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
May262016

OSHA’s New Electronic Injury Reporting Rule

Effective May 13th, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to modernize injury data collection to better inform workers, employers, the public and OSHA about workplace hazards.

Under the new rule, all establishments with 250 or more employees in industries covered by the record keeping regulation must electronically submit to OSHA injury and illness information from OSHA Forms 300, 300A, and 301.

Establishments with 20-249 employees in certain industries must electronically submit information from OSHA Form 300A only.

The new requirements take effect Aug. 10, 2016, with phased in data submissions beginning in 2017. These requirements do not add to or change an employer’s obligation to complete and retain injury and illness records under the OSHA regulations.

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Thursday
May262016

These five social media posts spell trouble for hiring managers

by Robert Lentz, Business Management Daily

“Before you go on a profile hunt, remember that what is seen can’t be unseen — and that phrase means more to HR folks than anybody else.” — How to Recruit & Hire in the Social Media Era

A recent Harris Poll found that we have all crossed a very dramatic divide: Most employers asked said they were now using social networking sites to research job candidates. An actual majority!

Sure, you can tell from surfing around if an applicant’s résumé is generally matching up to reality, and if that person’s online conduct is professional and self-aware. The problem is that you’re often going to find out too much, opening yourself up to a discrimination claim if you lean away from someone whose information gives you a bad vibe. You need to stay away from vibes as much as possible, and do your best to focus on words and images that tell you whether someone can do the job or not—period.

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Thursday
May192016

Illinois Manufacturers Best Practices May 26th Webinar: Growth Strategies for Manufacturers

presented by MIS of Illinois, the IMA’s insurance services partner …

MIS of Illinois, an Affinity Partner of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, presents Growth Strategies for Manufacturers, Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:00am CST. As a member of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association you are entitled to participate in this free educational webinar scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:00AM CST.

Are you not achieving the new business results that you’d like? Manufacturers who crush their new business goals have clarity around three things:

• A detailed growth strategy that builds in accountability for all key stakeholders.

• Thorough understanding of how to sell in today’s environment.

• How to fund their marketing efforts.

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Thursday
May192016

NIOSH Releases 5th Edition of Manual of Analytical Methods

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released the 5th edition of the NIOSH Manual of Analytical Methods (NMAM). This latest edition of NMAM is the first electronic-only edition. The new electronic only format will still allow users to print copies of the methods as PDFs, but also allows for updates as new methods and guidance chapters are added. NMAM is a compilation of sampling and analytical methods for air, biological, surface and bulk samples that are evaluated according to established experimental protocols and performance criteria for use in workplace exposure monitoring. Workers may be at risk for inhalation or dermal exposures to chemicals or biological agents while on the job. These methods describe how to collect samples and analyze them against known standards. The results can indicate whether action is needed to reduce exposure. At the launch, the 5th edition will include 57 methods and 10 new or updated guidance chapters (covering topics such as sampling workplace aerosols, monitoring diesel exhaust, and measurement of fibers). This edition also adds six new biomonitoring methods.

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Thursday
May052016

Absenteeism in the Workplace: Seven Ways to Resolve this Bottom Line Killer

By Caron Beesley, Contributor to the Small Business Administration blog

Employees are the lifeblood of a small business but they are also human and need time off to deal with sickness, manage family needs, and fulfill civic commitments like jury duty.

Personal time off is essential, but what happens when it becomes a problem? Persistent absenteeism (habitual and intentional time off) is a chronic problem for U.S. employees costing $3,600 per hourly employee per year, and $2,650 per salaried employee per year.

Not only does absenteeism effect your bottom line, it increases everyone’s workload leading to poor quality output and a sour atmosphere all round!

Absences occur for many reasons — burnout, stress, bullying, low morale, job hunting, etc. There’s also a generational element when it comes to absenteeism. Research suggests that millennials are more likely to skip a day when they feel anxious, whereas as baby boomers value showing up for work, even when they are under the weather.

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