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Print versus Digital: New Data 

A May 2023 study[] of 15 second and third-graders in Haifa, Israel provides new evidence supporting the value of print. The study examined brain wave activity and concluded that reading on paper stimulated key parts of the brain more effectively than reading the same text on a screen. The study has important implications for the

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Safeguard Your Printer Employees Against Hearing Damage

Some 22 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work each year, and occupational hearing loss is one of the most common work-related illnesses and is permanent, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. There are a number of industries where hearing loss is a danger, including the printing sector.

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Train Managers to Not Retaliate Against Staff Who Make Complaints

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeing a wave of retaliation complaints by employees. Retaliation charges accounted for more than 35% of all charges filed with the commission in fiscal year 2022. Retaliation means any adverse action that you or someone who works for you takes against an employee because they complained about harassment or

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Could Your Business Survive a Serious Earthquake?

Being prepared for an earthquake is a good investment if you are in a quake-prone area. At least one-fourth of all businesses that close because of a disaster never reopen, mostly because they are unprepared. “Is Your Business Ready” questionnaires are a great place to start to help you determine how you might respond in

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Workplace Stress Can Create Safety Issues

Americans are working longer hours and facing more demands for productivity, leading to stress and burnout, which in turn can affect workplace safety, according to risk management experts. Understaffing plays a part in this, they found. When workers are stressed or required to work quickly, they are more prone to making mistakes that can injure

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Do You Suspect Workers’ Comp Fraud? Look for These Signs

Workers’ compensation claims fraud costs the insurance industry roughly $25 billion each year, according to estimates by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Depending on whom you ask, fraud accounts for as much as 10% of the costs of all workers’ comp claims. This type of fraud is typically associated with malingering employees who fake

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Use Financial Benchmarks to Improve Your Business

By Dr. Ralph William Jr.   About eight years into my first printing business, things were going well. We were growing at about 25% a year, adding new equipment and quality members to our team, and we had just moved into a great building. Our profits were good, but they could have been better. Our “good”

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Filing Your Insurance Claim Late May Void It

One of the keys to having your insurance claims paid promptly is to file them in a timely manner. Virtually all commercial insurance policies — from liability and workers’ compensation to commercial auto and property — require that a notice of claims be filed within a certain amount of time after an incident. For businesses

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NLRB Decision Pours Cold Water on Employee Severance Agreements

The National Labor Relations Board has taken a big step in deciding that non-disparagement and confidentiality clauses in employee severance agreements are illegal, a move that will require most employers to rewrite theirs. The board ruled that these provisions stifle employees’ and ex-employees’ rights under Title 7 of the National Labor Relations Act to discuss

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