It's A Bird, It's A Plane.......It's OSHA

June 3, 2019

On May 18, 2018 OSHA issued an internal memorandum to its regional administrators directing the procedures for the use of "drones" during health and safety inspections. They have reportedly been used so far on nearly a dozen worksite inspections. In order to protect yourself from unauthorized searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment, it is important to know the do's and don'ts  for OSHA when attempting to conduct surveillance of your worksite. Normally, even without a warrant, you can limit the scope of an OSHA inspection depending upon the type:  a hazard complaint based inspection typically only allows OSHA to look at the equipment or area of issue.  However, even during a limited scope inspection, if OSHA observes a violation in "plain view," that justifie...

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Is the economy helping to raise you business insurance rates?

May 6, 2019

We have received a number of calls from members asking why they are being quoted such high rates when their business insurance renews?

The answer is partially due to the good economy we have been experiencing.  With an aging population and a low unemployment rate, businesses are find...

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Notice of Proposed Rule Making: Overtime Update

April 1, 2019

On March 7, 2019 the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime.  The question to start asking yourself and your managers is "how will this rule affect our business?"

Under currently enforced law, empl...

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What Are You Doing Today To Increase Business in 2020?

March 4, 2019

Based on a large volume of member calls and attendance at a number of shows, the consensus is that business is not as strong as people would like and many business owners have said their companies have "excess manufacturing capacity."  In other words, people can use more business.

Wh...

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Tariffs - What Will They Do To Your Business????

February 4, 2019

We have received many calls from members talking about the affects that proposed tariffs if enacted will have on their business.  We are hearing from many log/lumber suppliers that have explained that over 50% of their sales are now destined for Asia.  They have explained how their busi...

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