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May. 9, 2013


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Employers love wellness programs, but do they work?
Bloomberg Businessweek
Nearly half of large companies have wellness programs that measure workers on such factors as weight, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey. Employers trying to tame growing medical costs want to find people at risk for illness and prod them to change their behavior — quit smoking, lose weight — before they need expensive treatments. At least that's the theory. As medical tests find their way into the workplace, companies risk putting workers through unnecessary screenings and invite excess treatment that can be costly and harmful, say critics like Al Lewis.
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Top 10 loss control tips for 2013: Effective contractor screening
By Dennis Truitt
Set the stage for overall site compliance. The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends that you have a comprehensive safety and health management system tailored to your worksite's specific needs. To do this, give your suppliers the tools they need to be successful. Team up with industry experts to help raise awareness and performance. The goal should be to prequalify your supply chain, not to disqualify them.
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Human Resource Executive Online
A recent study from The Society for Human Resource Management finds a growing number of companies turning to social media for help in recruiting passive job candidates. The same study from the Alexandria, Va.-based HR management association found the number of employers using social networking sites to screen job candidates on the decline. The latter is probably a good sign. Experts say using social media in the recruiting process can be risky in and of itself, but failing to implement a formal policy puts the organization on even shakier ground.
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Survey: Companies don't have adequate mitigation plans for natural catastrophes
Canadian Underwriter
While companies recognize potential risks posed by natural catastrophes, many have insufficient mitigation plans in place, according to global survey results from Zurich Insurance Group. There is a widespread perception that natural catastrophes are becoming not only more frequent, but more severe. Companies are assigning adequate importance to assessing and mitigating the associated risks, the research confirmed.
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Business leaders: Risk management essential to innovation
Post Online News
According to The Risky Business Report by Allianz, company leaders are challenging the perception that managing risk stifles growth and instead are making it part of their growth and innovation strategies. The report identifies a new growth approach where business leaders weigh up both challenges and risks at every turn of their decision making to help drive success. It is increasingly seen as a risk to businesses not to innovate.
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Managing portfolio risk: The key to long-term investing success
Seeking Alpha
Many investors tend create a portfolio with little regard for risk management. High risk investors would generally select a basket of equities that they have either carried out fundamental or technical analysis of. Whilst this is not incorrect, you may expose yourself to unnecessary risks over the long term, especially if you are investing through economic cycles. The following tips could help protect your portfolio from the downside, but will also allow you to capture rising markets.
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Guy Carpenter: As pricing decouples, the catastrophe bond market grows up
Artemis
Reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter's capital markets and insurance-linked securities specialist arm GC Securities has published an update on the catastrophe bond market at the end of Q1 2013. The report discusses the growing acceptance of catastrophe bonds and catastrophe risk in general as an investment among capital markets and institutional investors and says that the market in catastrophe risk is showing evidence of growing up.
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How do business boards prepare for terrorism?
The Huffington Post
Richard Leblanc writes, "In a board meeting, the military general asked the airline's CEO, 'Why is the pilot's food being labeled?' 'Because that's the way we always do it,' the CEO responded. 'Well then stop doing it,' the military director said. 'If I'm a terrorist, I might have trouble getting through the cockpit door, but you're putting a red flag for me on how to poison the pilot and take down the plane.' In that exchange, the new military director on the airline's board of directors I was advising proved his value. Many other companies in transportation, utilities, defense, property development and financial services could take a page from below. Here are six areas for boards to focus on to prepare for a possible terrorist attack."
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Why data theft poses a big risk to small businesses
USA Today
More than half the small businesses in the U.S. say they have had a data breach. Yet, many owners don't know what to do next when private information is lost or stolen. In this guest commentary, Eric Cernak, vice president for specialty insurer Hartford Steam Boiler, a unit of Munich Re, suggests ways to prevent a breach and how to respond.

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4 risks when employees bring their own devices to work
Inc.
What your employees do with their smartphones on or off the clock is their own business, right? Not quite. In the bring-your-own-device era, the moment an employee uses a personal device to do any work the company can be liable for any laws broken using the device.

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FMLA and ADA intersection dangerous for employers
Human Resource Executive Online
In the recent past, there has been an uptick in EEOC charges related to the interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. For employers, say legal experts, those numbers can mean only one thing: Unwanted litigation.

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Employers still liable for unauthorized acts
Evansville Courier & Press
Most business owners understand that their enterprises are legally answerable for injuries caused by their employees' unintentional, though negligent, employment-related acts. What some may not realize is how their organizations can be held responsible for claims resulting from injuries caused by an employee whose actions were not employment-related or were unauthorized.
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Lack of social media controls 'puts firms at risk'
Irish Independent
Most Irish employees access social media while at work, spending just under an hour per working day on sites like Facebook and Twitter, according to one of the country's largest law firms. Dublin-based solicitors William Fry warned that failing to grasp this and establish a realistic plan for social-media usage left companies at risk from potential lawsuits and loss of business.
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Has sustainability become a risky business?
Business Green
A new report released by Ernst & Young presents a disconcerting paradox when it comes to corporate sustainability efforts. While more companies are concerned about increased risk and proximity of natural resource shortages, corporate risk response appears to be inadequate to address the scope and scale of some of these challenges.
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