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News Release: Federated Acquires Granite Re, Inc.

14 Sep 2017

 Federated Mutual Insurance Company has acquired Granite Re, Inc., a leading provider of surety bonds for small- to medium-sized contractors, as of January 1, 2017. The acquisition better positions Federated Insurance to partner with commercial contractors for their surety and bonding needs. 

New(ER) Mandatory Form I-9 and When ICE Appears on your Doorstep

28 Aug 2017

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published yet another version of the Form I-9 marked with a July 17, 2017 version date.  Starting on September 18, 2017, employers MUST use only this version of the form for all new hires and reverification on any employee with an older version of the form.  

UPDATE: OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

28 Aug 2017

OSHA has issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers by limiting their exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule is enforceable as of September 23, 2017, for construction standards and we have provided some resources to aid our members in compliance.

HR Question of the Month as Presented by Federated

25 Aug 2017

Question: We hired a new employee about a week ago and now she is telling us that she is 4 months pregnant. She did not disclose this during the hiring process. The manager wants to terminate her employment. What are the possible ramifications if we terminate her? It looks as if she was seeking employment for health insurance benefits only.

UPDATE Electronic Reporting NOW AVAILABLE for OSHA Required Submission of Injury and Illness Records

01 Aug 2017

Learn the “Who, What, When, Where, Why” for the Electronic Submission of injury and illness records to OSHA provision of the Final OSHA Rule to improve tracking of workplace injuries and illness.

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