Safe Driving – What It Can Mean For You, The Employer

Car accidents related to distraction due to mobile devices are on the rise and have the potential to impact employers when these accidents involve an employee and occur during working hours. According to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute in research for www.Distraction.gov, “sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent – at 55 mph – of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.”

Regardless of whether or not the mobile device is distributed by the employer, you can still be held liable if a claim is filed as the result of an accident. ERA is taking a proactive approach by encouraging clients to update their employee handbook to include new specifications involving driving while using a mobile device during working hours. If you have questions about changing your hand book or educating your employees on driving safety, ERA would welcome the opportunity to assist you. Please find our contact information here.

Sources: Haller, Darin. “Smart Phones and Mobile Devices in Today’s Workforce.” PEO Insider November 2011: 16-18.

The Cost of Unemployment

As reported by Sara Murray in her blog for the Wall Street Journal, our nation has totaled “nearly $19 billion in state unemployment benefits paid in error during the three years that ended in June [2011].” Is this staggering figure worrisome to you as a business owner? The article also states that the majority of the benefits paid in error were due to “recipients claiming benefits even though they have returned to work.”

If you struggle with unemployment claims, ERA can help you a great deal. As a co-employer with several business owners, we fight claims diligently to keep our unemployment rate down. As a small business owner, you don’t have the time or the resources to investigate claims and make sure your previous employee is actively looking for other work, or is perhaps already working (and receiving compensation) for another employer.  We do. We have a fully staffed human resources department who follows up on each claim to make sure you don’t have to pay fraudulent claims. Now, more than ever, as unemployment continues to be extended, it is important that you are able to manage the claims being filed against you.

Reducing the risks and costs of unemployment claims is just one of the areas ERA can help you not only save money, but more importantly, refocus attention on core business projects and opportunities.

Contact us today to learn more.