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Tips for Safely Weathering Spring Storms

February 20, 2020| Risk Management News

There is an old children's song that goes, "Spring has sprung and brought me such a nice surprise." This is especially true in Texas with our famous bluebonnets and other wildflowers.

Regular Rate of Pay Final Rule Issued by DOL

February 10, 2020| Risk Management News

The Department of Labor (DOL) Final Rule updating the "regular rate" regulations became effective Jan. 15. This rule defines what forms of benefits and payments are included and excluded in the "time and one-half" overtime calculations.

Space Heaters: Your best friend and possibly your worst enemy

December 18, 2019| Risk Management News

It is that time of year again. Blow the dust off your favorite space heater, plug it in and go about your day. Not so fast! Space heaters cause more than 65,000 fires each year and these account for 43% of home fires and 85% of fire-related deaths.

Overtime Pay Update: DOL Rule

December 11, 2019| Risk Management News

The Department of Labor (DOL) announced its final rule updating the earning thresholds for exempt employees and allowing employers to count a portion of bonuses and commissions toward meeting the exempt employee salary level.

Changes to DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing for 2020: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's Clearinghouse

December 06, 2019| Risk Management News

Starting Jan. 6, 2020, all employers — including counties — who employ drivers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) will be required by federal law to use the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Commercial Driver's License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse.

Legislative Changes Affect Human Resources and Workers Compensation

October 25, 2019| Risk Management News

Several bills passed by the Texas Legislature during the 86th legislative session that affect counties pertain to human resources and workers compensation. Five of those bills are summarized below with links to each bill.

Human Resources Reminders for Natural Disaster Planning: Before, During and After

September 10, 2019| Risk Management News

This article covers some of the human resource (HR) plans, policies and considerations in preparation for a catastrophic natural event, which can affect county operations and its employees. 

Update on Aug. 16 Ransomware Attack

August 21, 2019| Risk Management News

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) aims to keep Association members informed in the aftermath of the Aug. 16 ransomware attack that targeted governmental entities and support those who have coverage with the TAC Risk Management Pool (TAC RMP).

URGENT: Ransomware Targeting Governmental Entities

August 16, 2019| Risk Management News

We have learned of a widespread cyber attack that is targeting governmental entities with ransomware. Please ensure that you are exercising extreme caution in opening emails and attachments, or clicking on links.

Proposed Changes to Dept. of Labor Overtime Calculations

August 08, 2019| Risk Management News

This article covers new developments in the human resource (HR) arena along with some of the new Texas legislative changes that will affect counties and county employees.

Protecting Employees from the Heat

July 26, 2019| Risk Management News

Be aware of the hot hours! Between noon and 6 p.m. is the hottest time of the day. Here are some tips for staying safe.

Cyber Protection: What to do Before and After a Cyber Incident

February 18, 2019| Risk Management News

Cybersecurity is now a critical component of corporate governance.

HR Planning & Prep Needed for a Crisis

August 16, 2018| Risk Management News

Hurricane season is now upon us, but a crisis (weather-related or otherwise) can strike at any time of the year.

16 Human Resources Steps to Prepare Before a Crisis Hits

August 16, 2018| Risk Management News

Top planning tips from TAC’s Human Resources Consultants to help counties better manage their human resources during an emergency.

2017 Safety Awards

May 15, 2018| TAC News

Eleven counties and three individuals were recognized for their commitment to employee safety.

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