News & Updates

Make Your Own “Immunity” Shot

Eating healthy can help boost your immune system, keeping you strong when everyone around you is suffering. But if you need to up your defenses a little, consider a homemade immunity shot Immunity shots are basically small but potent doses of fresh juices loaded with healthy herbs and spices like ginger and tumeric. Here is my favorite Immunity Shot recipe.   2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice – High in Vitamin C Juice of one lemon – Improves Digestion ½ cup water – reduce acidity 1” fresh ginger, peeled & grated – helps soothe sore throat and settle your stomach ½” fresh turmeric, peeled & grated – anti-inflammatory & anti-viral 4 tbsp. Manuka honey – anti-bacterial and improves sore throat & immunity 20 drops of Oil of Oregano – powerful antimicrobial that can help fight off… Read more »

OCI Guy 2018 News Update

OCI Guy is covering the news desk today to bring you some important news updates.

Washington Paid Sick Leave – Are You Ready?

A phone call from a client reminded me that not everyone is ready for the new Washington Paid Sick Leave Law that went into effect 1/1/2018.  Here is a recap of the highlights, along with links to important notices that you will need in order to be in compliance with this law.  Current employees must be notified of your policy in writing no later than March 1, 2018, and new employees must be notified immediately upon employment.   The law generally applies to all employers in Washington State.  Employers in three local jurisdictions (Seattle, Spokane & Tacoma) include additional provisions. Paid Sick Leave Policy Employers should consider creating a paid sick leave policy to develop consistent workplace practices and communicate the new requirements to employees.  An employer must create a paid sick… Read more »

Be Prepared for the Upcoming Cold & Flu Season

OCI Guy is standing by to help you and your employees be prepared and stay healthy throughout the upcoming cold & flu season!

Olympic Crest Insurance Now Offers Pet Insurance

At Olympic Crest Insurance, our pets are members of the family, and as such deserve the bet medical care.  Healthy Paws Pet Insurance covers your pets – for a lifetime.  Our pet health insurance plan pays on your actual veterinary bill and covers injuries, illnesses, emergencies, genetic conditions and much more.  

Employee Engagement & Communication Strategies

For any employer, attracting and retaining the best talent is a key objective of their organization.  Employee engagement is key to achieving this but the first step is making sure your message is being received by all members of the workforce.  Different generations receive information via different methods, but one thing is clear, visual communication is becoming more important than ever across all generations. Because the younger generations are more technology driven, self-directed and resourceful, this is impacting all generations as they are often the creative drivers in our society.  They like to communicate with images, text and across multiple screens.  Communications via symbols, emojis and emoticons is becoming more common place.  There is even a new Emoji movie.  But don’t think this is confined to just those under thirty… Read more »

Understanding Prescription Drug Coverage

Do your employees understand how to get the most out of their prescription drug coverage? Use this handy video at your next office or safety meeting.    

LEGAL ALERT – Senate Republicans Release Updated Discussion Draft of ACA Repeal Bill

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky released a 142-page healthcare “Discussion Draft” of legislation, called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA), which is the Senate version of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “repeal-and-replace” legislation American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month.  An updated “Discussion Draft” of the BCRA was released on June 26, 2017 with the intention of calling for a vote on the bill before the Fourth of July recess. However, Senator McConnell had to delay that vote after it became clear that it would not get the 51 votes required under the Budget Reconciliation rules to pass.  A further updated Discussion Draft of the BCRA was released on July 13, 2017. For more… Read more »

Washington State Passes Paid Family & Medical Leave Law that will Affect ALL Employers

On Wednesday July 5, 2017, Governor Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that will make Washington the fifth state in the nation to require paid family and medical leave for employees.  The bill is set to take effect on 1/1/2020 and provides the most generous benefits of its kind in the country.  This will have implications for employers of all sizes.   Overview Under the new law, Washington workers will be entitled to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, to care for a severely ill family member, or to deal with the worker’s own serious health condition.  A Washington employee will also be able to take paid leave in connection with certain military exigencies for example a short notice… Read more »

The Single-Payer Tornado

Have you ever wondered if a single-payer healthcare system would just be easier and more affordable for everyone?  If you are in favor of eliminating freedom to choose your provider, where you receive care and limiting access to prescription drugs, then this may be the answer. Here is a illuminating infographic which illustrates the actual impact of this type of system.