COVID-19 employee screening made simple

By TOM CLEMENT, MRA General Counsel Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, retail has shown that it is equally focused on customer and employee health and business success and has proven that both can be achieved simultaneously. Retailers have demonstrated, and the data proves, that they can follow the rules and keep business safe and open. In a… Continue reading

Take the flammable warning seriously on hand sanitizer

The Mechanical Contractors Association of America put out a safety memo in May warning workers that liquid alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be flammable. Since the hand sanitizers – most of which contain isopropyl alcohol – are being used more than ever to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19, the association wanted to make their members… Continue reading

Is your parking lot safe for customers and your staff?

By Retailers Insurance Company If your parking lot is putting customers at risk, then you’re also putting your staff at risk. Parking areas can pose several dangers – a place for slip and falls, or for thieves to pray on shoppers or break into vehicles. In fact, FBI data shows that 4.1% of all crimes… Continue reading

Monroe insurance agent gets national award

Scott Shappee, a Monroe insurance agent, has won the Professional of the Year award from the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents. Shappee is vice president of sales at Insurance Center of Monroe, an agency where his grandfather, dad and uncles all worked. The plan is he’ll be the third generation to run the agency.… Continue reading

Hidden danger in the workplace: Employee fatigue

As an employer, one of your biggest safety concerns is ensuring that your workers aren’t fatigued on the job. Employees need to be responsible for their own sleep habits. But employers need to be aware that safety performance decreases as employees become tired. It may not sound like a serious issue, but it is: A… Continue reading

Be sure to classify workers properly

Employers should be aware that the state is starting to crack down on worker misclassification and payroll fraud. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced April 22 that she’s establishing a Payroll Fraud Enforcement Unit to investigate businesses that misclassify full-time workers as independent contractors, underpay workers, refuse to pay overtime and commit other violations of… Continue reading

Congratulations to RIC retirees

Retailers Insurance Co. said good-bye to two retiring employees during summer 2019. In addition, MRA President and CEO James P. Hallan’s retirement was previously announced and will occur on Aug. 26. Some of you may have talked to our retirees over the years: Judy Schafer and Linda Pierce, with Retailers Insurance Co. (RIC). Judy Schafer… Continue reading

Retailers often targets in active shooter tragedies

MIOSHA funding free sessions for training employees to respond in violent situations Would you be surprised to know retail venues are the second most likely scene of an active shooter tragedy after a school campus? There were 34 of these deadly events, between 2000-2016, according to statistics gathered by the FBI and Advanced Law Enforcement… Continue reading

Planning for a disaster: A crucial exercise

Have you reviewed your business disaster plan lately? If not, it’s a good exercise to go through with your designated disaster response team, and even consider drills with your employees. OSHA requires nearly all employers with at least 11 employees to have a written, comprehensive emergency action plan. Employers with 10 or fewer employees are… Continue reading

A tornado is near your business – what to do?

We’re heading into tornado season, which means employees need to be prepared on the protocols in case one hits near your business. Already, a serious tornado damaged 70 buildings in March in the Vernon area, in mid-Michigan. So it’s not too early to start emergency preparedness in the event one hits near you. Seeking shelter… Continue reading