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
Aug262015

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois’ private exchange now offers employers increased plan options, member support and transparency tools

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) recently announced several enhancements to its Blue Directions self-service, private exchange solution for large employers, and available now for the upcoming 2016 benefit plan year. Based on a defined contribution strategy, Blue Directions allows employers to commit a flat-dollar amount of money to each employee for coverage. The employee can then use this amount toward the purchase of benefits unique to their needs. BCBSIL’s Blue Directions platform brings many of the same features of online shopping to the selection of employer-sponsored benefits. This convenient, user-friendly microsite helps employers easily select benefit plans, manage enrollment, anticipate expenditures and customize contribution strategies.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

OSHA updates National Emphasis Program on amputations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued an updated National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

The NEP has been in existence since 2006 and is targeted to industries with high numbers and rates of amputations. In this updated NEP, OSHA is using current enforcement data and Bureau of Labor Statistics injury data to assist with site selection targeting, the same methodology used in the prior NEP.

According to the most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data, manufacturing employers report that 2,000 workers suffered amputations in 2013. The rate of amputations in the manufacturing sector was more than twice as much (1.7 per 10,000 full-time employees) as that of all private industry (0.7). These serious injuries are preventable by following basic safety precautions.

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Wednesday
Aug192015

FREE Webinar from Manufacturers Insurance Services: Illinois Manufacturers Best Practices

Workers Compensation X-MOD and Legislation Updates — August 25th, 9:00-10:00 am

How low can your X-Mod go? What factors determine your X-Mod? How can you lower your X-Mod factor? Are you receiving proper discounts/credits on your X-Mod factor? What are the latest updates on workers compensation legislation? Save up to $200,000 on workers compensation premiums over three years by analyzing your Experience Mod.

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Wednesday
Aug192015

The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s 2015-2016 Annual Compensation Report is now available

We again this year partnered with IMA member companies, Verisight, Inc., and Valley Industrial Association (VIA) to survey IMA and VIA members to compile the results for this year’s survey. Considering Verisight’s input and expertise in this endeavor, we think you’ll find this year’s report even more valuable than in the past. The survey questionnaires and/or access to the survey were sent to IMA and VIA members throughout the state of Illinois in March 2015. Data presented represents approximately 194 manufacturing-related job titles reported statewide and by six Illinois labor markets. We also list information on annual incentives used by manufacturers to help keep and increase performance of their workers.

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Wednesday
Aug192015

From Plante Moran: Independent Contractor Definition Changed

On July 15, 2015, the DOL issued Administrator’s Interpretation No. 2015-01, “The Application of the Fair Labor Standards Act’s ‘Suffer or Permit’ Standard in the Identification of Employees Who Are Misclassified as Independent Contractors.” Independent contractors that are ultimately determined to be employees are likely entitled to a broad spectrum of employee benefits as well as employer-paid Social Security and Medicare benefits.

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