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Workplace Safety

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

Arkansas Environmental Federation Health & Safety Seminar: Little Rock, Arkansas – November 2nd

The Arkansas Environmental Federation (“AEF”) will hold a Health and Safety Seminar (“Seminar”) on November 2nd in Little Rock, Arkansas....more

The Potential Perils Of "Managing Through The Payroll"

by Fisher Phillips on

Management's already-daunting, time-consuming responsibilities are further complicated by the need to motivate employees to do desirable things and to deter them from doing unwanted things. It is therefore understandable that...more

Industrial Manslaughter – Up to 20 Years Imprisonment and Maximum AUD10 Million Fine for Corporate Offenders

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Thursday 12 October 2017, the Queensland Parliament introduced legislation creating the criminal offence of 'Industrial Manslaughter' despite strong opposition from business and industry groups and concerns about the...more

Combating Opioid Abuse in the Workplace: A Proactive Approach For Employers

by Bowditch & Dewey on

Imagine your employee “Bob” has recently missed a lot work for unexplained reasons. Bob’s coworkers notice that he sometimes “nods off” while working, and his supervisor just reported to you that Bob became enraged while...more

Top 10 OSHA Citations for 2017

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the Top 10 most frequently cited alleged violations for fiscal year 2017, which ended September 30. The list changes little from year to year, but this year...more

OSHA’s New Crystalline Silica Standard is Now Being Enforced for Construction

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Enforcement began September 23, 2017, for the construction industry. Everyone covered by the standard is required to...more

OSHA’s 2017 Top Ten List

by Cozen O'Connor on

OSHA recently announced its top 10 most cited violations for fiscal year ending 2017. Although the order may change from year to year, it usually reflects the usual suspects of violations and this year’s list is no different....more

Amended OSHA Silicon Standard: Thirty Day Enforcement Phase-In Memorandum

\The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) previously published a March 25, 2016, Federal Register Notice stating it is amending its existing standards for occupational exposure to respirable in...more

California Supreme Court To Decide Whether OSHA Preempts District Attorney UCL Suit Over Workplace Safety

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In 2009, a tragic accident occurred at a manufacturing plant in Orange County when a water heater exploded and killed two employees. The incident was duly investigated by Cal OSHA, and criminal charges were eventually brought...more

Chicago City Council Committee Approves Hands Off-Pants On Ordinance to Protect Hotel Employees

On October 2, 2017, the Chicago City Council Committee on Workplace Development and Audit approved an amendment to the Municipal Code (the “Ordinance”) that, if approved by the full City Council, will require hotel employers...more

Striking the Right Balance in Workplace Behavior and Privacy

by Burr & Forman on

Employers often struggle with the balance between effective employee management and oversight and respect for employee privacy in the workplace. Striking the right balance is a difficult task for employers seeking to uphold...more

Active Shooter Response - Developing an Effective Policy

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Unfortunately, workplace violence is becoming an ever increasing liability in the workplace. Despite the presence of workplace violence prevention programs intended to avoid this hazard entirely within...more

Best in Law: Houston Has a Problem; Make Sure You Don’t - Partner D. Brian Reider Writes About Disaster Preparedness for the...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

As the horrible hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters unfolded recently, and wildfires have raged all over the West, we are reminded that the time is now to think carefully about disaster preparedness. Here in California, our...more

OSHA Adopts 30-Day “Phase-In” of Enforcement of Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: OSHA announced a thirty day phase-in for enforcement of the Crystalline Silica Standard for Construction under 29 CFR 1926.1153. The new rule will be fully effective by Monday, October 23, 2017....more

What Evidence is Required to Implement Random Drug and Alcohol Testing Policies in Safety Sensitive Workplaces?

by Field Law on

On September 28, 2017, the Alberta Court of Appeal issued its decision on Suncor Energy Inc v Unifor Local 707A, which considered the degree of evidence required to justify a random alcohol and drug testing policy. By way of...more

EEOC Sues Otto Candies for Disability Discrimination

Marine Transportation Service Provider Fired Employee Because of His Recurrent Pancreatitis, Federal Agency Charges - NEW ORLEANS - Otto Candies, LLC violated federal law when it discriminated against an employee because...more

OSHA Announces Top Ten Violations

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

OSHA recently released the top ten violations for fiscal year 2017, which ended September 30. Generally, this list does not change much from year to year with the top three violations always being fall protection, hazard...more

Employment Law Insights and Solutions (ELIS)

by Dentons on

In this special first edition of Dentons’ new global publication, Employment Law Insights and Solutions (ELIS), we identify some of the most important legislative developments and court decisions in the employment arena from...more

Mexico: STPS Expands Period Of Non-Working Days Due To Earthquake

by Littler on

On September 26, 2017, the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare (“Secretaria del Trabajo y Previsión Social” or “STPS”) expanded the block of days that are deemed as nonworking days, to allow authorities to inspect the damage...more

Contractor Assumes Non-Delegable Duty of Care for Safety of All Project Employees Through Standard Form Contract - Construction...

The construction industry’s use of standard form contracts (such as the AIA family of documents) is widespread and provides parties with consistent terms that govern their respective project obligations and the allocation of...more

Airport Active Shooter Incident — What Can Happen in Just 15 Seconds, and What Business Needs to Know

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: A recent active shooter incident at an international airport illustrates both how quickly an incident may be over, yet how ancillary impacts take much longer to resolve. While the shooter was apprehended in...more

Women and Workplace Safety: A Closer Look at the Data

According to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), women are less likely than men to incur workplace injuries, but the injuries reported by women are disproportionately unique to...more

Upcoming OSHA Deadlines That May Affect Your Business

by Perkins Coie on

With a new administration in place, regulatory action from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been reduced by nearly half from previous years, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s updated...more

Temperature Plays A Significant Role in Worker Injuries [Infographic]

by Howard Ankin on

Workers who are exposed to extreme temperatures on the job have a higher risk of injuries and chronic health problems. Exposure to prolonged periods of heat and cold account for thousands of work-related injuries each year....more

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