John Surma

John Surma

Adams and Reese LLP

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The Latest On OSHA's Attempts to Protect Whistleblowers

Section 11 (C) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) states "no person shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against any employee because such employee has filed any complaint or instituted or caused to...more

6/24/2014 - OSHA Trucking Industry Whistleblowers

Six Spring OSHA Construction Updates

OSHA has been busy the first four months of 2014. The following are six items of particular interest to those in or affiliated with the construction industry....more

5/5/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Final Rules OSHA Proposed Regulation Workplace Hazards

OSHA Comments on Distracted Driving Initiative

In OSHA’s April 15, 2014, issue of “Quick Takes,” its bi-monthly newsletter, the agency commented on the US Department of Transportation’s national campaign to stop texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving....more

4/23/2014 - Department of Transportation Distracted Driving Employer Mandates OSHA Workplace Hazards

OSHA, the New Fracking Sheriff in Town

On February 13, 2013, the San Antonio Express-News published an article titled “Eagle Ford pay is high, but work can be fatal.” On February 15, 2013, the Houston Chronicle published an article titled “Fatalities accompany...more

4/23/2014 - Oil & Gas OSHA Proposed Regulation

OSHA Bulletin: Union Organizing’s 800 Pound Gorilla

The Occupational Safety and Health Act and standards promulgated thereunder allow an employee representative to participate in the filing of complaints, requesting workplace inspections, participating in workplace...more

4/22/2014 - Employer Liability Issues OSHA Safety Precautions SEIU Unions

OSHA and Temporary Workers

For a variety of reasons, both economic and non-economic, employers have relied more and more heavily on independent contractors and temporary workers. Temporary workers being employees of temporary agencies, staffing...more

3/27/2014 - OSHA Staffing Agencies Temporary Employees

OSHA Releases New Tools For Hospital Safety

Over the years, the US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration ("OSHA") has focused attention on healthcare workers and the safety issues they face in a variety of ways. In 1999 OSHA proposed...more

1/16/2014 - Healthcare Workers Hospitals OSHA Workplace Safety

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