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Breach of a Safety 'Golden Rule' Does Not Give Employers an Absolute Unfair Dismissal Defence

A recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision reinforces that proving a work health and safety breach will not act as an impenetrable mantra to defend an unfair dismissal claim. Employers must prove they act consistently (and...more

HUD Clarifies How Davis-Bacon Applies to Project-Based Voucher and RAD Programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a new notice pertaining to the applicability of Davis-Bacon labor requirements to housing considered to be “existing” housing under the...more

OSHA’s Recordkeeping Rules Now Apply to Real Estate Industry Sectors

For the past 40 years, OSHA has required the majority of employers with ten (10) or more employees to maintain records of workplace illness, injury, or death. Those same employers are also required to post the annual summary...more

Employer on OSHA Severe Violator List Fined $1.76 Million Over Widespread Employee Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration maintains a Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) that concentrates inspection and enforcement resources on employers alleged to have committed repeated or willful...more

Has OSHA's Recent Shift Created The Most Complex Regulatory Requirements In History?

Pop quiz – What's the difference between a bakery, a liquor store and a lumber yard? According to OSHA, not much, when it comes to its newly-enacted reporting regulations....more

Reminder: New OSHA Recordkeeping Rules Took Effect January 1

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s revised illness and injury regulations took effect January 1 for employers in states with federal OSHA enforcement. States with their own OSHA enforcement programs...more

OSHA Update: OSHA Proposes To Regulate Retaliation Through Citation

In an unusual move, OSHA announced recently that it is seeking comments on proposed rules that would allow it to issue citations to employers who retaliate against employees who report injuries. The announcement comes in the...more

Federal OSHA Proposes to Take Over Enforcement of Construction Standards in Arizona

On August 21, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proposed to revoke its approval of Arizona’s state occupational health and safety plan with respect to construction. If OSHA follows through...more

MSHA Assistant District Manager Asserts That Competent Persons Performing Workplace Exams Are Agents of the Operator

At a mining industry safety conference in June, an MSHA Assistant District Manager stated that the agency viewed persons that perform workplace examinations pursuant to 30 C.F.R. § 56.18002 as performing an “agent-like”...more

Majority Of OHSA Fines In $100,000 To $150,000 Range In Fatality Cases, Court Notes

In sentencing an employer to a $115,000.00 fine in the case of a tragic workplace death, an Ontario Justice of the Peace has discussed the range of fines against employers convicted of charges under the Occupational Health...more

Davis-Bacon CityCenterDC Case

In a recent decision out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Judge Amy Jackson held that the Davis-Bacon Act (“Davis-Bacon”) did not apply to a privately-funded development of privately-maintained...more

District Court Rejects Challenge to Section 503 Final Rule

On Friday, March 21, 2014, Federal District Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled in favor of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) recent rule implementing Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, denying a...more

Illinois High Court Affirms Viability of Construction Industry Classification Law

The Illinois Supreme Court recently rejected a constitutional challenge by a roofing contractor who alleged the Illinois Employee Classification Act (ECA) violates procedural due process rights and is impermissibly vague. The...more

Utah Supreme Court "Repudiates" the Federal Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine

In an unapologetic rejection of a decades-old legal fiction hatched by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") and embraced by Utah Division of Occupational Safety and Health ("UOSH"), on January...more

On Second Thought, Wage Ordinance Does Not Expand Federal Court's Jurisdiction

Miami-Dade County's prevailing wage ordinance, which sets minimum wages on publicly funded construction projects, does not authorize plaintiffs to litigate prevailing wage claims in court under the auspices of the Fair Labor...more

OSHA’s Plan to Air Employers’ Potentially Dirty Laundry Online

Trying to keep your illness and injury reports low profile? According to new rules proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), not under their watch! At an estimated cost of $10.5 million per year...more

Argument Report: Are Statutory Penalties Under the Employee Classification Act Constitutional?

Bartlow v. Costigan involves a constitutional challenge: can the Department of Labor return administrative fines against construction contractors under the Employee Classification Act without mandatory evidentiary hearings?...more

OSHA Wins: Zone of Danger Creates Employer Liability

On a construction site, isn’t it enough to protect employees from existing hazards? And what does it matter if no one actually got hurt? The Sixth Circuit recently answered these questions: “No it’s not enough,” and...more

Are The Illinois Labor Department's Administrative Fines Unconstitutional?

Yesterday, the Illinois Supreme Court granted leave to appeal in four new civil cases. We begin our previews of these newest additions to the court’s docket with Bartlow v. Costigan, which raises a variety of constitutional...more

Don't Get Fried by Davis-Bacon

Web sites abound advising employees they can make “millions” by blowing the whistle on their employers for alleged violations of laws, rules, or regulations. The federal law known as the False Claims Act (FCA) also contains...more

OSHA Update - "Construction" or "Maintenance" What OSHA Standards Apply?

In most cases, deciding what OSHA standard applies to the work in question is straight forward. When it comes to deciding whether certain work is "construction," subject to OSHA's Construction Standards, or "maintenance,"...more

DOL Settles Debarment Proceeding Against Contractor for Violations of Wage and Benefit Laws While Employee Class Action Remains...

Contractors and Subcontractors Beware! Following a Department of Labor (DOL) investigation into payment practices on two federally funded construction projects in Manhattan: the Ciena Project on East 100th Street and the...more

The Davis-Bacon Corner

It is well-established that general contractors are responsible for their subcontractors’ compliance with Davis-Bacon. Nevertheless, we frequently encounter situations where the general contractor has failed to comply with...more

Charter Cities Are Not Required to Pay Prevailing Wages on Local Public Works Projects

Labor unions have long been at odds with California charter cities over whether such cities must pay prevailing wages on public works projects. While many charter cities have either not exempted themselves from state...more

Waiting Period Deleted From Bill Aimed At Predatory ADA Litigation Practices

A requirement to wait 30 days before filing lawsuits for construction-related accessibility claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act has been deleted from the latest version of a bill (SB 1186) winding its way through...more

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