In this Edition... Year End Stress Begins
‘Tis the season to be jolly, which is why December is National Stress Free Holiday Month! With the year drawing to a close, employers have a lot on their plates with deadlines for budgets, annual reports, and more. With this in mind, the December edition of Labor Link includes tips and suggestions for reducing employers’ stress during the busy holiday season. Methods discussed include the Department’s stress management training program as well as online Department tools that simplify employer payment and reporting processes. Last but not least, for those employers planning to expand their businesses, we’ve got you covered with the ADA Compliance Assessment.
Take a Safety Break
Another great way for employers to minimize stress in the workplace is by enhancing the overall comfort of the office. One way to do this is by scheduling an ergonomic evaluation, in which a Department specialist assesses how the workplace conditions and equipment are affecting the level of safety, comfort, and efficiency of the workers. Reducing screen glare, adding a simple footrest, or finding a taller office chair can make a world of difference. In turn, the more comfortable an employee is at work, the more productive and efficient he/she will be.
If you are an employer/leader of an organization and you are interested in the Stress Management Training Program, visit the Department’s website to fill out the Speakers Bureau Request Form or call 573-751-3574. Visit the Speaker’s Bureau page to see a complete list of the training opportunities offered. For a free ergonomic evaluation or safety review, fill out a “Request for Safety Services” to have our specialists visit your office.
Tech Tools Making it Easier for Employers
In an effort to simplify interaction between the Department and employers, there are various online options for making payments, reporting injuries, and obtaining forms or publications on the Department’s website.
For employers, the process of filing unemployment insurance (UI) tax reports online is easier than ever with the Unemployment State Tax Automated Reporting System (USTAR). Everything from total, excess, and taxable wages, as well as contributions due are automatically calculated by USTAR. To make things even more convenient, employers can pay UI contributions (taxes) with a credit or debit card (MasterCard, Discover, Visa, and American Express), even if they choose not to use USTAR.
Another useful tool that is now available online is the worker misclassification assessment. Figuring out if a worker should be classified as an employee or as an independent contractor can be tricky, but this short assessment can help point you in the right direction. However, we understand there are such things as gray areas—but it’s better to give the Division of Employment Security a call before you make an error.
The Department is aware that in the business world, time is money and we strive to make our services available around the clock to meet your needs.
New Year Brings New Construction
As the year draws to a close, many businesses are looking toward the future. For some businesses, the future involves plans to expand, adding on to an existing facility or building one from the ground up. Expanding your business can be a complicated undertaking—fortunately, the Department is committed to providing employers with easy-to-use resources to make construction run a little smoother.
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, all new construction of and additions to businesses must have accessible entrances and parking spaces. Businesses are also required to make reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, including accessible public restrooms.
Becoming ADA compliant is not only the law, but customers will have a new appreciation for your business and your desire to accommodate all kinds of clients. Also, by embracing these building standards in all aspects of your business, you may find that diversity has many benefits—including opening up a new labor pool. Workers with disabilities are highly motivated performers who have extremely high retention rates… traits desired by all employers.
Want to be sure your business is ADA compliant? Take our assessment and find out if your facility meets certain specific ADA requirements! Missouri works best when all of its citizens are able to take advantage of public accommodations and employment opportunities.