Culture Change Begins with the Safety Orientation Session


By: Antonio Arzate, Consultant – Loss Control Services

A safety orientation session should include the following:

Their contributions matter - Begin by helping workers understand their roles and the company’s mission.

Treat them like people - Every individual in the room want to know that he or she is important, and that his/her opinions and experiences are valuable. How is the easiest way to do that? Use their names. By doing that, you’ve treated the questioner as a respected peer, rather than as a student.

Changes Looming for Overtime Exemption Rules


By: Linda Drassen, BSM, MM/HRM, PHR; Director of Operations – Human Resource Services

The Importance of Developing a Safety Culture


By: Antonio Arzate, Consultant – Loss Control Services

Is the safety of your employees important to you? Is the safety of your employees important to their spouse, children, and family? I hope that the answer to the last two questions is an emphatic yes!

ACA Employee Mandate Here to Stay


By: Jennifer Black, Risk Advisor – Employee Benefits

For many businesses, 2015 has brought back the Affordable Care Act employer mandate that was delayed in 2013. Now that we know the employer mandate is not going away, what does a business owner need to know in order to be compliant?

Product Recall Insurance Park of Product Risk Planning


By: Julie Davis, CIC, Risk Advisor – Property & Casualty

E-Verify: Not Time to Panic…Yet


IBTX strives to keep our clients abreast of major changes that may affect their businesses. Some of you may have received an advertisement (cleverly disguised as a fact) that states all Texas employers are now required to begin using E-Verify for all employees. I have to admit, it looks real, but I can assure you that this is NOT the case.

Governor Rick Perry has signed an Executive Order which makes it mandatory for STATE AGENCIES to begin using E-Verify. Private employers still have a choice whether or not to begin using the system.

OSHA Revised Reporting Rule for Worker Injuries


IBTX strives to keep our clients abreast of major changes that may affect their businesses. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye.

Under the revised severe injury rule, employers will be required to notify OSHA of work-related fatalities within 8 hours, and work-related in-patient hospitalizations, amputations or losses of an eye within 24 hours.

The Final Countdown, Complying with ACA Mandates


As we countdown to the end of 2014, the Obama administration has not yet revealed if there will be any delays to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for employers with 100+ employees. Currently, all the medical insurance carriers in Texas are jockeying for the uninsured businesses with baited breath. Although they may have solutions, the cost may be more than some construction employers will be able to absorb and still remain competitive.

Helping New Managers and Supervisors Succeed


Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly – Proverb.

The Major Impact of Proposed EMR Changes


Everyone who is involved with Workers Compensation Insurance is very familiar with the Experience Modification Rate (EMR). This article is to advise you about some possible changes that will be made to the EMRs, and how these changes could financially impact your company. For those of you in the construction industry it may even impact your ability to bid on new work.