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. 

Wednesday
Oct012014

Southern Illinois Occupational Safety and Health (SIOSH) Day Conference

Written by Lori Amerman, IMEC Operations Coordinator and OSHA Authorized Trainer

The Southern Illinois Occupational Safety & Health (SIOSH) Day conference will be on October 30th in Carterville, Illinois. We are excited to announce a full line up of presentations from the U.S. Department of Labor and Illinois Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health programs.

A series of blogs will be produced to share resources on the topics to be presented. This should help prepare company safety teams to gain a better understanding of tools available and prepare staff.

REGISTER NOW for SIOSH Day 2014

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Paid Sick Leave Laws Are Here — And Growing!

What Do Multi-State Companies Need To Do To Comply? … from IMA member Jackson Lewis LLP …

With the enactment of the California Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (AB1522), California became the second state in the nation, after Connecticut, to require that employers provide their employees — including part-time and temporary workers — paid sick leave. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. New Jersey will be considering a paid sick leave law by the end of September, and Massachusetts voters will have a referendum on the ballot in November. In addition, eleven municipalities now have paid sick leave laws, from San Francisco to Newark to D.C., and numerous other local governments are considering similar laws. During this webinar, we will review the new California law in addition to these other sick leave laws.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Are you prepared for a business interruption?

From IMA member Associated Financial Group …

Criminal activity and natural disasters are a danger that can strike an organization at any time. To prepare for the unexpected, you should review your security and disaster readiness plans to help minimize the impact of any potentially threatening situation. You should also ensure you have the proper insurance coverage to protect against loss of income and other expense not covered by property insurance.

Without prior planning and protection, you leave your company open to financial disaster, especially if you are forced to close operations for any length of time. In addition, without a proper plan to cope with a disaster situation, your organization may face lawsuits from clients, vendors or employees claiming negligence.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars

SBA and Small Business Majority will continue to host free Affordable Care Act 101 webinars so small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and how they can enroll in health insurance marketplaces. Join us every Thursday at 2 PM.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Ignorance is bliss . . . until it’s not: Background checks as screening tools

From IMA member Associated Financial Group …

The fight-or-flight instinct is hard-wired into all of us, and influences decisions we make in ways that we often don’t notice — even when those decisions are made in settings that should be driven by a rational thought process.

Don’t believe me? Studies have demonstrated that we make fundamental judgments about other people within seven seconds of meeting them, even though we may know nothing about them. In turn, these snap judgments influence our perceptions about the other person, and thus the way we choose to interact with him or her.

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