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3 Practical Challenges for Employers Created by Legalized Marijuana

When Massachusetts voters legalized the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes four years ago, the impact on most employers was limited to clarifying that “legal” marijuana use was still generally prohibited in the...more

What is the Current Status of OSHA’s Injury and Illness Reporting Rule?

As we previously reported on this blog, OSHA recently made sweeping changes to its injury and illness reporting rule. The agency delayed enforcement of the rule until December 1, 2016. Many industry advocates were hoping...more

6 Employment Actions That Can “Automatically” Land Your Hospital In Court

As a healthcare employer, it must be tempting to want to develop rigid workplace rules that will help newbie bosses reach conclusions almost automatically, especially where the best nurses or techs often become supervisors...more

Can Employers Continue Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing?

On January 1, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new recordkeeping and reporting rule took effect. The main impact of this rule requires employers to electronically file annual injury and...more

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana....more

Federal court ruling means OSHA drug testing limitations are now live

As we previously discussed, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration made waves earlier this year with its newly announced position that employers who conduct post-accident drug or alcohol testing might violate...more

Anti-Retaliation Provision of OSHA’s Final Rule Is Now In Effect

As we previously reported, in May, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a final rule changing the way it collects, and employers report, workplace injury and illness data. Under these new...more

Navigating Through the Smoke: The Intersection of Marijuana Legalization and Employment Law

Public approval for medical and recreational marijuana is at an all-time high. In November 2016, four states voted to legalize recreational marijuana: California, Nevada, Massachusetts and Maine (although, at the time of this...more

EEOC Increases Scrutiny of Employer Actions Taken Against Prescription Drug Users

Prescription drug abuse has made national news in the last few years. In March 2016, President Obama noted that “prescription opioid abuse and [the] heroin epidemic claims the lives of tens of thousands of Americans each...more

Employers Should Review Their Drug Testing Policies To Avoid Possible OSHA Penalties

Effective November 1, 2016, employers now face several new requirements from OSHA relating to injury and illness reporting. Among other requirements that went into effect, employers should now post OSHA’s “It’s the Law”...more

OSHA’s New Anti-Retaliation Workplace Illness and Injury Reporting Rule: How Employers Can Prepare

On November 28, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas denied a preliminary injunction that sought to block the nationwide implementation of the new Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s...more

OSHA’s Regulation of Post-Accident Drug and Alcohol Testing to Become Effective, For Now

On November 28, 2016, a federal district court issued an order that allowed OSHA to move forward with implementation of its controversial standards related to mandatory post-accident drug testing programs and incident-based...more

OSHA Anti-Retaliation Rule Will Take Effect December 1

A federal judge on November 28 refused to block implementation of the anti-retaliation provisions of OSHA’s recordkeeping and reporting rule scheduled to take effect December 1, 2016. The business groups challenging the rule...more

Big Changes Coming with New OSHA Rule on Electronic Reporting of Workplace Injuries

Effective January 1, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will begin enforcing its new rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. Although the final rule was issued on May 12,...more

OSHA Issues Awaited Guidance Concerning Injury Reporting and Anti-Relation Obligations, Yet Leaves Unanswered Questions for...

For many years the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has expressed significant concerns regarding its belief that regulated employers have been underreporting employee injuries or illnesses to OSHA and even...more

OSHA Issues Guidance on How it Will Enforce New Anti-Retaliation Regulation

Soon after delaying the effective date of §1904.35 for a second time, this time until December 1, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration posted formal guidance on its website explaining how the Agency interprets...more

OSHA Clarifies Its “Just Say No” to Automatic Post-Accident Drug-Testing Position

How do employers reconcile automatic drug-testing required by workers’ compensation laws with the provisions of OSHA’s new Rule saying that automatic testing could be retaliatory? Following our recent blog on that issue, many...more

Just Say No to Automatic Post-Accident Drug-Testing

Do you automatically drug-test after all work-related injuries or accidents? If so, you should change your policy immediately in light of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new reporting Rule, which went into...more

OSHA Post-Accident Drug Testing

On August 10, 2016, OSHA’s final rules on electronic reporting of workplace injuries went into effect. The new rules require employers to implement “a reasonable procedure” for employees to report workplace injuries that...more

High Speed Hiring: The Importance of Anti-Discrimination Practices in Online Employment Advertising

There are currently more than 1 billion websites accessible to the world by just the click of a mouse or the swipe of a phone screen. The Internet has become a major part of more than 3 billion active users everyday lives,...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Portions of New Recordkeeping Rules

In response to employer complaints and a new federal lawsuit, on July 13, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a delay in enforcement of the non-retaliation portions of its new injury and...more

Medical Marijuana In The Workplace [Video]

In this video podcast, McNees Attorney Denise Elliott discusses medical marijuana’s impact on the workplace....more

New OSHA Rule May Require Employers to Update Drug-Testing Policies

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new reporting rule goes into effect August 10, 2016. Although it does not expressly address post-accident drug testing, OSHA’s commentary related to the new rule...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement of Anti-Retaliation Provisions

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on July 13, 2016, that the anti-retaliation provisions included in the revised recordkeeping regulation, 29 CFR Part 1904, will not be enforced until November...more

New OSHA Rule Effective Next Month – Are Your Drug-Testing Policies Placing You At Risk?

Certain provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA’s”) new reporting Rule, which go into effect on August 10, 2016, implicate employers’ post-injury and post-accident drug-testing policies. As...more

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