Entries by Wendy Allen

Take care when classifying your workers to avoid costly audits

Job duties, not job titles, determine pay classification and workers’ compensation codes. Not making the correct choice can cause problems, or even prompt a workers’ comp or federal wage audit When hiring a new employee, it is important to review the individual’s primary job responsibilities before determining whether they will be paid on an hourly […]

It’s all about the employee and a focus on tech and digital trends

In 2017, organizations focused on the well-being and satisfaction of their employees. Business leaders looked to build a better environment for their workforce and invested in strategies to help recruit and retain top talent. Buzzwords like ‘culture’ and ‘engagement’ were in the forefront of business discussions. The year 2018 will bring a fresh set of […]

Unannounced MIOSHA inspections can add up to employer fines

It appears MIOSHA (the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has ramped up its “unannounced” inspections this past year with small business machine and repair shops and buildering contractors, both in General Industry or Construction categories.  Fines have been levied.  The wise adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely has […]

When disaster strikes, employers must be prepared with a solid plan

A disaster can be defined as an accident, or natural catastrophe, that causes great damage or loss of life.  Certainly, there have been several, large natural disasters recently ranging from hurricanes to earthquakes. On a smaller scale, a disaster could also encompass issues isolated to your office causing a disruption in business, such as an […]

The 5 Ws of the EEOC (or why it does what it does)

Many businesses understand the importance of advertising themselves as an equal opportunity employer. But companies may not be familiar with the government agency that enforces this law and exactly what they do Who: The EEOC is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and it is “responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate […]

Be aware of your IT Security Policies and Procedures

Starting today, and from time to time in the upcoming months,  BCN will be adding business blog posts about current topics from friends of BCN.   Today, we hear from Mr. Joe Dylewski, owner of ATMP Solutions, an IT Security firm.  Joe has been successfully assisting businesses and health care companies since 1989. Quarterly Information Security […]

BCN offers web-based health and safety Training for employees

Influencing the behaviors of employees and training them to work safely is fundamental to a successful risk management program. It also reduces your workers’ compensation costs.  BCN Services offers its clients an online training resource at no cost that can help successfully train your employees. This value-added service is the premier resource for environmental, health […]

Developing the best formula for happiness in the workplace

I was reading some marketing articles over the weekend and came across an article about “Happiness in the Workplace”.   Skimming it briefly, I didn’t see much in value for my marketing endeavors but then I came across another article on the same topic. So it gave me pause. What is happiness in the workplace anyway?  […]

When can you dock a salaried employee’s pay?

Docking an exempt or salaried employee’s pay is only allowed in certain circumstances. Generally, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not permit deductions from exempt employees. According to the regulations, the amount of money a salaried employee earns isn’t dependent on the number of days or hours he or she works. You also can’t […]