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WorkSaver News – April, 2018

by Richard Bunch, April 12, 2018

Course Offering: CBES Ergonomics and Wellness Course for Safety and Health Professionals: October 1-5, 2018: Certified Behavioral-Based Ergonomic Specialist (CBES) Certification Course. New Orleans, La. Refer to www.CBES-ergonomics.com for more information or call WorkSaver (800) 414-2174 to receive a registration form Publications: Dr. Bunch recently completed co-writing a Fitness for Duty Chapter of the College […]

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Enforcing a Workplace Dress Policy

by Richard Bunch, April 12, 2018

From Employment Law – Business Management Daily Employers may create policies that require employees to maintain a neat, clean, professional appearance. But as straightforward as the issue seems to be, grooming standards can create problems for employers. For example, employers can not apply a grooming policy that fails to accommodate employees’ religious needs or that […]

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Drugs and FFD Testing

by Richard Bunch, April 12, 2018

In general, prior to a job offer, a job applicant may be asked about any current illegal use of drugs (including the use of prescription drugs without a lawful prescription) as such inquiries are not prohibited by federal and state discrimination laws. However, in some states, employers cannot ask about the use of marijuana where […]

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Creating a Fitness for Duty Program for Assessing Physical Abilities to Work – Administrative Guidelines

by Richard Bunch, April 12, 2018

Although the primary burden of legal compliance in FFD programs falls on employers, it is beneficial, if not imperative, that fitness for duty (FFD) evaluators help employers understand how to correctly implement and manage FFD programs for their employees. Administrative guidelines for implementation of an FFD program include: Identification of Essential Job Demands: Prior to […]

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Drug Issues and Fitness for Duty Testing

by Richard Bunch, February 28, 2018

The opioid epidemic is well known today and creating a big problem for businesses. So, it is timely to address how we should deal with prescription drugs, in particular pain killers, when conducting FFD tests. Since individuals who use illegal drugs are not protected by the ADA, employers may inquire about and engage in testing […]

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Wellness Corner: The DASH Diet for Reducing Weight and High Blood Pressure

by Richard Bunch, February 28, 2018

The DASH diet plan was developed by Marla Heller, MS, RD to lower blood pressure without medication in research sponsored by the US National Institutes of Health, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. The first DASH diet research showed that it could lower blood pressure as well as the first line blood pressure medications, even with […]

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How Not to Handle FMLA Leave

by Richard Bunch, February 28, 2018

The FMLA has been around for almost a quarter century now. Employers have no excuse for ignoring the law. If managers and supervisors don’t understand what the FMLA requires or if you don’t have appropriate checks in place to make sure eligible employees receive the benefits to which they are entitled, your organization is asking […]

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WorkSaver Launches New Online Scheduling & Testing Software Program

by Richard Bunch, January 17, 2018

WorkSaver is happy to announce the implementation of its new online scheduling and testing software program. The software utilizes a secure, HIPAA compliant online system that allows our client companies easy access to scheduling and reporting. Once a WorkSaver client is set up in the system, the Client will be provided with a secure user […]

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Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) Among Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers

by Richard Bunch, January 17, 2018

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), also referred to as obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea (OSAH), is a sleep disorder that involves cessation or significant decrease in airflow in the presence of breathing effort. It is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing and is characterized by recurrent episodes of upper airway collapse during sleep. OSA that is associated […]

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The Interactive Accommodation Review Process Under the ADA

by Richard Bunch, January 17, 2018

Background Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”) requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment, unless to do so would cause undue hardship. “In general, an accommodation is any change in the work environment or in the way things […]

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