Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Executive Order to OSHA brings updated guidance on COVID-19

While the world celebrates the ongoing vaccinations against COVID-19, it is clear the pandemic is far from eradicated and...

COVID-19 brings new fraud scams to the workplace

Employers have faced numerous challenges throughout the pandemic, including the issue of fake COVID-19 claims by employees seeking to...

Is employer-required COVID-19 testing an alternative to the vaccine?

As employers consider whether the COVID-19 vaccination should be mandatory for employees, issues arise regarding what to do when...

SmartFinancial announces results for the fourth quarter 2020

KNOXVILLE - SmartFinancial, Inc. ("SmartFinancial" or the "Company"; NASDAQ: SMBK), has announced net income of $9.0 million, or $0.59 per diluted common share,...

Can employers require employees to obtain COVID-19 vaccinations?

Now that COVID-19 vaccinations are becoming available, employers are considering whether to require employees to be vaccinated against this...

LEGAL: Holiday travel safety in the COVID era

With a new surge of COVID-19 cases popping up in many locations, holiday travel raises concerns for more than...

SmartBank: Culture drives success as ‘Top Workplace’

UPPER CUMBERLAND - Being recognized as a top workplace is tough. Maintaining an industry reputation as one of the best...

LEGAL: COVID-19 and OSHA: What to know…

As the COVID-19 virus rages on, employers continue to grapple with compliance issues in the workplace. Among those issues...

DOL proposes new rule defining independent contractors vs. employees under the...

On Sept. 22, 2020, the U. S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a proposed rule addressing how to determine...

Price, Porten promoted to Plateau Region executive positions

COOKEVILLE – SmartBank recently announced the promotions of Anthony Price and Mike Porten. Price has been promoted to Area Market Executive for the...

Totally tracking time worked for teleworkers

It is common knowledge that one impact of the pandemic has been an increase in the number of employees...

Lindsay joins Swallows Insurance as Employee Benefits Specialist

COOKEVILLE – Swallows Insurance announces the addition of Jennifer Lindsay as an Employee Benefits Specialist. Lindsay is a native of Southern California and...

Accommodating opioids in the workplace: EEOC issues guidance

On Aug. 5, 2020, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued two guidance documents regarding the interplay between the...

Twin Lakes: Doorbell cameras aren’t just for answering the door anymore

Five benefits of having a doorbell camera UPPER CUMBERLAND – Many think that a doorbell camera just...

Benefits of banking with a ‘community’ bank

UPPER CUMBERLAND - Deciding between a local community bank and a big national bank may seem like an intimidating...

COVID-19 update: DOL revises FFCRA regulations

While April feels like a lifetime ago, you likely remember the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issuing a final...

CRMC ‘equipped’ to handle record COVID numbers

COOKEVILLE – With spiking COVID numbers across the region, concern about the status of hospitals naturally rises. Unfortunately, there are...

Flu shot becomes even more critical in COVID era

COOKEVILLE – With spiking COVID rates throughout the Upper Cumberland, officials warn it is even more critical this year to...

Tennessee employer responsibilities for pregnant workers are expanded

On June 22, 2020, Gov. Bill Lee signed into law the Tennessee Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which went into...

Security systems offer more than home security

UPPER CUMBERLAND – Today’s security systems offer homeowners more than just the peace of mind derived from knowing their house...

Supreme Court upholds religious protections in employment and governmental regulations

On July 8, 2020, the United States Supreme Court issued two 7-2 opinions in cases upholding various religious concerns...