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Meatpacking – The Hidden Dangers

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has called meatpacking the most dangerous industry in the country, resulting in illnesses and injuries to over 40,000 workers each year. With such a high risk of illness and injury to workers, a...more

An HR Checklist for New Employers: You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew; How to Get Your 'Ship' Together

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Below is a condensed HR checklist that...more

Preparing for the MANDATORY Digital Age of Workplace Injury Reporting You are about to be "Nudged"

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") issued a final rule last month that will require certain employers to participate in electronic data collection and reporting of recordable workplace injuries and...more

WATER. REST. SHADE.

Heat is Creating More Legal Problems this Summer. It has been close to 100° in many southern states and even worse in the West. The Union of Concerned Scientists has warned of a “dangerous heat wave and steps to take....more

OSHA Increasing Fines for Violations

Penalties assessed against employers for OSHA workplace health and safety violations will be adjusted for inflation under a law passed by Congress. On Nov. 2, 2015, Congress passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015,...more

Can North Carolina Employers Terminate Employees Based on Threat of Domestic Violence Spillover?

How should Human Resources respond to the following scenario?: An employee reports that she recently separated from her husband and obtained a domestic violence restraining order. Several co-workers approach HR to report that...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 2016

The scope of the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act enacted on May 11, 2016 extends well beyond employment issues. However, its impact on an employer's asset protection and enforcement program is quite significant. Please...more

Learning from Orlando: addressing potentially violent employees

In the nine days since Omar Mateen opened fire in the Pulse nightclub, killing 49 individuals and injuring several others, a report surfaced that Mateen’s violent nature and potential to do harm to others was readily apparent...more

Even As They Lament The Horrific Reality Of Mass Violence, Employers Must Consider How To Prevent It In Their Workplaces

After last week’s horrific mass shooting in Orlando, which targeted the LGBT community, most of us have spent days lost in thought, in sadness, and in concern about how such tragedies continue to occur. As people return their...more

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2016

The minimum salary threshold to qualify for the executive, administrative, and professional exemptions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will more than double on December 1, 2016, from $23,660 per year to $47,476 per...more

Employers Should Evaluate Safety Incentive Programs and Drug Testing Policies in Light of New OSHA Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently published a final rule revising its recordkeeping and reporting regulation to specifically state that employer policies for reporting workplace injuries and...more

Illinois Aims to Reduce Workers’ Comp to Help State Economy”

Governor Bruce Rauner is looking to reduce the cost of doing business in Illinois by cutting back on workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance, among other initiatives. The efforts are a part of his Turnaround Agenda,...more

Construction E-Note - June 2016

In a Q&A published on May 13, 2016 by the Orlando Business Journal, Peter Vilmos provides insight on Orlando’s biggest construction challenges and offers solutions to the various issues facing the industry. Among those...more

Elevator Considered “Falling Object” Under New York Labor Law §240(1)

In McCrea v. Arnlie Realty Co. LLC, 2016 N.Y.App.Div LEXIS 4215 (1st Dep’t June 7, 2016), plaintiff, an elevator repairman, was present at defendant’s property to investigate a scraping noise that could be heard while the...more

European Commission Publishes Chemicals Legislation Roadmaps

The European Commission published two evaluation and fitness check roadmaps in May this year. These roadmaps will assist the Commission in assessing whether the current legislative framework for chemicals, including REACH, is...more

Alberta court of appeal dismisses worker’s appeal In his 20+ year old case against a developer

The Alberta Court of Appeal has recently confirmed that an owner/developer of a condominium conversion project was not liable for damages in a civil action commenced by a worker....more

Former head of OSHA discusses workplace injury policies, DOJ enforcement

At a recent presentation at the St. Louis office of Thompson Coburn, John Henshaw, the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA, offered some insights into several top-of-mind environmental, health and safety issues....more

Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act

Ontario’s new sexual violence and harassment law, the “Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2015” comes into force on September 8, 2016. The new law, which arises from the Ontario Government’s report, “It’s Never...more

MSHA Announces Proposed Rule on Workplace Exams

Last week, MSHA released its Proposed Rule for the Examinations of Working Places in Metal and Nonmetal Mines in the Federal Register, the Proposed Rule was formally published on June 8, 2016. The Proposed Rule addresses...more

Cal/OSHA Warns California Employers That Another Hot Summer is on the Horizon

On June 1, 2016, the California Occupational Safety and Health Division (Cal/OSHA), predicting that temperatures in certain parts of Southern California and even the cooler Bay Area are expected to exceed 100 degrees, issued...more

Workplace Harassment, a Changing Legislative Landscape

There are legislative changes on the horizon that will affect Ontario workplaces as part of the Ontario government’s “It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment.” Bill 132, Sexual Violence...more

Employment Law - June 2016

OSHA's Electronic Submission Rule Finalized - Why it matters - Three years in the making, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finalized a new rule mandating the electronic submission of injury...more

OSHA Finalizes Crystalline Silica Rule, Effective June 2016

After years in the making and thousands of comments to the proposed rule from 2013, OSHA has finalized the Crystalline Silica Rule for General Industry and Maritime. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on...more

MSHA Announces Proposed Rule on Mine Examinations

MSHA announced today that it has formally submitted a proposed mine examination rule for publication in the June 8, 2016 Federal Register. The proposed mine examination rule (RIN:1219-AB87) would require metal and nonmetal...more

Reverse burden of proof sinks no-show employer: OLRB awards more than $25,000 for safety-reprisal

An employer that failed to attend a safety-reprisal hearing has been ordered to pay two employees damages of more than $25,000.00. The employees filed an application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board claiming that...more

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