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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

Company Owner Sentenced 10-20 Years for Workplace Safety Violations

In November, a New Hampshire court sentenced the owner of a gunpowder manufacturing company to 10-20 years in prison for manslaughter based on workplace safety conditions that led to the deaths of two employees. OSHA...more

OLRB Has No Authority To Order Government Investigation Of Safety-Reprisal Complaint

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has held that it has no authority to order the Ontario Ministry of Labour to conduct an investigation into an employee’s safety-reprisal complaint, nor could the OLRB base its decision on...more

Repeat Worker Safety Violations Cited For Alabama Steel Company

An Alabama steel company is feeling the effects of OSHA's national emphasis program to eradicate workplace-related amputations....more

Australia: Safety First: Adverse Action in the context of work health and safety

SUMMARY - The recent Federal Court decision in AMWU v Visy Packaging Pty Ltd (No 3) [2013] FCA 525 demonstrates the careful balancing act an employer faces when disciplining an employee for misconduct where the...more

Part-Owner Of Company Convicted, Fined Personally Under OHSA

Company owners are not immune from potential convictions and fines under workplace safety laws....more

Avoiding Workplace Injuries And Protecting Your Rights As An Employee

An injury at work can be devastating for you and your family. Despite major strides reducing workplace injuries and deaths in the past four decades, more than 4,500 workers still die each year. Another 4.1 million are...more

Patton Boggs Insights - December 2012: Litigation/Courts: Kentucky Mine Operator, Supervisors Plead Guilty

A Kentucky coal mine operator and two of its supervisors have pled guilty to willful safety violations in the wake of a miner’s death....more

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