#MVHRA August 2017 Professional Development Workshop - 8/8/17


Topic: Workers Compensation, FMLA & OSHA – An Overview for Employer Best Practices

Robert Braun, Ken Montgomery, Joan Petric
(Bios Below)

Session Description:
Attendees will walk away with a comprehensive overview of the FMLA. I will inform individuals how to stay current and informed all while getting the FMLA compliance guidance they need to administer and track employee leave.

"Intro to OSHA" provides an introduction to the purpose of OSHA and how its standards and guidelines affect employers and employees. Most U.S. workplaces are covered by OSHA, and its existence has greatly improved workplace safety. Some industries are not covered by OSHA, however, and some states have safety programs that take the place of OSHA. OSHA standards are enforceable by law. Compliance with OSHA standards is enforced by inspections and record keeping, which have specific steps and requirements. Employers and employees have different rights and responsibilities regarding OSHA standards.

Both employers and employees benefit from basic knowledge about OSHA's purpose, standards, and practices. Violations of OSHA standards are punishable by law and render the workplace unsafe for all personnel. A basic awareness of the standards, rights, and responsibilities will help employees to bolster workplace safety as well as keep the workplace legally compliant.

If you're an employer who's looking for ideas to manage your workers' compensation program, you should attend this session. The Ohio BWC offers a variety of programs, services, grants, and discounts for you to create safer workplaces, prevent injuries, help employees return to work faster, and reduce your costs.

In addition to providing an overview of WC basics, we'll take a more detailed look at some programs that will benefit your Company and your employees. We'll also explore the risks involved when your employees work in a state outside of Ohio and how to properly cover that exposure.

Learning Objectives:
1. Provide a comprehensive overview of the FMLA
2. Learn how to administer and track FMLA employee leave 
3. Provide a comprehensive overview of OSHA 
4. Learn how OSHA standards and guidelines affect employers and employees 
5. Provide a comprehensive overview of workers’ compensation 
6. Learn ways to lower your workers' compensation costs

Speaker Bios:
Robert Braun
Bob Braun is the regional business development manager for Southwestern Ohio. He serves as an ambassador for Administrator/CEO Sarah Morrison communicating BWC services to Ohio employers. He also works with employers that could benefit from BWC's safety and claims management services

Ken Montgomery
I have been employed with Federal OSHA for 16 years, 12 years as a Compliance Officer, 3 years as an Assistant Area Director and Area Director since April of 2015. I have conducted over 900 site inspections, 60 fatality investigations, and numerous accident investigations. My inspections were primarily construction. I am listed as a regional expert for Trenching, Cranes, and Road Construction as well as an original member of the Wind Energy Task Team. I am classified to testify as an expert witness for Road Construction, and Cranes in Federal Court. Prior to OSHA I worked in the construction field for 15 years

Joan Petric
Joan Petric is a senior investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor with over 29 years of experience. Joan is a native of the Dayton area. After graduating from the University of Dayton she headed to Washington, DC to begin her career with the Department of Labor, where she spent 8 ½ years as an investigator for the Civil Rights Division. Joan has spent the last 20 ½ years as a Wage and Hour Investigator in Dayton, investigating potential violations under various Federal Wage statutes, including: the FLSA, FMLA, DBRA and SCA.

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