Welcome to the IMA Human Resources Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Human Resources Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review. 

Thursday
Sep182014

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries and updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

The announcement follows preliminary results from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries.

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Thursday
Sep182014

Workforce Drug Test Positivity Rate Increases for the First Time in 10 Years, Driven by Marijuana and Amphetamines, Finds Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index

Colorado and Washington experience surges in marijuana tests positivity rate, but data suggests state legalization of recreational marijuana may not be sole driver of increases

The percentage of positive drug tests among American workers has increased for the first time in more than a decade, fueled by a rise in marijuana and amphetamines, according to an analysis of 8.5 million urine, oral fluid and hair workplace drug test results released today by Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services.

The Quest Diagnostics Drug Testing Index (DTI) shows that the positivity rate for 7.6 million urine drug tests in the combined U.S. workforce increased to 3.7 percent in 2013, compared to 3.5 percent in 2012. The relative increase of 5.7 percent year-over-year is the first time the positivity rate for combined national workplace urine drug tests has increased since 2003. Quest Diagnostics has analyzed annual workplace drug testing data since 1988.

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Thursday
Sep112014

IMA’s 2014-2015 Compensation Report Now Available

For this year’s survey, the IMA has again partnered with IMA member company Verisight, Inc. and Valley Industrial Association (VIA) to survey IMA and VIA members and compile the results.

This year’s report presents data for 194 manufacturing-related job titles, reported statewide and by Illinois labor markets. We hope you find the 2014-2015 Compensation Report to be a valuable tool in your compensation considerations.

You can purchase a PDF version of this report by CLICKING HERE and submitting the form.

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Thursday
Sep112014

Pre-Register for September 18 Veteran Hiring Event to Maximize Job Opportunities

IDVA, IDES and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Partner to Put Veterans to Work; More than 150 On-the-Spot Job Offers Last Year

Hiring Our Heroes, one of the largest efforts to help Veterans and their family members find employment, returns to Chicago on Thursday, September 18. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) and Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) are primary hosts. The Aon-sponsored event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago.

More than 100 Chicago-area businesses are hiring to fill immediate job openings. Therefore, Veteran pre registration is critical to hiring success.

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Thursday
Sep112014

Illinois workers comp rates to drop 5.5% in 2015

Illinois businesses will see a 5.5% cut in workers compensation rates as of Jan. 1, 2015, a spokesman for the state said Tuesday.

The 5.5% rate cut, which was proposed in July by the Boca Raton, Florida-based National Council on Compensation Insurance Inc., was reviewed by the Illinois Department of Insurance and considered acceptable on Aug. 29, a department spokesman said.

The decrease brings Illinois’ total rate reduction since 2011 to more than 19%, saving employers in the state a total of more than $450 million, according to a news release issued by Gov. Pat Quinn’s office.

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