Webinar: Investigating and Resolving Sexual Assaults on Campus
Marijuana in the Workplace
5 Risks of Telecommuting (And How Employers Should Handle Them)
Court Schedules Arguments on FMCSA's New Hours of Service Rule on March 15, 2013
Lessons from Amusement Park Safety Concerns: An Integrated Approach to Business Regulation
On October 31, 2013, the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench released the sentencing decision in R. v. XI Technologies Inc., 2013 ABQB 651.
The Court of Queen’s Bench sentenced the employer to a fine of $275,000, inclusive...more
An adult who sustains injuries while trespassing has limited legal recourse because New Jersey premises liability law applies specifically to invitees or others who are on the premises for legal purposes. The law is less...more
As 2013 comes to an end, it's time for Australian employers start actioning their end of year employment checklist.
1. Annual Shutdowns -
Many Modern Awards require employers to provide a minimum of four weeks'...more
Most organizations in Ontario that have at least one employee and provide goods, services or facilities are required to comply with certain requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and...more
As 2013 comes to an end, we have been considering a number of workplace issues that employers might face at the end of the year and the beginning of the holiday season. In parts one and two of this blog series, we covered...more
As we already discussed, 3D printing technologies facilitates the creation of things but also is a great issue for managing traditional IP rights.
This is a technology that will challenge more and more an effective...more
In This Issue:
Federal Government; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland; Northwest Territories; Nova Scotia; Nunavut; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Québec/Quebec; Saskatchewan; and Yukon....more
Earlier this week, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the news release, “Crowd Management Measures Are Critical During Major Sales Events,” and sent a reminder to major retailers and retail...more
Amon Fire and B.A. Ware have been hunting buddies since high school and have hunted with each other many times. The two men head out one crisp November day to go turkey hunting, as they are bound and determined that this...more
The Senate approved a human prescription compounding bill (H.R. 3204) Monday by voice vote, sending it to President Obama for his signature. The bill had been in the works since last year, when a meningitis outbreak from...more
CPSC’s November 20, 2013 Commission hearing started with an emotional farewell from Chairman Inez Tenenbaum and high praise from her fellow Commissioners for her dedication to consumers and the agency. I joined the Chairman’s...more
One way in which next-generation manufacturing is impacting the automotive industry is the movement toward modular architecture. These designs use common underpinnings for various models across a variety of vehicle segments,...more
The second annual EHS Today's America's Safest Companies Conference, which was co-sponsored by Fisher & Phillips LLP, brought together several hundred stakeholders to discuss workplace safety issues affecting employers and to...more
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) may soon be facing an audit of its programs and oversight capabilities that could uncover some serious flaws in the agency’s regulation of the trucking industry. Since...more
In This Issue:
- High Court Takes on Union Strategy to Push Neutrality Agreements
- Justices Consider Pay for Union Workers to Don Safety Gear
- Appeals Court Rules for Employers Over Birth Control Coverage
An employee who attacked a coworker who warned of safety issues, has been sent to prison for four years.
CBC News reported that the employee was training a coworker on the use of heavy equipment, and that after the...more
Conflict is brewing over rear-view cameras on new vehicles.
Although many safety advocates want rear view cameras required on all new vehicles, the federal government’s stance on the issue is to merely recommend that...more
From communication methods to office space, technology continues to affect workplace norms. During the week of November 4th, for instance, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case involving the line between...more
Mississippi's Statewide Rule 13, addressing blowout preventers, currently states that, "[i]n drilling areas where high pressures are likely to exist and on all wildcat wells, all proper and necessary precautions shall be...more
On January 1, 2014, California employers will be required to pay a premium for failing to provide heat “recovery periods” to employees. This premium pay is similar to the premium pay already required for violations of...more
The transportation industry is always searching for new technology and best practices that can eliminate or reduce risky driving behavior, improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of fleets, and avoid frivolous and...more
On Saturday, October 19, 13 cars on a Canadian National train derailed west of Edmonton, Alberta, and three cars carrying liquefied natural gas leaked and burned. No injuries were reported. This accident follows a similar...more
In August, NHTSA adopted numerous amendments to its recall and early warning reporting (EWR) regulations. (See 78 Federal Register 51382 (Aug. 20, 2013)). Several of these amendments – which impact all vehicle and equipment...more
Sears issued another recall for 795,000 Kenmore brand dehumidifiers because of the units’ tendency to smoke, melt and catch on fire, posing fire and burn hazards to consumers. These defective dehumidifiers have caused...more
We are often asked whether post-accident fixes or improvements by an employer will be held against it if occupational health and safety charges are laid. For example, if an employer puts a guard on a machine after an employee...more