Worker happiness is the path to productivity

One of the most important factors that plays into worker productivity is his or her level of happiness. Employees who are comfortable, content and motivated invest a personal interest in their work and are more likely to perform tasks more efficiently, gain skills more quickly and do a better job overall. Continue reading

DOL releases 2011 occupational injury and illness data

In 2011, there were 1,181,290 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the U.S., according to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

The ratio of nonfatal occurrences that required days away from work was 117 incidents per 10,000 full-time workers. In addition, the median number of days away from work was eight. These numbers were virtually unchanged from 2010. Continue reading

Researching potential holes in workers’ compensation claims pays off

When handling a workers’ compensation claim, it’s extremely important to do a little research on the employees’ legal history to avoid paying costly fees. Employers should include as much information as possible throughout the compensation process, advises Theodore Ronca, an attorney who represents employers in workers’ compensation and employee disability cases. Keeping details out of documents and hearings is a bad idea, he explains. Continue reading