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How Anyone Can Stand Up For Their Right To A Safer Workplace

In What You Need To Know About Small Business on December 1, 2016 at 7:54 am

We all know that our employers have a duty to fulfill certain rights of the worker. One of the most important of those rights is our right to a healthy and safe work environment. Yet, if you fear that your employer isn’t taking those rights seriously, you don’t have to sit and take it. Instead, you can take matters into your own hands.

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Address the problem

If you’re concerned that health and safety aren’t up to standard, then it’s best to start by beginning a dialogue. Discuss with your employer some of your concerns about the workplace. Whether it’s a fire risk or something like office furniture causing back pains. Most people are reasonable and will try to fix negligence when they know it’s a problem. If they fail to do so, that’s when you should consider formal action against them.

Offer to take on the role

Sometimes, an employer simply might not be able to put the proper effort towards maintaining workplace health and safety. You can help by delegating your own time to help them take care of it. Suggest getting health and safety training and acting as a safety officer within the business. Organizations like the Red Cross offer all kinds of inexpensive training. Your boss, if they’re reasonable, should be happy that you’re so willing to help make the workplace better.

Help look after the environment

The work environment itself can have a huge impact on how safe it is. Clutter and mess caused by employees can be a big danger in causing slips, trips, and falls, for instance. By taking care of your own mess and leading effective workplace housekeeping by example, you are doing your bit to tackle the risk of injury. Talk to your coworkers about it and you should find them hopefully as willing to help out.

Hold your employer accountable

If your employer isn’t reasonable, however, then the gloves come off. Don’t fear taking them to task legally on their responsibilities. Some fear reprisal, but you have legal protection against that. If you’re discriminated or harassed because of your actions, you can get legal help with that, too. If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of your employer, then look into getting help from people like Cogan and Power, PC.. Don’t let their substandard approach to health and safety go unchecked.

Be sure to take care of your mental health, too

Physical injury isn’t the only harmful effect of a negligent approach to health and safety. Your employer has just as much of a responsibility for taking care of the team’s emotional and mental health, too. For example, if a poor work-life balance or loss of sleep leads to stress or anxiety, they are duty-bound to help alleviate the situation. No-one should be expected to ‘cope’ with an environment of extreme stress.

Discussion, preparation, and maintaining standards are the best way to keep health and safety as a priority in the workplace. But if that fails, you shouldn’t fear taking your employer to task on it. Everyone’s right to safety in the workplace is important.

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Protecting Your Turf: Making Sure Crime Isn’t Occurring In Your Business

In What You Need To Know About Small Business on November 30, 2016 at 7:37 am

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We probably all know by now just because someone wears a suit and sits at a desk, it doesn’t mean they’re not engaging in crime! Sure, the crime may be nonviolent. But it’s crime nonetheless, right? The sort of crime I’m referring to here is known legally as white collar crime. It tends to involve the abuse of one’s capabilities in business and finance.

You may think that you have nothing to worry about here. But do you know for sure that none of your employees could be putting your business at risk with such behavior? Heck, can you even say for sure that you’re not ignorantly breaking the law?

It’s important that you get to know a bit more about this area of law. It will help reduce the risk of your business getting into trouble!

What crimes can occur in business?

The most common crime in small businesses and fraudulent record keeping and tax evasion. The former sees a business “cooking the books” to make it look more profitable than it actually is. The latter… well, the latter is tax evasion. If you haven’t registered your business with the IRS correctly, you may be guilty of it! Payroll fraud isn’t too common, but it’s serious business if it occurs. A business may inadvertently commit it if they don’t update employee records correctly. Embezzlement, of course, is another example.

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What to do if you’re investigated or accused

They may be nonviolent, but that doesn’t mean that white collar crimes are looked upon lightly compared to other crimes. There are people out there serving whole-life sentences for white collar crime! And if you’re not sent to jail, heavy fines or business penalties are almost guaranteed. The agencies that conduct the investigations are not pushovers by any definition. The FBI, IRS, SEC, and the U.S. Treasury all investigate the issues. If you are accused of such activity, get legal help. Firms like Keller Law Offices offer the sort of services you’ll need.

Learning the law

The best way to avoid this sort of thing is to get fully versed in business law. So many white collar crimes could be committed due to incompetence or lack of learning. Getting your head around business law and regulations is absolutely essential. After all, ignorance has rarely ever been allowed as a legitimate excuse in a court of law. The truth is that pleading ignorance is rarely going to help you, even if you’re telling the truth!

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Employee monitoring

Background checks on candidates should always be carried out in financial or insurance business. But a background check, of course, won’t tell you everything you need to know. So it’s best to simply keep an eye on your employees. A lot of small businesses don’t really like the idea of monitoring their employees in any serious capacity. It seems unnecessary at best, Orwellian at worst. I’m not saying you should have a camera trained on every employee at all times. What I’m saying is that you shouldn’t let your guard down. You shouldn’t make assumptions. Keep an eye out for any suspicious data or discrepancies.

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Gratitude

In Un-Business Stuff on November 24, 2016 at 3:50 pm

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Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

~Unknown Poet

Thank you, Andy Restivo, for sharing with our organization.