Read about how to manage and reduce your workplace risk, keeping your employees safe and making your workplace compliant.

From our CEO: Thanks in a time of COVID

The COVID-19 crisis rages on and, as an essential provider, we continue to work hard while our small-to-medium business clients suffer in one of the more difficult domiciles: Michigan.

We are fortunate to have some of our clients designated as essential, while others found creative ways to be essential during this battle with the virus. I am very thankful as a business owner, because this provided revenue for us to operate.

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Coming back from COVID

As Governor Whitmer has lifted parts of the stay-home order, many employers are preparing to bring laid off or furloughed employees back to the workplace.

BCN Services helps local businesses reopen in a way that protects employees and complies with local regulations. See more information below about how we are helping businesses in this difficult time.

One significant piece of this assistance involves our partnership with Midwest Enviro Solutions, which decontaminates, sanitizes and tests work sites so your employees can be confident that you’re protecting them. This is just one of several new mandates for Michigan businesses.

The full Michigan Governor’s Executive Order can be found here.

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Tips for returning to work in the coronavirus era

As employers prepare to get back to work and bring laid off or furloughed employees back to the workplace, it is safe to say that there will be a ”new normal” for managers and employees functioning in this time of the coronavirus pandemic. Governors are beginning to lift stay-at-home orders and allow certain businesses to function once again.
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Be aware of video call software vulnerabilities

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has created an expanded remote work environment for all of us. In some instances, we’ve been able to work using applications and systems in the cloud. In other instances, we’ve been able to use VPN (virtual private network) technology that allows us to access our environment outside the office.

Although these technologies have not totally replaced the one-on-one and team interaction, we are learning how to use them and make them work as employees conduct business from home. Read more

Experts respond to questions about Family First Coronavirus Response Act

In light of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, H.R. 6201 (FFCRA) passing into law, legal experts at Dickinson Wright put together a top ten list of questions employers have about the FFCRA.

The FFCRA was signed into law by the President and will take effect on April 1, 2020. The U.S. Secretary of Labor is expected to issue regulations related to the law by March 25, 2020.

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Some COVID-19 basics: Tips for business

Many people are feeling overwhelmed by the deluge of information regarding COVID-19, the disease that develops in some people through exposure to the novel coronavirus that is being seen around the world.

Although information is constantly changing, we are monitoring alerts and updates from the Centers for Disease Control, and will continue to update to you regarding significant changes as related to the workplace.

We find this link from the CDC to be helpful: CDC Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions offered for employers

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The law firm of Dickinson Wright offers basic tips for employers about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Read more below or see the original post here. (Republished with permission, with updates from the CDC noted below).

It is now impossible to avoid the reality that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19, the “coronavirus”), is a “public health emergency of international concern,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although the risk assessment is currently considered low for most residents, the widespread transmission of the coronavirus in the U.S. “would translate into large numbers of people needing medical care at the same time” which could result in significant adverse consequences, including disruption of the American workforce.

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Don’t be a victim of email spear phishing

One specific type of phishing attack is called “spear phishing.” Unlike standard email scams, spear phishing includes several elements of social engineering that are intended to deceive the email recipient to a much larger degree.

Spear phishing is “the fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information.” Another frequent and unfortunate consequence of Spear Phishing is monetization. These attacks are also more frequent at the end of a major accounting period such as quarter or fiscal year end.

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Ensure safety at work: Training is a must in 2020

Safety is important for economic reasons: When an employee is involved in an accident, you spend money through lost production and absenteeism. Safety training is important so workers and managers know the hazards which cause these things.

Working safely eliminates that injury and promotes greater production. This saves you money through a sustained safe work environment every day.

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Rising popularity of vaping raises new issues in the workplace

The first time I heard about vaping was during a conversation with my teenage kids a few years ago. I was surprised to hear them say “everyone does it!” What exactly is it? The definition of vaping is “the action or practice of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.” Seems harmless, but is it?

Although smoking has been banned from most workplaces for a long time, vaping now presents new issues for employers as well as society in general. Should this smoking alternative be allowed at work and treated like cigarettes?

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