Ministry of Labour managers have discretion as to whether to send out an inspector when an employer calls after-hours about a workplace accident, a recent decision suggests.
An MOL inspector filed a grievance under his...more
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate has recently begun implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in response to an August 2013 report released by...more
Employers can expect more on-site audits from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) as part of its normal procedures in investigating Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations, according to statements made by FMLA Branch...more
USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate is expected to begin full-scale implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in the near future. FDNS conducts unannounced administrative site visits...more
Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS), a faction of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), confirmed recently in a stakeholder teleconference that the FDNS plans to start making surprise visits to employers...more
The French Data Protection Authority (the CNIL) has announced its 2014 inspection targets, with the goal of reaching 550 inspections for the year. Last year, the CNIL carried out 414 inspections.
Capitalizing on a...more
There are four ways the government can enter onto private property:
- It has permission of the property owner.
- In an emergency (Tenth Amendment/police power).
- It has a search warrant, based on...more
1. Before you begin looking for a home, get yourself pre-approved -
Who wants to look at houses when at the end of the day, you will never be able to swing the payment? Contacting a mortgage professional will give you...more
As we discussed in a previous post, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued an interpretation letter last year stating that non-employee union organizers or community activists could “represent”...more
Commercial property buyers, landlords and tenants should be aware that a little known City of Pittsburgh ordinance requires building owners to conduct periodic inspections of building façade exteriors in the City. Many...more
In a case that will be closely watched, an Ontario judge has permitted a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Labour for “negligent inspection” of a workplace....more
An inspector’s alleged statement that, “our branch is different up here. I know in southern Ontario they fine, fine, fine. But we don’t do that here” was not a promise that he wouldn’t lay charges under the Occupational...more
On September 10th of this year, the President and CEO of the American Waterways Operators (AWO) appeared before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and called for finalization by late 2013 or...more
Motel owners challenged a Los Angeles Municipal Code provision requiring hotel guest records to be made available to any Los Angeles Police Department officer for inspection. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth...more
OSHA has issued a proposed regulation that, for the first time ever, would require certain employers to submit workplace injury and illness data directly to OSHA in electronic format. After being submitted, the data would...more
The government is moving in a direction to make the corporate formation and supervision process more user-friendly. Two key changes are expected to happen in the near future. The first is the abolishment of the registered...more
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) created and implemented the Administrative Site Visit and Verification Program (ASVVP) in July 2009, under which it conducts unannounced site inspections at the...more
Many articles on handling OSHA inspections provide the same basic guidelines and little explanation of why an employer should take certain steps. Readers already know to take photos whenever the Compliance Officer takes...more
The estimated number of illegal immigrants in the United States exceeded 11 million as of 2011, and many reports state that number has grown since then. Tying numbers to economic conditions, more recent studies report that...more
On August 16, 2013, a master in chancery issued a draft report recommending that the Delaware Chancery Court dismiss a request by an activist stockholder to inspect the books and records of a large corporation that produces...more
Inspections and data protection audits from regulators are on the rise across Europe, and this trend is likely to continue. The latest figures for 2012 show that the French data protection authority (Commission Nationale de...more
Recent provisions issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology underscore the country’s increased emphasis on the protection of telecommunications and internet users’ personal information....more
If OSHA pays you a visit anytime in the next few months, you can expect that they will look at egress issues at your workplace. In the June 17 edition of OSHA's Quick Takes, OSHA issued the following...more
In May 2013, the Ninth Circuit in Center for Food Safety v. Vilsack, No. 12-15052 (9th Cir. May 17, 2013), affirmed a district court’s ruling that upheld the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection...more
On July 16, 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that it is launching a campaign that aims to protect healthcare workers from musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)....more
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