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As your local health insurance expert, we wanted to inform you about a new federal overtime law that requires employers to begin paying overtime to salaried, full-year, white collar employees who make less than $47,476 annually. This new law resulted from updates to the Department of Labor's overtime regulations.
The income threshold of $47,476 has not been adjusted for regional differences, so this will most likely have a greater impact on businesses in the Midwest.
If you have questions, please give IBC a call at 712-277-2424 or email us at email@example.com. We would be happy to discuss any questions you have about this new law.
Thank you for your time and have a great day!
The arrival of summer temperatures can leave some employers unsure about how to set dress standards that are both in line with the company image and in compliance with the law. The tips below may be helpful.
Make Sure Dress Code Policies are Clearly Communicated
An employer's dress code will more likely be observed if it is communicated in a clear and unambiguous manner, including:
Be Conscious of Non-Discrimination Laws
Federal law generally permits employers to establish dress codes which apply to all employees or to employees within certain job categories. However, employers subject to laws enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) should keep the following guidelines in mind:
Uniform Policies Must Comply with Wage and Hour Laws
Uniforms present unique challenges for employers. Generally, if an employer requires that employees wear a particular color, such clothing would not be a uniform. However, if a specific type and style of clothing is required or if clothing containing the employer's emblem or logo must be worn at work, such clothing would generally be considered a uniform.
If an employer requires its employees to bear the cost of their uniforms, their wages may not be reduced below the required minimum wage or overtime compensation.
Note: Be sure to comply with any applicable state and local laws, and consult with an employment law attorney to identify issues that may be unique to your workplace.
Cut sugar for pain relief and you'll build a better diet.
The message is clear: Less sugar means better health. You may already know that excess sugar has been linked with heart disease, diabetes, dementia, asthma, and skin disorders. But did you know that ditching sugar may relieve chronic pain? “Sugar in any form — be it honey, corn syrup, white sugar, and so on — increases insulin levels in your body, which tells your body to make inflammatory markers, and those markers cause pain,” explains Brenda Powell, MD, an integrative medicine specialist and fellowship director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine.
Picture a cut on your skin. Now picture that cut becoming infected. It’s red and tender, swollen and hot. That same reaction is what happens when you eat sugar. Now that’s not so sweet, right? But we’re not just talking about foods that actually taste sweet. All simple (stripped) carbohydrates — white rice and white flour, for example — are seen by the body as sugar. The same goes for all those gluten-free baked goods made with corn starch, rice flour, and potato starch. “They’re terrible for your health,” says Dr. Powell.
So what should you eat as part of an anti-inflammatory diet? Lots of fruits and vegetables! Even though there’s some sugar in fruits and selected vegetables, there’s loads of fiber too, so your body breaks them down more slowly and there’s no inflammatory reaction. You can add whole grains such as brown rice, barley, or farro for energy, and lean protein for building muscle, but don’t overdo it, warns Dr. Powell. Picture your plate at every meal, and make sure you have a healthy ratio: two-thirds fruits and vegetables and one-third protein and grains, including nourishing fats. With a delicious diet full of fruits and vegetables, you won’t even miss the sugar!
Meet Dr. Powell and other Cleveland Clinic experts at our Women's Wellness Week retreat, November 10-17, 2016, on beautiful Captiva Island. You'll learn how to improve your health and happiness through exercise, nutrition, stress management, Energy Medicine, and more. View the brochure, complete program, price packages, and online registration process by visiting www.clevelandclinic.org/wellnessretreat.
With Independence Day right around the corner, firework safety is top-of-mind.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reminds people that fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burns and eye injuries.
From the Cleveland Clinic:
Ahhh…summer! The sun and warmth, lush greenery, and adventures with family and friends are a stellar recipe for relaxation. So why, oh why, can sleep be elusive during this easy, breezy time of year? In a word…or rather, two: light and heat. Exposure to natural light is essential for a normal circadian rhythm (your body’s sleep/wake clock), but the extended daylight during summer can throw things off. The result: you’re not tired at bedtime. To trick your brain into winding down, perform a slight of hand by using blackout shades in the evening. Dim the lights in your home at night, too, and don’t forget to power down your screens, which can contribute to insomnia anytime of year! Onto the next summer sleep hurdle: the heat and humidity. Research has shown that dry, cool air (60 to 68 degrees) is ideal for sleep. That doesn’t fit well with the dog days of summer. Air conditioning is one solution, but a short, cool shower before bed, a cool bandana, lightweight PJs, and a good old-fashioned fan in your bedroom also work great. With sound sleep at night, you’ll be able to truly enjoy the bright, sunny days of summer.
IBC EHS Roundtable
OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Course
IBC's Risk Manager, Aaron Iacino, will be conducting a 4 day OSHA 30 Hour General Industry Course. It will be a 4 day course held at IBC's Safety Center at 617 Water Street.
Dates and times:
March 13, 2019 8:00am-5:00pm
March 15, 2019 8:00am-5:00pm
March 18, 2019 8:00am-5:00pm
March 20, 2019 8:00am-5:00pm
This is a great course for managers and supervisors to learn site hazards and how to correct and prevent them. Please call Aaron Iacino at 712-222-1493 for pricing. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org
IBC's 3rd Anuual Safety Conference 'Making Safety the New Norm'
Counter Ambush for Active Shooter Survival
IBC's Counter Ambush for Active Shooter Survival Course will be on March 29, 2019 from 2:00pm-4:00pm at IBC's Safety Center at 617 Water Street.
This course will teach people how to perform a counter ambush on an active shooter. Run, Hide, and Fight are the three steps to surviving an active shooter event. This course focuses on the third and last resort step, Fight.
We will have hands on exercises and drills where everyone who wants to, will perform the latest and greatest counter ambush techniques on a role-playing active shooter. Anyone can perform these drills regardless of physical fitness or prior training.
Price: $20.00 per person
Please call 712-277-2424 or email Angie.email@example.com to register.