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Corporate Director Fined Under OHSA In Safety Belt Case

A corporate director of a stucco company has been fined $3,000.00 under the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that workers used safety belts on elevated work platforms. ...more

Rexnord Industries to Pay $25,000 in EEOC Disability Bias Suit

Company Fired Employee Because It Regarded Her as Disabled, Federal Agency Charged - MILWAUKEE - A federal magistrate judge in Milwaukee has entered a consent decree resolving a disability discrimination lawsuit...more

Utah Supreme Court "Repudiates" the Federal Multi-Employer Worksite Doctrine

In an unapologetic rejection of a decades-old legal fiction hatched by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") and embraced by Utah Division of Occupational Safety and Health ("UOSH"), on January...more

OSHA Law Update: Potential Changes to OSHA's Process Safety Management Standard

Last year, President Obama issued Executive Order 13650 which requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to publish a Request for Information (“RFI”) to identify issues related to modernizing the...more

SafeWork Australia Releases Amended Work Health and Safety Regulations

SafeWork Australia has issued a revised version of the model Work Health and Safety Regulations (Regulations). The Regulations are not yet in force, but will introduce the following key changes if they are adopted in...more

The Transformation of the Workplace Through Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Automation

In This Report: - Explanation And Scope Of This Preliminary Littler Report - Introduction - Workplace LAW Challenges And Solutions - A. Human Displacement - B. Union And Non-Union...more

More Lessons From Workplace Safety For The Compliance Practitioner

I have long believed that the compliance discipline has quite a bit to learn from the area of safety in the workplace. This is not only because I believe that the changes in corporate attitudes about safety presage many of...more

Worker Safety Under Review After UPS Plane Accident

Worker safety is under review after a serious UPS plane accident that occurred in Birmingham. The entire incident is under review, including the actions of the Alabama airport, air traffic controllers and UPS pilots. The...more

OSHA Launches New Website to Protect Hospital Workers

On Jan. 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched a new educational resource, Worker Safety in Hospitals. The online resource provides an extensive set of...more

OSHA Releases New Tools For Hospital Safety

Over the years, the US Department of Labor Occupational Health and Safety Administration ("OSHA") has focused attention on healthcare workers and the safety issues they face in a variety of ways. In 1999 OSHA proposed...more

Wisconsin Appeals Court Allows Asbestos Case To Proceed Under Safe Place Statute

Robert Viola was a pipe insulator for 25 years, often working in buildings and power plants owned by Wisconsin Electric Power Company (“WEPCO”). After Mr. Viola died, the administrator of his estate brought a lawsuit against...more

Are You Prepared To Comply With New Employment Laws And Requirements In 2014?

The New Year brings new employment laws and requirements for businesses. For example, as reported in the most recent edition of The Fast Laner, Illinois became the last state to allow people to carry concealed firearms....more

July 1, 2014 Deadline To Provide Ontario’s New Safety Awareness Program To Employees (Your Current Program Is Probably Not Good...

The clock is ticking. All Ontario employers must provide their workers and supervisors with “basic occupational health and safety awareness training” by July 1st, or they will be in violation of a new regulation under the...more

When Domestic Violence Becomes a Workplace Business Risk

Let’s start this conversation by remembering that the R in GRC stands for Risk. And while we normally think of risk in terms of business operations and regulatory compliance, we should always consider the risks to our most...more

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