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Back injuries are a primary source of workers’ comp claims and legal disputes over disability. But you don’t have to wait for trouble. The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has a checklist to help you train workers to stay healthy. It provides a series of preventive strategies that reduce the odds of injury. Examples include providing regular rest breaks for employees who do strenuous physical work, having them alternate between standing and sitting tasks and using equipment that stops potentially harmful vibrations. Read the checklist at www.acoem.org/whatsnew/98ldchck.htm.
Your employee handbook can be an invaluable organizational tool … or an employment lawsuit waiting to happen. And in recent years, Congress and state legislatures have been busy enacting laws that directly affect your employee handbook. If you haven't kept up, you could find yourself in court....Click here to find out more.