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Quirky Question #244, An Update on Ebola

In Quirky Question #244, we discussed what employers should do to protect their employees and businesses in light of the potential Ebola threat. Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 700 Minnesota National...more

WARNING: Don’t Forget About OSHA’s Crowd Safety Requirements During The Black Friday Frenzy

Every year, Black Friday, the annual day-after Thanksgiving sales event, draws a record number of shoppers. In 2013, the National Retail Federation reported that 137 million shoppers participated in Black Friday....more

To Keep or Not Keep Your Employees Safe in the Face of Ebola: Is That Even a Question?

For employers, dealing with the Ebola "crisis" is not as theoretical as it has been made out to be. There are already a number of laws, regulations, and guidance in place to help pave the path for employers. This country has...more

Mine Fatalities: Causes, Prevention, and MSHA Enforcement

A number of fatal mine accidents occurred in the United States between January 1 and September 22, 2014. Coal Mines - - Four underground employees on foot were crushed by equipment in operation. - Two...more

Global Employers: How Are You Managing Workplace Concerns About Ebola?

While the world moves quickly to contain the Ebola virus, businesses across the globe are scrambling to figure out how best to manage workplace concerns and protect their employees. But as employers develop their Ebola...more

Beyond the CDC Guidelines – Additional Preparations for Ebola Virus

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has continually been issuing new guidelines for Ebola screening and treatment. Several states have differed with the CDC to require stricter procedures.[1] The incongruity and media...more

Ebola and infectious disease control: key points for hospitals and health systems

Dr. David Relman, a professor of infectious disease, microbiology and immunology at Stanford University's medical school, was quoted recently saying of the Ebola virus: “As best we can tell right now, it is quite possible...more

Ebola: Key employment legal issues for multinational employers

As the number of Ebola cases hits the 10,000 mark, employers the world over are looking to put in place plans to prepare in the unlikely event that an employee becomes exposed to or ill with the virus. Is your business...more

Ebola and Other Pandemic Outbreaks: Insights and Legal Considerations for U.S. Employers

According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), Ebola hemorrhagic fever (sometimes called Ebola Virus Disease, EVD or Ebola) is the disease caused by infection with an Ebola virus. Workers performing...more

Protecting Your Workforce: What You Need to Know About Ebola

The Ebola virus disease (“Ebola”) has become a worldwide threat, which, among many other effects, has forced employers to think about how to protect their employees. Employers also must consider how Ebola might impact...more

10 Strategies for Addressing Ebola in the Workplace

The American public is currently experiencing significant anxiety in the face of widespread news coverage of the 2014 Ebola epidemic — the largest in history according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...more

Prepare, Don’t Panic – Seven Tips for Ebola Preparedness in the Workplace

While there have only been four confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, public concern about the potential spread of the virus has been growing rapidly. Most experts agree that the U.S. health system is well-equipped...more

Ebola answers for employers

It comes as no surprise that employers increasingly find themselves dealing with workplace challenges relating to Ebola. The issues tend to arise in two contexts: How should employers respond to employee concerns, and what...more

Does your company have a Pandemic Coordinator and/or Team to ensure that its employees/business are protected in times of...

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recommends that employers be prepared in advance to deal with the unique workplace issues which arise in the event of a pandemic. The issues extend well beyond whether...more

New OSHA Guidance – Roadmap to Complying with its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard

Although OSHA implemented its Cranes and Derricks in Construction Standard (29 C.F.R. 1926 Subpart CC) back in 2010, it just now released its directive for how OSHA inspectors should enforce that rule. Multiple layers of...more

Be Prepared: Understanding the Impact That the Ebola Outbreak May Have on Employers

Two months ago, many Americans were unfamiliar with the term “Ebola.” It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Today, you cannot turn on your television or read a news article without hearing or seeing reference to this...more

On the Road With Autonomous Vehicles and the Insurance Industry, Issue No. 3

Autonomous Vehicles and Liability - Autonomous vehicles (AVs) promise to deliver greater safety by significantly reducing accidents caused by driver error. However, AVs will not eliminate accidents, and associated...more

What Employers Need to Know about Ebola

Call to Action: It is critical that employers begin to consider the important issues that the Ebola outbreak raises about preparedness, protocols and workplace safety in order to be ready for any potential outcome. This is...more

Court considers safety, fatigue of replacement workers in granting picketing injunction

A British Columbia judge has considered an employer’s concerns for the safety of replacement workers, in granting an injunction against picketing workers. The employer and Unifor were in a labour dispute. Unifor was...more

California Court of Appeal Limits the Scope of California's Unfair Competition Law by Denying Availability of Civil Penalties for...

The Court of Appeal for the State of California, Fourth Appellate District in Solus Industrial Innovations, LLC v. Superior Court (2014) 229 Cal.App.4th 1291, held that a California district attorney cannot pursue civil...more

Health Care: Ebola Advisory For Health Care Facilities and Providers (10/14)

Yesterday, the CDC issued revised guidance ("Guidance") detailing personal protective equipment (PPE) standards, including donning and doffing PPE, for all healthcare workers entering the room of a patient hospitalized with...more

GAO Releases Report on CPSC Response to New and Emerging Hazards

On October 14, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a report entitled “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Challenges and Options for Responding to New and Emerging Risks.” The report analyzes the timeliness...more

Work Plan Signals Expanded Calif. Green Chemistry Program

As part of its Safer Consumer Products Regulation (SCPR) under California’s Green Chemistry Initiative, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) on September 13, 2014 issued its Draft Priority Product Three-Year Work...more

Violation of OSHA Standards Now More Costly in Wisconsin

Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court resolved its first case of the year. It affirmed, by an equally divided court, the published opinion of the court of appeals in Sohn v. LIRC, 350 Wis. 2d 469. The Wisconsin Court of...more

Ebola Preparedness for Employers: U.S. OSHA Launches Ebola Web Page

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched an Ebola Web Page for employers providing information on Ebola and how to protect workers. OSHA states that workers, including...more

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