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
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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Thursday
May052016

Investing in Apprenticeship, Investing in Our People

By Secretary Tom Perez on April 21, 2016 …

The Obama administration is “all in” on apprenticeship for a simple reason: it works. The learn-while-you-earn model is tried-and-true. It works for workers, it works for employers and it works for national economic growth. The average starting salary for an apprenticeship graduate is over $50,000 a year. On the employer side, apprenticeship is a great strategy for recruiting and retaining top-notch workers who keep the business productive and profitable. It’s a win for taxpayers, too – historically, for every $1 invested by the public in apprenticeship, we see about $27 in economic activity in return.

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Wednesday
Apr272016

From the U.S. DOL: Family and Medical Leave Act Employer Guide

Since its enactment in 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has served as the cornerstone of the Department of Labor’s efforts to promote work-life balance and we have worked in support of the principle that no workers should have to choose between the job they need and the family they love. With the FMLA, our country made it a priority to give workers the ability to balance the demands of work and family. It made the healthy development of babies, healthy families, and healthy workplaces a priority. It was a remarkable accomplishment at the time and, since its enactment, the FMLA has been used more than 100 million times to help workers balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of their families and their own health.

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Wednesday
Apr272016

WCRI CompScopeTM Reports Examine Cost Drivers and Impact of Reform in Various State Workers’ Comensation Systems

The factors behind changing costs in state workers’ compensation systems, including the impact of legislative and regulatory reform on those costs, are examined in a new 18-state study released today by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). These comprehensive reference reports measure the performance of different state workers’ compensation systems, how they compare with each other, and how they have changed over time. The reports, CompScope™ Benchmarks, 16th Edition, are designed to help policymakers and others benchmark state system performance or a company’s workers’ compensation program. The benchmarks provide an excellent baseline for tracking the effectiveness of policy changes and identifying important trends. They examine how income benefits, overall medical payments, costs, use of benefits, duration of disability, litigiousness, benefit delivery expenses, timeliness of payment, and other metrics of system performance have changed from 2009 through 2014, with claims experience through 2015.

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Wednesday
Apr202016

Illinois Manufacturers’ Best Practices Webinar: April 28th — The Link Between Wellness & Workers’ Compensation

For many businesses Workers’ Compensation costs are in the top five annual expenses. While having an effective safety program is important to the overall success of your Workers’ Compensation program, safety alone isn’t enough.

Forward thinking companies have learned that Wellness Programs are not just vague initiatives aimed at employee morale, rather they see them as a key strategy for improving Workers’ Compensation results.

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