Why Medicinal Marijuana Makes Workers’ Compensation Claims Tricky

Marijuana is now legal for medicinal purposes in 34 states and recreational use in ten. There is a shifting tide of opinion regarding the use of cannabis, as more states and municipalities are pushing for legalization and even retroactive criminal sentence reductions. This sentiment is making workers’ compensation claims involving marijuana a minefield for employers due to lawsuits in several states.

When Ransomware is not Really Ransomware

Perhaps the most concerning trend is that some ransomware is not, in fact, ransomware. Some experts have determined that the ExPetr “ransomware” exists solely to wipe hard drives and permanently erase data.

Distracted Driving Laws by State

Distracted driving is a growing concern nationwide. Almost every state has a ban against texting and driving, and many states have gone beyond that, making handheld devices illegal while operating a motor vehicle. Because vehicle laws are legislated state-by-state, we’ve compiled a list of distracted driving laws for all 50 states. Alabama Handheld ban: No […]

Building and Maintaining a Fleet Safety Culture

While Distracted Driving Awareness Month is a prime opportunity to discuss fleet safety, it goes beyond simple rules against texting and driving. Organizations that have implemented a proper road safety culture start by screening drivers in the hiring process and then provide ongoing training and support throughout an employee’s career. Unfortunately, many companies may not […]

Key Resources for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This national campaign, presented in tandem by several safety organizations, was designed to help bring awareness to the dangers of distracted driving, while simultaneously working to eliminate preventable deaths. The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. At Hays, […]

Industry Report: The Current State of Cybercrime

  More than half of mid-sized companies have experienced a hack. Of these, 20 percent of the organizations estimated the cost of the breach between $1 to $2.5 million. No organization is immune to cybercrime. As criminals home in their hacking methods with more sophisticated techniques, a potentially catastrophic attack can hit even the most […]

How Snow Accumulation Could Impact Your Building

2019 has been the year of snowfall in the Midwest. The Minneapolis/St. Paul area alone received 39 inches last month, making it the snowiest February and fourth snowiest month on record. This heavy snow accumulation is a common theme throughout the Upper Midwest and Northern Great Lakes regions. As depicted below in the National Oceanic […]

Cyber Liability Update: Tax Season and W2 Phishing Scams

Most companies are familiar with phishing emails and train their employees to recognize suspicious emails sent from malicious actors. Less commonly discussed, however, are W2 scams that target human resources departments. During tax season, cybercriminals target human resources departments by impersonating an executive of the company, most notably through email. The goal is to obtain […]

Industry Guide: Reporting Near Misses in the Construction Workplace

Most safety professionals agree that a facility or site audit would uncover at least one near miss condition or scenario at any time, on any day. In the construction industry, near miss incidents are common occurrences where an accident was narrowly avoided. They’re also a precursor to more dangerous and expensive events. Tracking near misses […]