Employment Law 101 – What is BLBA?

Just last week we reviewed Employment Laws & Regulations and the many headaches that come along with managing compliance alongside owning and operating your own business.

PEOs are up to date on ALL employment laws and regulations (both state and federal) and with a co-employment relationship comes peace of mind since the client and the PEO contractually share employer responsibilities and liabilities.  Join us for our 5 part series, as we dive deeper into employment law – Are you equipped to manage compliance in-house? Do you already know about the following laws? Do they apply to your business?

What is BLBA?

Published by the Department of Labor in the year 2000, The Black Lung Benefits Act (BLBA) provides monthly payments and medical benefits to coal miners disabled from black lung disease due to their high risk employment in or around our nation’s coal mines.

The BLBA also provides monthly benefits to a miner’s dependents, in the event that black lung disease contributes to the death of a miner. Surviving dependents include spouses, orphaned children, adult disabled children and fully dependent siblings or parents.

How a PEO Makes Compliance Easier:

Naturally this Act does not apply to every type of business, but if you are in a high-risk industry, such as coal mining, this is one area of compliance that is not to be taken lightly.  Present and former coal miners can file claims in addition to certain transportation workers and even construction workers who have been exposed to coal mine dust at any point in time.

Not only do PEOs share employer liabilities through the co-employment relationship, but they also file and track claims, makes sure claims are legit, manage safety reviews and OSHA compliance and offload time-consuming documentation and reporting activities. They work on your behalf to make sure your employees are as safe as possible while reducing your overall risk.

Remember, this is just 1 of more than 60 employment-related governmental regulations; compliance can easily become a full time job. Too much for you? Ready for risk-free HR solutions that really work? Call 877-636-9525 or fill out an application today.

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