About Workers’ Compensation for HR Administrators

How well do you know the facts about workers’ compensation? Regardless of your business, there is always the chance that a worker can get hurt on the job. If they are, you want to be sure that your company is prepared to proceed appropriately.

Workers’ compensation helps employers and employees alike, so all human resource administrators should brush up on state regulations and know how to tackle a workplace incident. Here is a workers’ comp refresher for those new to HR.

What Employers Need to Know

In general, workers’ compensation is a program meant to protect employees and employers alike when a worker is involved in an accident that results in harm or prevents them from working in the future. The first responsibility of the employer is to have workers’ comp insurance, which is required by most states for a majority of companies, with the usual exception of independent contractors. This type of insurance is instrumental in preventing lawsuits in civil court. 

To prevent a claim from getting to that point, workers’ compensation insurance provides wage and medical benefits based on the requirements of the state in which they work. The insurance also pays death benefits to the families of employees who die on the job. However, there are circumstances that insurance doesn’t cover including intentionally sustained injuries, injuries while intoxicated, and emotional harm.

If an employee is injured on the job, it is important to remember that they cannot be denied medical care. Also, if there is a legitimate claim, then the employer must bring the employee back once they are ready to return to work. Most importantly, a company should not hold any grudge or retaliate against an employee for filing a claim. It is their right to get the help they need, and failure to comply could result in a lawsuit.

Employee Responsibilities and Claims

When an employee gets hurt on the job, they have a responsibility to report the injury immediately to your HR department. HR will then take a detailed report of the incident, including the date and time, the type of injury, and where it happened. If it is an emergency, the employee should be brought to the hospital. For less threatening injuries, they should consult a doctor. In any case, a medical report is needed.

HR is responsible for providing all necessary forms to the employee, including insurance forms and information about their rights, as well as what happens when they are ready to return to work. A claim is then filed with the insurance carrier, and it is there that the claim is either approved or denied. If it is approved, the employee will get an offer or settlement for their damages. If it is denied, then the employee can appeal.

During this time, the company must keep the job open for the potential return of the worker. If the employee cannot return to work due to disability, then the insurance company may continue paying benefits for an undetermined amount of time. All records of the claim must be filed by the employer and kept for a pre-set amount of time as determined by your state laws, which is usually a number of years.

How to Prevent Workers’ Comp Claims

It is very important for employers to not take a workers’ comp claim personally or hold it against the employee. Not only is it the law to avoid doing so, but the employee isn’t out to get you. Instead, they are only trying to get the monetary amount that will allow them to take care of themselves and their family. The best defense against workers’ comp claims is to have a proactive approach and a safe work environment.

Create a culture of safety at your workplace where everyone watches out for one another, and any hazards are immediately reported. Hold safety meetings on a regular basis where you reward employees for meeting safety goals. Create posters and signage to remind employees of general hazards and make sure all hazardous materials are properly attended to and labeled.

Even if you have all of these processes in place, it is possible that an employee could still get hurt by doing repetitive processes without proper safety precautions. Not lifting heavy items properly, using a computer for long periods of time without proper support, and standing in one place for too long can all result in common injuries ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to bursitis, which affects the joints.

Keep in mind that not all states cover repetitive motion injuries, so be aware of your state laws when filing. Regardless of the state law, as HR administrators, ensure that all employees are taking their regularly scheduled breaks, sitting in proper chairs that encourage good posture, and are using an ergonomic mouse that reduces the risk of carpal tunnel.

When it comes to the well-being of your employees, extensive knowledge of state laws and policies is a must. Be informed about workers’ compensation, so your employees can get the care they deserve.

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How IFFCOYuva Is Changing the Way You Search Jobs Online

IFFCO, known as Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative, is the largest co-operative in the world which often engages in initiatives that can help take India further on its path to development. Working across several verticals including fertilizers and general insurance, the organization is now on a mission to improve employment prospects for the Indian population.

IFFCOYuva, an online job search portal in India, is the initiative undertaken by IFFCO in that direction.

IFFCOYuva in Brief

India is a country where a major portion of the population consists of young people. This makes the “quality of workforce” one of the strongest points of India as a country. To allow the country to leverage this, and assist the nation’s youth in securing employment, IFFCO has introduced IFFCOYuva, an online job portal.

IFFCOYuva has a clear understanding of the fact that several factors need to work in tandem for a country to enhance its employment rates. And this is exactly what sets IFFCOYuva apart from other job search portals in India.

The Objective At Hand Is Clear.

Created in line with the government’s initiative of digitizing India, IFFCOYuva presents an assortment of job opportunities across various small to big cities in the nation. However, there’s a lot more that job seekers can find out and benefit from, once they visit the website.

Prime among the aspects that make IFFCOYuva, an online job portal, different from others in the nation, are: –

New and Promising Job Opportunities

At IFFCOYuva, job seekers can find job in companies in different industries. This multitude usually consists of all sorts of firms, ranging from well-established names to innovative and promising start-ups. Other than that, one can also find job postings by government departments and agencies on this job portal.  

Free Skill-Enhancement Options

To help prepare job seekers meet different job requirements, IFFCOYuva offers modules for skill development. These modules are offered across different professional categories, from fitters to managers, and are created in a MCQ-format (multiple choice questions) for easy learning. What makes these modules even better is that job seekers can avail them for free.  

Job Seekers Can Take Assessments For Free

Preparing for a job interview takes time, effort and aptitude. Therefore, besides learning, IFFCOYuva also offers free practice test papers to candidates to help them with preparations and self-assessments. There are three levels to these tests, and candidates are free to select between timing their tests or not. Apart from preparatory tests, there are certification assessments as well, clearing which can help individuals gain a certification in their specific fields.

Employers Can Post Jobs For Free

Even organizations and agencies get to benefit from the services of IFFCOYuva. Unlike other job portals in India, IFFCOYuva offers job posting services to employers, completely free of charge. These free services give well-known firms a boost to keep posting jobs on this website, and also help newly established or micro-firms save money on job postings.

There’s Another Reason for Jobseekers to Prefer IFFCOYuva

In addition to the above, both job seekers and employers benefit from reliable and quality services with IFFCOYuva. IFFCO is a name that is well-recognized throughout India and abroad for its quality services and innovations. The organization has the same on offer in the form of its new and fortifying initiative, IFFCOYuva.

Conclusively, these features, coupled with the user-friendly interface of our online job portal, helps ensure that IFFCOYuva is accessible to one and all. We believe it is a step that can go a long way in helping address the skill gap, and foster employment opportunities for the Indian youth for the years to come.  

 

10 Tips for Guest Blogging

Be The Best Guest Blogger, Know How

If you are a good writer and you want to promote your brand then you can try Guest Blogging. Create your own blog and showcase your expertise and knowledge. Consider the following steps to get your blog done right.

Read the guidelines carefully

When you are posting articles on the guest posting sites you must follow all the guidelines set forth by the editor of that site. The format must be similar to the ones already posted to the site. You must follow each and every rules and guidelines to get accepted for writing for that guest post website. Guidelines include rules such as – use of proper and decent images from acceptable sources, guest post author biography and headshot, remember the number of links you are allowed to use in a guest post, you must be careful about the word count, it must not be less than the mentioned word count. Your writing must have a formal tone. Write a guest post using these guidelines and your writing will stand out.

Be innovative while using your expertise

You must be an expert in your field of knowledge. Audience always wants something new. So if you could brainstorm and bring out some ideas which your target audience still did not think of, this can make your work stand out and it will be the subject of talk for the people.

Let your imagination flow

A flow in your guest post is very necessary to keep your target readers engaged. Your post must have continuity and it must appear to the reader that it have been written in one shot (even if it took days to complete).

Search Engine Friendly content

You must write title in H1 header. You will need to bold the sub-headings. You can also use H2, H3 and so on. You should write concise and clear paragraphs. You can use bullet points and numbering when required. Neatly organizing your guest post also saves the time of the editor. They can copy and easily paste your work. SEO friendly guest posting creates traffic to your guest post website and thus increases awareness.

Know the format

You usually need to use the Keywords properly. You can use the keywords in different sections of your article. You can add keywords in the title, body copy and even in meta description.

Link your sites

Do not forget to put the links to your own site in the post. You can even add links of other Seo authoritative sites which have high domain authority.

Use images in your post

As a guest post author you should always want your copy to be exceptional. The work of the Editor gets tedious as they checks number of copies together. When you use visuals in your post, you make it stand out. It also attracts readers.

Check your work thoroughly before submitting

Before submitting your work you can proofread your article to avoid some silly mistakes. You should check the spellings and grammar. Posts which are without any kind of mistakes are easily accepted. The guest post author also can make himself known for submitting fresh and clean articles.

Prove your knowledge

You must always write in such a way that the readers realize that you know much about a particular topic. Even if you do not know your writing must not reveal the truth. You must be spontaneous in your writing and must research facts and figures and put those together.

Call to Action (CTA)

At the end of your post you will tell the readers what they should do. They must be guided by you about what they are supposed to do next.

How To Fix A Toxic Culture Without Firing People

Is there anything you don’t find right around your office? Do you see a toxic environment in work? Do you feel the employees are tired, discouraged or overworked? If you do see these kinds of symptoms happening with more than two or three employees, there is a high chance that some kind of toxic culture has entered your workplace. It will have a bad effect on your business as well as on the employees. You know what unhappy workers lead to. They are less productive, prone to commit more mistakes and try to leave the toxic workplace as quickly as possible. And the moment the word spreads out it becomes very difficult for the company to come out of the wrong reputation.

It is very important that you address to the problem as soon as possible. You need to clear up the negative work environment, if not, then your employees will leave your company, which will harm your productivity. But there are a few ways to fix a toxic culture without firing people.

Identify the problems in behaviour

Every company is a unique institution. Hence, every company has its own bad work culture. But how a company has give into the toxicity determines what form of toxicity it has. So there is no one solution for the problem. The first step towards identifying the problem is examining the culture of the business to understand the specific challenges.

You need to start by taking a look around and be prepared for the hard truths as sometimes what you find might be unpleasant and unexpected. The common problems which you might find among the employees are gossiping, bullying, poor communication, taking excessive leaves, suffering illness and fatigue. The employees may also want to leave the company due to favouritism, unrealistic deadlines and unsafe and morally incorrect work atmosphere. These are the issues you need to identify and solve as soon as possible.

Delve deeper into the roots of the problem

It is important to know who is in charge of the company leadership and what values they are bringing in. They must not have discriminatory behaviour, should not dehumanize employees, should not have aggressive or hostile leadership qualities and should not show lack of appreciation. All these problematic attitudes and negative behaviours create a stressful work environment. It is the work of the incharge of compensation management to look after the needs of employees.

Plan your reparing strategy

Once you understand the problem, it becomes easier to look for the cure. The first important step is to listen to your employees. It is important to listen to the grievances and look after their issues. The deadlines and workloads  should be achievable. The communication between the employee and employer should be clear and transparent. It leads to less frustration and delay of work if the employee is clear about what he/she is supposed to do. Acknowledge when someone performs well and treat every employee equally.

Implement your plan

It is important to show the changes in action. Communicate with your employee and bring in the rewarding factor. It inspires the employees to give their best. You should not think twice before removing any employee who is not in support of the new work environment. Every employee should be given equal opportunity and ample time to adjust. Another thing which you should keep in mind is bringing in diversity while choosing your employees.

Also Read – Importance of Employee Compensation And Benefits