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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – The Supreme Court May Decide Whether Payments for Meal Breaks Can Offset Alleged Off-The-Clock Work

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Pending before the United States Supreme Court is a petition for writ of certiorari asking the Court to determine whether an employer may use payments for bona fide meal periods as an offset/credit against compensable work...more

Classic Car Accidents and Seat Belts

Woodland Hills Personal Injury Attorney Barry P. Goldberg sees all sorts of classic cars on the road in California, but how many do you think have seat belts? Are they required? Believe it or not, older vehicles may not...more

Check Your Dress Codes and Decide If You Really Need One (Or Want to Enforce It)

Dress codes—a helpful workplace rule or a trap for the unwary? A recent Forbes article (High Heels and Workplace Dress Codes: Urgent Action Needed, Say U.K. MPs) relates the story of Nicola Thorp, who was sent home from her...more

Employer loses wrongful dismissal case after court finds safety rules unclear

by Dentons on

An employer has lost a wrongful dismissal case after a court found that its safety rules, which it alleged the employee violated, were unclear and not clearly-communicated. The employee worked at a solid waste facility...more

Scrap Processor Sentenced on OSHA Criminal Violation Causing Death of Employee

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Companies cannot go to prison, but their executives and managers can when they violate the OSHA laws. And, companies can face stiff fines and other business-disrupting (or ending) collateral consequences...more

IRSST Studies Efficacy of N95 Respirators in Conditions Representative of Human Breathing

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On June 28, 2016, Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) issued a press release announcing the availability of a study on “Efficiency Evaluation of N95 FFRs under Cyclic and Constant...more

Active and Passive Car Safety Features

by Howard Ankin on

The days of fully automated cars may be just over the horizon, but in the meantime, new technologies are making driving safer than ever before. A slew of features now available on vehicles serve as accident prevention...more

New Study Says ... Pace of Adopting Active Safety System Should Be Picked Up

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Vehicle safety systems are experiencing a period of development unlike any in the history of the industry. While the 20th century focused on passive safety systems, such as crumple zones, seat belts, and airbags, these...more

Supreme Court Briefing Begins in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, A Potential Wage and Hour Blockbuster

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a case that could change how wage and hour class and collective actions are litigated, Tyson Foods, Inc. recently filed its opening Supreme Court brief. Tyson seeks reversal of a $5.8 million judgment in favor of meat...more

Supreme Court to Decide Class Action Issues Involving Settlement Offers to Named Plaintiffs, Statistical Sampling and Class Member...

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

I’ve been delayed a bit in reporting on this, but the October 2015 term of the U.S. Supreme Court is shaping up to be a blockbuster one for class action law. Perhaps even bigger than the October 2010 term, which brought us...more

Proposed Rule Regarding Fire Safety Equipment Loans, Office of Residential Care Facilities (ORCF), January 14, 2015

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

On January 14, HUD released the proposed rule Updating Regulations Governing HUD Fees and the Financing of the Purchase and Installation of Fire Safety Equipment in FHA-Insured Healthcare Facilities....more

North River Ins. Co. v. Mine Safety Appliances Co., — A.3d —, 2014 WL 5784588 (Del. 2014)

by Morris James LLP on

Mine Safety Appliances Company (“MSA”), a safety appliances company, faced a multitude of personal injury claims due to alleged defects in its safety equipment. MSA, in turn, sought costs, including legal fees, costs of...more

Optional Safety Features: Let the Sophisticated Purchaser Decide

by Wilson Elser on

Products used in an industrial setting, such as forklift trucks, are typically designed to offer the purchaser the option of choosing certain safety features and excluding others that are available. The particular setting...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: PA Issues On Appeal - Sales and Use Tax (Part 1)

by McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC on

In our last issue of PA Tax Law News, we provided a list of arguments raised in Pennsylvania Corporate Net Income Tax, Capital Stock Tax and Franchise Tax appeals recently filed with the Commonwealth Court. The purpose of...more

But I Feel Like A Sausage – The OHSA Does Not Require Employer To Provide “Winter Coveralls”: Arbitrator

by Dentons on

As tight as summer coveralls might be with winter clothing underneath, the Occupational Health and Safety Act does not require employers to provide winter coveralls to crane operators, a Newfoundland arbitrator has held....more

Under FLSA Section 203(o) Does the Term "Changing Clothes" Include the Time a Manufacturing Employee Spends Putting On and Taking...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For minimum wage and over-time purposes, Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) states that "hours worked" does not include time spent "changing clothes" if that time is excluded from working time by the...more

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