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
Jan282015

Workers Compensation: Are Physician Dispensing Reforms Sustainable?

From the Workers Compensation Research Institute …

After 18 states enacted reforms to limit the prices paid to doctors for prescriptions they write and dispense, a new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) finds that physician-dispensers in Illinois and California discovered a new way to continue charging and to get paid two to three times the price of a drug when compared with pharmacies.

“When prices are reduced by regulation, the regulated parties―in this case physician-dispensers―sometimes find new ways to retain the higher revenues they had prior to the reforms,” said Dr. Richard Victor, WCRI’s executive director. “Although this study uses data from two large states, it raises questions for all states where physician-dispensing prices are regulated.”

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Wednesday
Jan282015

DIOSH DAY 2015: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, Peoria Civic Center, Peoria

DIOSH Day is for employers, employees, and all others interested in safety and health. Experts in the field will present a program on the most current issues in safety and health today. Many governmental agencies will have booths in the exhibit area. This is a great opportunity to get your workplace safety questions answered in a neutral setting. For more information or to register, visit http://www.dioshday.com.

Wednesday
Jan142015

Free Webinar Series: Top Data Privacy and Security Issues for 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 — 12:00 noon-1:00 pm CST — from IMA member Jackson Lewis

In 2014 we saw a number of significant events and legal developments in the world of data privacy and security, and we see no signs of that slowing in 2015. In connection with National Data Privacy Day, Jackson Lewis, co-Practice Group Leaders, Nicky Jatana and Joe Lazzarotti, will kick-off a series of webinars for the year that will address a wide range of data privacy and security issues for businesses. This inaugural session will touch on some of the key issues to watch for in 2015, including:

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Wednesday
Jan142015

Remaining Union Free in the Era of the Ambush Organizing

February 5, 2015, Schaumburg — from IMA member Pautsch, Spognardi & Baiocchi …

Pautsch, Spognardi & Baiocchi Legal Group will be presenting a fast-paced, and highly interactive training program for executives, managers, and front-line supervisors on the latest trends on maintaining union-free status in today’s workplace. This training will focus on:

Immunizing Against the New NLRB Quickie Election Rules;

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Wednesday
Jan072015

Employers — Your Email Policy is Illegal — Now What?

Webinar from IMA member Ice Miller … January 16, 2015, 12:00 noon–1:00 pm … on the Web

Join Ice Miller for a discussion led by Ice Miller Partners, Ryan Poor, Mark Ford, Manolis Boulukos and Paul Bittner on January 16 from noon to 1:00 p.m.

In a 3-2 decision issued Dec.11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that employers who allow employees access to company email systems must generally allow nonbusiness communications, including for statutorily protected activities such as union organizing, during nonworking time.

Join Ice Miller partners as they discuss why the impact of this ruling on employer practices and policies is significant and what you need to do immediately to comply.

Ice Miller will also offer coverage of the new “ambush election” rules coming in February. Register here