Owning or growing a business is certainly challenging. The level of responsibility on the business owneris tremendous,increasingas the business grows. Availability and accessibility are key and absolute critical elements in growth. Hiring employees to help diffuse the pressure by means of delegation brings on its own new set of challenges and difficulties.
In the last article, we reviewed Workers’ Compensation file basics. in this article, we are looking at processing workplace incidents. Workplace incidents include workplace accidents and “close-calls.”
In the last two articles, we reviewed Personnel and Medical file basics including what should and should not be in these files, where and how they should be stored and who has access to them. Medical documents, including documents about workers’ compensation, should not be kept in the personnel file. Instead, a separate filing system to manage the workers’ compensation process and materials should be set up and maintained.
In the previous article, we reviewed the basics of employee personnel files – what should and should not be filed in the personnel files. Items such as W4’s, performance appraisals, applications and resumes are all to be maintained within the employee personnel file. Any document of a medical nature should not be contained in the employee personnel file. Rather, a separate employee medical file should be created to hold items such as doctor certificates, disability related documentation, and completed Family Medical Leave forms.