Spill-Proof Your Workplace

The old proverb says, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.” While it’s certainly a waste of time and energy to cry over it, you should take spills very seriously—especially those in the workplace. Whether it’s milk, coffee, oil or chemicals, any kind of workplace spill can lead to serious problems or injuries. Not only could your workers slip and fall,...

Avoid Winter Slips

Winter months in Illinois present additional hazards that are typically not factors for employees during warmer weather – specifically, slip and fall concerns. With snow and ice covered conditions,...

Accommodating Permanent Work Restrictions

When an on-the-job injury or illness results in permanent work restrictions, you are required to provide the injured worker a position that fits medically determined specifications. If you are unable...

Safety and Health Assistance for Small Businesses

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) created the Office of Small Business Assistance to help small business employers understand their safety and health obligations,...

How to Protect a Business from Inside & Outside Theft

Chicago businesses lose millions of dollars every year due to theft. Losses from theft can occur in several different forms, and the following paragraphs outline some of the ways theft...

Stay Clean to Stay Healthy

Important Precautions to Prevent Food Cross-Contamination Foodborne illnesses, such as E. Coli and salmonella, can make patrons and employees extremely ill. These microorganisms are easily transferred...

On-the-Job Injury Claims By Temporary Workers

If you use workers from staffing or leasing agencies to supplement your workforce, how adequately do your current insurance policies protect your company in the event that one of these individuals...

Your Multicultural Workforce

Your Multicultural Workforce Diverse employee populations are becoming increasingly commonplace in today’s workforce. Though such diversity is positive in many ways, it can also create...

Illinois Drug and Alcohol Testing Laws

Illinois does not have a statute or regulation generally addressing drug testing of employees and applicants by private employers. However, Illinois law requires that employers working under a public...

Restaurant Drive-Through Violence Prevention

  Restaurants are ideal targets for violence because of the large amounts of cash, late hours and close contact with customers. To reduce violence, consider implementing the following...

Do you Cook Everything at the Correct Temperatures?

Proper Cooking Temperatures Food temperature guidelines for restaurant workers in Chicago, IL: Cooking and serving food at safe temperatures is one of the most effective ways to prevent...

How to Collect When the Customer Won't Pay

Having trouble collecting from your customers? Wondering how to deal with customers who won't pay or are slow to pay? These suggestions will help you collect from past due accounts. Chances are most...

Protect Your Business When Using Social Media

By the beginning of 2013, the social networking Web site Facebook had more than one billion users, and an estimated 500 million people use micro-blogging service Twitter. The business networking site...

When An Employee Refuses Work Comp Treatment

Based on the geographic location of your business, many state workers’ compensation statutes limit and mandate certain employer actions when a worker is injured. Depending on the state, there...

Workplace Policies to Prevent Harassment Claims

While an employer’s hiring and firing practices may present the greatest risk for litigation, lawsuits based on a company’s employment practices can happen for many reasons. Poorly written policies or...

Handling Valet Parking

  Valet in Chicago, Illinois  Offering valet service is an important part of our commitment to customer service. However, offering a service that accepts responsibility for a customer’s property...

Safety and Health Rights for Restaurant Workers

Know Your Rights When Faced with Imminent Dangers As a restaurant worker, you face a variety of hazards. Fortunately, you do have rights to control your safety and protect yourself and your co-workers...

10 Ways to Control Your Workers Comp Mod

  Your experience modification factor, or mod, is an important component used in calculating your workers’ compensation premium. If you can control your mod, you can lower your price — so...

Employers: Have You Updated Your Social Media Policy?

Employers: Have You Updated Your Social Media Policy? If it's been a while since you updated your employee manuals, or you don't have a coherent policy regarding the use of social media, it's time...

What You Should Know About Workplace Safety

The 10 Occupations with the Largest Number of Injuries and Illness Rank Occupation Number Percent of Total 1 Laborers (nonconstruction) 60,640 6.7% 2 Truck drivers, heavy 40,440 4.5 3 Nursing...
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