Should Employees Be Allowed to Play Fantasy Sports at Work?

Fantasy sports have exploded in popularity over the past decade, with one of the most prevalent being fantasy football. Fantasy sports allow individuals to draft virtual teams of professional players and compete against other players in their leagues. More than 56 million Americans play fantasy football—37 million of which are employed full time. Studies estimate

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Are You Prepared? Severe Thunderstorms

Every thunderstorm produces lightning, which is extremely dangerous. Though lightning fatalities have decreased over the past 30 years, lightning continues to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. In 2014, there were 26 fatalities from lightning. Although most lightning victims survive, people struck by lightning often report a variety of

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Estate Planning for Your Digital Assets

Technology has become more pervasive, and it’s become increasingly difficult to avoid having at least some kind of valuable data that has to be managed. Whether it’s important photographs, documents hosted in the Cloud, online banking accounts, or Web-based assets like social media accounts or websites, virtually everyone has some digital assets to track. That

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Workplace Violence

What is workplace violence? Workplace violence is violence or the threat of violence against workers. It can occur at or outside the workplace and can range from threats and verbal abuse to physical assaults and homicide, one of the leading causes of job-related deaths. However it manifests itself, workplace violence is a growing concern for

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Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal law that makes it illegal for covered employers to discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in all employment practices, such as recruitment, compensation, hiring and firing, job assignments, training, leave and benefits. Employers with 15 or more employees are covered by the ADA. The ADA requires

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In Touch Newsletter – August 2016

LVT15_3812_Newsletter_Social_Graphic-MonthlyNewsWelcome to the latest edition of our Lovitt & Touché In Touch Newsletter.

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OSHA Increases Maximum Penalty Amounts

On July 1, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interim final rule that increases the civil penalty amounts the agency may impose on employers that violate workplace safety and health standards. The increased amounts will apply for penalties proposed by OSHA on or after Aug. 1, 2016. These will include any

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When an Employee Refuses Workers’ Compensation Treatment

Based on the geographic location of your business, many state workers’ compensation statutes limit and mandate certain employer actions when a worker is injured. Depending on the state, there are specific timelines to follow and forms to complete. But what about when a worker is injured and refuses to accept treatment or file a claim?

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Pets in the Workplace

More and more employers have grown relaxed about allowing certain things in the workplace, like casual dress codes and flexible scheduling. These reflect a growing concern employers have over their employees’ comfort, convenience and emotional well-being. In that same vein, more employers are now letting pets—usually dogs—accompany their owners in the workplace. This can be

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