalt Roofing Shingles (SB 2226/PA 98-0542): States landfills cannot accept for disposal load of whole or processed asphalt roofing shingles (unless commingled with other construction material) if they are located within a 25 mile radius of an asphalt shingle recycling center. Additionally, requires the recycling centers to submit reports on the amounts of shingles received in a calendar year to the EPA. Landfills are neutral on the amendment.

Illinois ADA Update (HB 1462/PA 98-0224): Brings Illinois’ accessibility requirements for the disabled in line with the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act.

Uninsured Motorists (HB 2393/PA 98-0242): Eliminates the requirement that automobile insurers must provide information about the availability of uninsured motorist coverage when a policy is being renewed.

Construction Zone Speeding (HB 1814/PA 98-0337): Creates separate offenses for speeding in a construction or maintenance zone when workers are present and are not present. Removes penalty of license suspension in construction zones when construction workers are not present and no danger of hitting a construction worker exists

Truck Inspections (SB 1294/PA 98-0489): Reduces the late penalty for meeting the semi-annual inspection requirement for intrastate trucks to a petty offense. The minimum fine is $95 and the maximum fine is $250. If the violation occurs in conjunction with a motor vehicle accident, the person is guilty of a class C misdemeanor. A minimum fine of $95 requires a court appearance.

Trucking Regulation (SB 925/PA 98-0512): Repeals the state regulation on the consecutive hours a trucker may drive. This is a cleanup bill, as current state regulations are outdated and federal law already regulates the hours truckers may drive.

Special Hauling Vehicles (HB 2310/PA 98-0409): Extends by 10 years the model years of Special Hauling Vehicles exempt from the federal bridge formula that regulates vehicle weights. Special Hauling Vehicles are generally special purpose trucks, such as cement mixers and multiple-axle trucks designed for hauling special cargo.

Driving on Restricted License (SB 1735/PA 98-0285): Increases the penalty for driving while a license is suspended or revoked if the violation results in an accident that causes personal injury or death to a Class 4 felony for a second or subsequent offense.

For a complete list of 2014 New Laws, please visit the Illinois Senate Republicans website here or  the Illinois Senate Democrats website here.

New Laws for 2014 –Continued

This week the Tedrick Group is highlighting a few of the new laws effective January 1, 2014 regarding Business, Commerce, Labor and Licensure.  For a more complete list click here.

Subcontractors (HB 923/PA-0105): Requires contractors to report payments to any subcontractors or independent contractors to the Department of Labor. The legislation was strongly opposed by small business because it is drafted to apply only to non-union contractors. It is viewed as an additional burden on small businesses, requiring them to disclose proprietary information on what they pay their business partners – information that is not required to be disclosed by other employers.

Employee Classification (HB 2649/PA 98-0106): Seeks to address the practice of misclassifying employees as independent contractors in the construction industry. Imposes substantial penalties, cease and desist orders, and debarment orders against employers found to have misclassified employees as independent contractors. Also imposes individual liability onto corporate officers and agents that "knowingly permit such employer to misclassify its employees." Exempts groups that are "responsible bidders" from having to comply with these new requirements. Opponents have raised concerns that the measure is largely targeted at making it more difficult for non-union contractors to win contracts.

Professional Licensure Privacy (HB 1338/PA 98-0211): States that when the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (DFPR) issues a license or a certificate that is required to be displayed at a place of business, the license or certificate can not include the individual's home address on the face of the license.

Electronic Signatures (SB 1826/PA 98-0289): This measure allows for the use of an electronic signature for plans submitted by architects, engineers and land surveyors when submitting computer-prepared plans.

Prevailing Wage Records (HB 3223/PA 98-0482): Imposes a number of new burdens on non-union contractors requiring them (but not union contractors) to track and submit a significant amount of new information on their certified payroll for work performed on a public works project. These added reporting requirements will discourage competition for publicly financed projects, which could be more costly for taxpayers

Workplace Violence (HB 2590/PA 98-0430): Creates the Workplace Violence Prevention Act. Allows an employer to seek an order of protection to prevent further violence or threats of violence to an employee. This would be used in cases where the employee has been threatened or attacked at their place of work or there is a credible threat of violence at the workplace. This could include cases where domestic violence spills over to the workplace and cases where a worker is threatened by a disgruntled customer or former employee, but it also would include instances where the person making the threat has no connection to either the business or the employee.

TO BE CONTINUED…

Check back next Thursday, January 30th as we highlight more new laws of 2014.

Reminder: Post Your 2013 OSHA Recordkeeping Annual Summary By February 1, 2014

Going into 2014, OSHA is continuing its focus of inspecting and, when alleged violations found, citing employers under its recordkeeping standard. Proper recordkeeping has become more critical to employers since OSHA recently issued a proposed rule to publish, in certain cases, the injury and illness data provided by employers.

All employers required to maintain the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s 300 Logs for workplace injuries and illnesses must post their 2013 annual summary by February 1, 2014, utilizing the annual summary form (form 300A). The form is available for downloading from the OSHA website at https://www.osha.gov. Note that even if you have no recordable injury or illness, you must still complete your 300 logs and post the 300A summary.

Here are some additional details that are frequently misunderstood or overlooked and which could result in OSHA citations.  MORE

New Laws for 2014

NEW LAWS FOR 2014

On January 1, 2014, more than 200 new laws went in to effect.  They range from a ban on underage tanning, to more serious laws, like the legalization of medical marijuana.  The Tedrick Group will highlight a few of these laws during the month of January.  For a more complete list click here.

70 MPH SPEED LIMIT TAKES EFFECT

Illinois’ speed limit is now in line with most of the country. Senate Bill 2356 increases the maximum speed limit to 70 miles per hour (mph) on most interstates and toll highways.

At the request of the Illinois State Police, Senate Bill 2356 also lowers the threshold to increase the penalty for speeding from a petty offense to a misdemeanor. Speeding in excess of 26 miles per hour but less than 35 mph (currently 31-40 mph) will be a Class B misdemeanor. Speeding in excess of 35 mph (currently 40 mph) will be a Class A misdemeanor.

DISTRACTED DRIVING: CELL PHONE BAN

On the road, Illinois drivers will have to use hands-free technology to talk on cell phones. Otherwise, they’ll have to pull off the road to make a call.

Violators of the law will be fined $75 for a first offense. Fines of as much as $150 could be issued for repeat offenses as well as facing a moving violation on their driving record. Drivers are still allowed to make calls in an emergency.

Penalties will also increase for drivers who injure or kill others in crashes caused by the use of a cell phone or other electronic device.

FIREARM CONCEALED CARRY ACT 

Illinois became the final U.S. state to pass a concealed carry law on July 9, 2013  This law requires an Illinois Concealed Carry License to carry a concealed firearm.

Applicants are required to take 16 hours of concealed carry firearms training provided by an Illinois State Police-approved instructor, have a valid Firearm Owners Identification card and Illinois digital ID, Richard Pearson, executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, said.

Under the new law, most government buildings and schools will not be allowed concealed weapons on the property, but in the case for private buildings or businesses it is up to the individuals’ choice.

Concurrently, the law clearly states a resident will not be allowed to open carry at any time. A handgun carried on or about a person must be concealed from view of the public.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Check back next Thursday, January 23rd as we highlight more new laws of 2014.

Website Maintenance

The Tedrick website will be undergoing regular maintenance the week of Jan 6-10, 2014.

Employment Practices Horror Stories!

Employment Practices Horror Stories!
When: October 31, 2013 8:30AM -11:30AM
Where: Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mt Vernon, IL

We will celebrate the Halloween season by telling gory stories of liability dilemmas like wrongful termination, social media, discrimination and harassment, employee bad behavior and more...

We will talk about real life, scary violations that can cost companies like yours thousands of dollars in lawsuits. We will also offer easy solutions that you can implement to prevent these problems.

  • Featured Presenter: Cory Kuhlenschmidt, Partner at Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP  Cory Kuhlenschmidt works with company owners, executives, and human resources personnel to understand and navigate the complexities of employment law, including discrimination and harassment laws, the Fair Labor Standards Act, ADA compliance, the FMLA, healthcare reform legislation, and more.

An end to the terror is in sight as we explore Post-Offer Employment testing: Physical Demand testing vs. Medical Physicals.

We will address how to be proactive and prevent unnecessary workers’ compensation claims by ensuring that your workforce is physically qualified for the job.

  • Featured Presenter: Dr. Verlinda Henshaw, OTD, MS, OTR/L  Dr. Henshaw is an Occupational Therapist specializing in industrial rehabilitation and orthopedic injury management and owner of Occupational Performance and Rehab. OP&R is an outpatient Occupational and Physical Therapy company that has developed Ergo-First a “No-Lost Time Program”.


Please RSVP by calling 618.244.5800 or email contactus@tedrickgroup.com

 

1.2.13 New Site Launch

Welcome to The Tedrick Group's new online home! We like to think of this site as just another extension of our risk-reducing philosophy.

More than a new look, we've added fuller descriptions of our products and services as well as helpful links to industry standards and institutes. We've also placed the client logins you've come to rely upon conveniently at hand. No matter where you are on our site, you'll find our 3 login portals at the top right of the page.

Don't forget to check back to this news box for helpful tips and updates we'll be posting each month.

We hope you'll find this site useful as you continue to walk the proactive walk.

Got feedback, questions or suggestions? We'd love to hear from you.

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An educational symposium designed to provide the latest information about Healthcare Reform

Please Join Us

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
8:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Location:
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts and Performance Hall
Mount Vernon, IL

How will the new healthcare laws affect you and your business?

This symposium is in response to questions from business owners on how the recent legislation will affect their health insurance benefits, taxes and business operations. We will address Risk Management and what every employer should be considering when purchasing Healthcare. The most commonly asked questions will be answered and the session will be interactive, providing answers to the unique questions of attendees.

Our Speakers:

Mark Haegele- Director of Sales and Marketing
HealthLink

Mark has over 16 years of Managed Care experience and has been with HealthLink since 2003. His experience is in Sales, Network Development, Network/Data Consulting, and Network Management. Prior to joining HealthLink, Mark worked for a third party administrator in operations, developing and managing HealthSCOPE’s proprietary and rental networks. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Heath Parker- Sr. Vice President, Sales
Key Benefit Administrators

Heath has over 15 years experience in the employee benefits industry working on consulting with agencies, insurance companies, and Third Party Administrators on the sales and implementation of products, marketing, strategies, and distribution. Heath has been successful in the deployment of specialized products within hospitals, agencies and Third Party Administrators and achieved significant growth in each of these segments throughout his career. Heath joined the executive team at Key Benefit Administrators in ‘07 and is currently deploying these creative and unique strategies in his position at Key Benefit Administrators. Heath is a graduate of Denison University in Granville, OH.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Carrie Wheeler, carriew@tedrickgroup.com or 618.244.5800

Recent: Academy of Risk Management

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Location:
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, 2600 Richview Road, Mount Vernon, IL 62864

For more imformation, contact Carrie Wheeler 618.244.5800 or contactus@tedrickgroup.com

 

Workers’ Compensation Preferred Provider Program

Seminar attendees learned how to take advantage of this great opportunity to direct their injured workers into a “WCPPP”. The final rules just became effective March 4, 2013.

The WCPPP allows Employers to control direct care of employees who have had a workers comp claim. This will reduce medical costs, which in turn, will help reduce Experience Modification Factors. Bottom-line – this will reduce Workers’ Compensation costs for your business.

Featured Speaker:

David E. Kolb, President/CEO of HFN, Inc.

 

Experience Modification Factor Changes and how this affects your WC Premium

The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) announced its plan to increase the primary-excess split point over a three-year transition period. The first stage of the transition will take effect with each state’s approved rate and loss cost filing on or after January 1, 2013.

This experience rating plan change (filing E-1402) may have a greater adverse impact on some employers than any change made in the plan in decades.

Featured Speaker:

Chuck Schramm, MBA, CIC, CPCU, AAI, ARM, CRM

Learn more! Through this event and our regular services, we can help if you would like to save at least 30% on workers’ comp medical expenses AND exercise more direct control over your employees’ medical treatment! An exciting new Illinois law allows you, for the first time ever, to DO BOTH by participating in a Workers’ Compensation Preferred Provider Program (WCPPP).

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