What does the Dickey’s BBQ Incident Teach Employers?

Thorough training is critical. That’s a rough takeaway for the management team of Dickey’s Barbeque. They recently made national headlines when a woman (who is still recovering) drank a cup of sweet tea laced with toxic acid in their South Jordan (Utah) location. According to the investigation, lye (a heavy-duty industrial cleaning solution) was unintentionally mixed into a bag of…

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What do I do with the rebate check for employee health insurance?

If you have already renewed your group health insurance plan in 2014, you may have received a premium *rebate check for employee premiums. If your company pays 100% for all employee and all dependent premiums, then the company can keep the rebate (although it must be used toward the benefit of those enrolled in the health plan). However, if employees…

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Intermountain Healthcare’s “Health Hub” App is Here

  Members now have access to manage their health on their mobile device. Download Intermountain Healthcare’s new consumer-facing mobile app on the iTunes App Store or Google Play to get an easy tool to manage your health and simplify your entire healthcare experience. Here are some features and benefits the new app gives you: InstaCare and KidsCare: Find InstaCare urgent…

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Utah Distracted Driver Bill Now In Force

The Utah Legislature recently passed a bill that prohibits several functions of handheld devices while operating motor vehicles. The prohibited functions include writing, sending, or reading a written communication such as a text message, instant message, email, dialing a phone number, accessing the internet, watching videos, or entering in data into the device while driving. Penalties and convictions may be…

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Seattle Passes $15/hour Minimum Wage Law

The Seattle City Council recently passed a significant minimum wage increase to $15/hour that will be phased in over the next several years. This increase will phase in more rapidly for businesses with more than 500 employees (including franchise owners) and will take into consideration whether or not benefits are provided to employees. This is the most aggressive minimum wage…

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The Economic Impact of Obamacare

How the ACA will Affect Jobs, Employers The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Report On February 4, 2014, the Congressional Budget Office, a non-partisan agency that conducts impartial analysis of Congressional budgetary issues, released their annual report of the economic outlook from 2014-2024. Since the CBO releases reports regularly, it seems odd that this report would generate so much media attention….

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