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EPA Announces Revisions to Its Worker Protection Standard

On September 28, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced revisions to its worker protection standard. EPA states that these revisions are intended to “enhance the protections provided to agricultural...more

NIOSH Drive Safely Work Week 2015 – Is Your Company (and its Policies) Ready?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Center for Motor Vehicle Safety (CMVS), through its NIOSH Science Blog, recently featured the Drive Safely Work Week campaign. The event is scheduled for this...more

Could Virginia shooting happen at your workplace?

One of the first reactions to surface after reading about unthinkable workplace violence, such as the recent Virginia news station shooting, is, “that’s awful, but something like that could never happen here…” Perhaps it...more

Wearable Technology: Rewards and Risks

Wearables will soon be everywhere. They’ll be on our wrists, around our waists, arms, and fingers, in our shoes, and embedded in our uniforms. Wearable technology promises great things for employers, but like all technology...more

Moving company fined under smoke-free workplace legislation

As one employer learned recently, smoke-free workplace legislation has teeth. According to a Nunavut government press release, a government safety officer, in a workplace inspection, “observed evidence of smoking in the...more

EEOC Sues Dehaven’s Transfer & Storage, Inc. for Pregnancy Discrimination

Moving Company Fired Female Employee Because She Was Pregnant, Federal Agency Charges - DURHAM, N.C. - DeHaven's Transfer & Storage, Inc., a residential and commercial moving company, violated federal law when it fired a...more

The Immigrant Family Business: Succeeding in the American Market

Statue Of Liberty Against A Golden Sky There is nothing uniquely American about the concept of family business. Families have operated businesses in every nation of the world, and some cultures are well known for fostering...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished...Can "Good Samaritans" Trigger OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens Standard?

Many companies that maintain first aid kits and AED (automated external defibrillator) units at their facilities do not assign specific employees to provide first aid/medical assistance in times of need. Rather, companies...more

The latest challenges in health and safety in the mining industry

We recently attended the Health, Safety, Environment and Community Conference convened by the NSW Minerals Council. The Conference drew together participants from across the mining industry in NSW to look at what miners are...more

Business owner facing criminal and provincial charges in workplace death

Both the RCMP and provincial health and safety officials have laid charges against an owner of a body shop in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia after a worker died. The worker was killed when the vehicle he was working on caught...more

OSHA Updates “General Industry Digest”

Federal OSHA has recently revised and re-published its “General Industry Digest” (Digest). OSHA 2201-08R 2015. The Digest gives an overview of OSHA’s general industry standards to aid employers, supervisors, workers, and...more

Basics of Employment Law in Austria: Part I

Austria, located in the heart of Central Europe, with a population of approximately 8.4 million people, is considered by many to be the ideal place for international employers to do business. It is one of the wealthiest, most...more

OSHA Violations: Managers and Others May Have Personal Civil and/or Criminal Liability

Historically, there are few criminal convictions for violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, and the majority of those violations were related to dishonesty during OSHA inspections and interviews. Though...more

Drug Test Entitles Workers to Union Rep

The NLRB says sending a worker for a drug test is the same as disciplinary action and the worker gets to be accompanied by a Union representative. Manhattan Beer Distribs. LLC, 362 N.L.R.B. No. 192 (August 27, 2015). In this...more

Can provincial OHSA legislation apply across borders? Ontario OHSA protects employee for safety concerns raised while temporarily...

The question often arises as to whether occupational health and safety legislation in an employee’s home province protects him or her when temporarily working in another province.  According to one recent Ontario Labour...more

Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

Snowplow driver dismissed due to two accidents, not workplace violence “head-butting” complaint

A snowplow driver’s bad driving record, not his workplace violence complaint, was the reason for his dismissal, the Ontario Labour Relations Board has decided. Vehicle safety and safe road conduct were important to the...more

OSHA Issues Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in Response to Court Ruling

On July 29, 2015, the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking clarifying its position on an employer’s obligation to make and maintain “accurate” records of...more

OSHA Updates National Emphasis Program on Amputations

In August 2015, OSHA updated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Amputations.  Based on a review of data from general industry as well as targeted industries, OSHA determined that workplace amputations were being...more

The On-Air Shootings At WDBJ-TV: When Bad Things Happen To Good Employees

What could WDBJ7-TV have done to prevent Wednesday morning’s tragic on-air murders? Unfortunately, probably not a thing. I’m a second-guesser, and I have spent much of the last 48 hours racking my brain about what the...more

Tennessee's "Guns In Trunks" Law: What Employers Need To Know Now

In summary, an employer may prohibit guns anywhere on company property, but an employee with a handgun-carry permit may keep a gun out of sight in a locked vehicle in the parking lot. All other possession of weapons on...more

5 Workplace Safety Tips to Protect Employees from Violent Co-Workers (While Complying with Employment Laws)

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), homicide is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. This article gives employers practical advice aimed at keeping the...more

Indiana Employment Law Update: 5 Changes to Laws You Should Know

A number of significant changes to Indiana employment law took effect on July 1, 2015. These changes affected employer’s obligations in areas such as hiring, wages, discrimination, and termination. If employers have not...more

New OSHA Directive to Assist in Early Resolution of Whistleblower Complaints

On August 19, 2015, OSHA issued new policies and procedures (Compliance Directive: CPL 02-03-006) for applying a new process for resolving whistleblower disputes. This directive is OSHA’s attempt to institute an early...more

Must Poultry Employers Comply with Terms of Letter from Heads of USDA and OSHA?

OSHA recently reminded the Poultry Industry that it has not lost interest in a multiple front attack on processors, as shown by the almost $1,000,000 in citations issued against a Midwestern processor. You should view these...more

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