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Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse FAQ and Helpful Contacts

February 10, 2020

What is the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse and what information does it contain? The Clearinghouse is a secure online database that gives employers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs), and State law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations.

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Protecting Your School From Ransomware

February 6, 2020

A recent ransomware attack prompted the shutdown of all computers and internet servers across the Las Cruces Public Schools. The IT department discovered that some of the District’s servers were compromised and they quickly shut down the district’s entire computer network in order to contain the virus.


The New USCIS Form I-9 is Here

January 31, 2020

On Jan. 31, 2020, USCIS published the Form I-9 Federal Register notice announcing a new version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification , that the Office of Management and Budget approved on Oct. 21, 2019. This new version contains minor changes to the form and its instructions.

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Effective Documentation of Employee Performance

January 29, 2020

You’ve heard the statement, “If it’s not written down, it didn’t happen.” The human resources mantra to managers and supervisors is to “document, document, document,” because disciplinary actions can often give rise to claims of discrimination, leading to high costs of litigation.

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The Importance of Timely Claims Reporting

January 29, 2020

Timely reporting of claims is a crucial element of the claims process and should be well supported by the policies and procedures of your institution. Failure to report a claim in accordance with the policy’s requirements can result in a claim being denied, or worse, having the entire policy voided.

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Mandatory USDOT FMCSA Drug and Alcohol Testing Requirements

January 28, 2020

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced on December 27, 2019 that beginning on January 1, 2020, the minimum annual percentage rate for random drug testing is 50% of the average number of driver positions.

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CalSavers Retirement Savings Program: What You Need to Know

February 20, 2019

In 2016, California Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1234 which stipulated the state’s Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board to begin to develop a workplace retirement savings program for private sector workers whose employers don’t offer a retirement plan.


Protecting Your Business This Hurricane Season

August 9, 2018

Some accidents that happen in the workplace can be prevented. Natural disasters, however, are unpredictable. Some happen with little or no warning, while others allow ample time to prepare if you have a good plan in place.


Employee Benefits Liability Insurance and Why Your Business Needs It

August 7, 2017

There are several benefits that you may be offering to your employees, including healthcare plans, retirement accounts, and pension plans, even profit sharing in the company itself. Overseeing these employee benefits plans is a great responsibility, but even when you have a special person or group of people in charge, fraud and errors can occur, negatively affecting the reputation of your company and costing a great deal of money to correct.


The Basics of Employee Benefits

August 4, 2017

When you own a small business, good quality employees are one of the most important requirements for success and growth. Good employees are an asset to your company, contributing to its positive image, and, through their high-quality work, helping the company to grow and succeed, saving you time and money along the way.