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New Fall Protection Standards Issued by OSHA

December 7, 2016

On November 17, 2016, OSHA issued a final rule that updates the standards on walking-working surfaces to prevent and reduce workplace slips, trips, and falls. More commonly referred to as fall protection. The new rule addresses many areas including the requirements for personal fall protection systems, training on fall hazards, and use of personal fall protection systems. […]

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BECU Partners in Funding the Bright Promise Scholarship Program

November 29, 2016

BECU has joined Associated Industries and Regence BlueShield/Asuris NW Health in funding half-tuition scholarships for students at Eastern Washington University and the Community Colleges of Spokane for the 2017/2018 school year through the Bright Promise Scholarship Program. “The addition of BECU to the contributors for the 2017/2018 scholarships from Bright Promise is going to give […]

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2016 Inland Northwest Compensation Survey is Open

August 11, 2016

Having a competitive compensation package can be key to bringing in and retaining the top talent you want on your team. Establishing how you compare to other employers in your area is the best way to make sure your salaries and benefits measure up to the job market. An easy way to get the data […]

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ADA Wellness Notice Sample from the EEOC

July 6, 2016

Employers offering a wellness program are required to provide employees with a notice informing them of what information connected to the wellness plan will be collected by their employer, how that information will be used, who will receive that data, and how the employer plans to keep that personal information confidential. This requirement has to […]

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Accident Prevention Programs are Mandatory in Washington

June 21, 2016

All Washington State employers are required to create a written Accident Prevention Program (APP) that has been specifically tailored to the company’s operation, hazards, and equipment. Every employee needs to be trained on your program and sign an acknowledgment of the training that should be added to their employee file. Any Washington employer without a […]

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New Incident Reporting for OSHA

May 24, 2016

Beginning August 10, 2016, employers with more than 250 employees and employers in certain high-hazard industries, will be required to submit incident information to OSHA that will be posted online. This rule change is part of a federal emphasis on transparency with respect to safety. Access to the data will allow prospective employees, investors, and customers […]

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DOSH Inspectors Have a New Enforcement Emphasis to Implement

April 18, 2016

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is implementing OSHA’s National Emphasis Program. The program is meant to identify machinery and equipment hazards likely to cause amputations. The overall goal is to minimize the number of deaths and permanent disabilities caused by these kinds of workplace hazards. DOSH will […]

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Just Around the Corner: ACA Form 1095-C Filing Deadline on March 31st

March 8, 2016

Time’s almost up. Just a few weeks left before all ALE companies (any employer with an average of at least 50 full-time or full-time equivalent employees for the calendar year) must report health coverage on the new Form 1095-C by March 31st. The Internal Revenue Service has instructions for the new return. And in them, the IRS […]

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Employee Pay Data Reporting Moves Forward

February 2, 2016

The EEOC announced proposed changes to its EEO-1 report that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to submit employee W-2 earnings and hours worked. Advanced copies of the proposed rule and pay reporting form are available in the Federal Register for employers to review. The EEOC plans to take public comment on the proposed rule until […]

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IRS delays ACA reporting for Forms 1094/1095

January 5, 2016

UPDATE: As deadlines creep closer in the New Year, the IRS has made an announcement to extend deadlines for the new forms 1094 & 1095. 1095-C: the deadline to supply the 1095-C form to employees is extended from February 1 to March 31, 2016. 1094-C: the deadline has been extended from February 29 to May 31, 2016 (if filing paper), […]

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