Drug Use in the Workplace Is Spiking

The good news from a recent study is that opioid use in the workplace is actually going down. Unfortunately, employees continue to use marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine at alarming rates.

Employees testing positive for marijuana climbed from 2.4% in 2015 to 2.6% in 2016. Cocaine saw a jump of 12% in 2016 reaching a seven year high of 0.28% of the population up from 0.25% in 2015. Meth increased more than 8% in the workforce in 2016. Even though opioids on the decline, they are still being prescribed in record numbers and can lead to harder drugs.

This study was based on urine and saliva testing mainly. Even in states where marijuana is legal, it is still permissible for employees to test. Staffing firms should have strict drug testing policies in place, and be on the lookout for impairment during work hours.

If these trends continue, employers can expect to see major performance and safety issues, which in turn lead to workers’ comp injuries and higher worker’ comp premiums. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

Will the Gig Economy Provide Workers’ Comp?

If states serve as laboratories for future federal policies, South Carolina one that is blazing the trail for workers’ comp coverage for the gig economy. Currently, Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services don’t provide mandatory workers’ compensation for drivers injured on the job.

Uber in South Carolina-one of eight states–will start offering workers’ comp type insurance in the form of a state personal injury policy. It will be optional for drivers who will pay -3.75 cents/mile for up to $1 million of coverage. Passengers will pick up the tab as Uber will jack up fees in the state.

The gig economy is transforming the temporary staffing landscape, but one of the benefits to employers and consumers is the absence of burdensome regulations, including workers’ comp.

It remains to be seen whether this will catch on in all markets and possibly lead to more stringent workers’ comp requirements. If that becomes the case, then LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

Does Provider Choice Lower Costs?

If you think letting your employees choose their workers’ comp providers versus a system where the employer controls provider choice makes a significant difference in costs, think again. According to research done by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute, workers’ comp indemnity and medical costs differed very little in states with employee provider choice and employer provider choice.

WCRI notes that the type of injury has an impact. Namely, costs increased when employees had control over provider choice for expensive back injuries. Back injuries tend to be expensive anyway, so this would likely account for the higher indemnity costs.

In conclusion, this suggests that staffing firms are not likely to experience any workers’ comp savings if they restrict worker provider choice.

It makes more sense for employers to lower costs by finding ways to improve safety and prevent these expensive injuries occurring. In the event of an injury, employers should carefully monitor claims and medical treatment. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

Can Working Faster Cause More Injuries?

According to a recent survey, the answer is unknown. But it does show that task completion takes precedence over safety. The National Safety Council surveyed 2,000 workers in two dozen industries and found that 36% strongly or somewhat agreed that safety was secondary to completing the task.

By industry 68% of employees in Agriculture and Forestry answered that safety was secondary. In Construction and Manufacturing 58% and 45% answered that getting the job done was more important than safety respectively. 32% said they were afraid to report safety issues.

While the results did not discuss injuries, the data indicate that employees may be inclined to cut corners and ignore safety requirements. This, despite that finding that 71% say they receive safety training as part of their orientation and are well trained in emergency practices.

Safety training and safe workplaces are crucial to keeping workers’comp costs down. LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

IS TRUMP ACA Going the Way of Work Comp?

While Trumps ACA reform is all the buzz on the “Hill” these days, it does appear that the ACA 2.0 will follow in the foot steps of the evolution of work comp. Originally the The Federal Government wanted employees to have workers’ comp protection, but ultimately left it to the states to decide how much protection each employee would receive.

Judging from the conversation on Capital Hill among the GOP these days, the reformed ACA will end up being a State designed system similar to work comp. Some States will offer extensive/expensive benefits (think CA and NY) and some states will offer “skinny benefits (think TX.)

Here is a good article on this developing ACA landscape in DC.

http://www.thestaffingstream.com/2017/04/13/aca-lives-to-see-another-day-what-that-means-for-staffing/

I welcome your thoughts on this subject.

LeastStaff has many workers’ comp and general insurance solutions to keep your insurance rates as low as possible.

Visit our web site at www.leaststaff.com, call us at 202-302-1212, or email us at david@leaststaff.com for more information about all our staffing and workers’ comp offerings.

Sincerely
David Schek
President
Leaststaff.com

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