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Workplace Violence: Keeping Employees Safe

Cartoonists shot at work in Paris. Teachers killed while trying to protect their students in Newtown, Connecticut. A CEO shot in the head and stomach by a recently demoted employee in Illinois. News reports are filled with...more

Workplace Winter Safety: Protecting Employees from Winter Weather

Last year, temperatures throughout the United States dropped to record lows; and weather stations were abuzz with tips on preparing for the “polar vortex,” which brought with it arctic blasts and heavy snowfall....more

Employment Law Reporter – January 2015

New Laws for 2015 - With hundreds of laws being proposed in the California Legislature each year, it is hardly a surprise that more than a few are signed into law. For employers, staying abreast of these new laws is a...more

Five 2015 Environmental, Health and Safety Issues Manufacturers Need to Keep An Eye on

Matt set a pretty high bar last week, summarizing his thoughts for what could be a tumultuous 2015 on the labor and employment front. Now, it’s my turn to provide some thoughts for 2015 the EHS front. I’m not sure I’d call...more

Top 10 Considerations for Employers Addressing Ebola and Other Dangerous Contagious Diseases in the Workplace

Until July 2014, the Ebola virus contained in the West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone presented no real risk to Americans on American soil. Since that time, just over a dozen patients have been treated...more

OSHA Ups the Ante: Changes to Your Injury Reporting Obligations in 2015

The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration ("OSHA") is the federal agency within the Department of Labor that is tasked with reducing workplace hazards and implementing worker health and safety protections. To that...more

Employment Law Reporter – December 2014: An IIPP? What’s an IIPP? It’s something confusing that oughtn’t be!

An IIPP is an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, and its purpose is to improve the safety and health in the workplace by reducing costs of injury and increasing employee awareness. An IIPP has been a mandatory requirement...more

Gavel to Gavel: What's in store for employers?

In 2014, the government’s employment agencies were aggressive and active in terms of investigations and lawsuits. Employers should expect this to continue in the new year and pay particular attention to the...more

Expect the Best, Prepare for the Worst: OSHA Enforcement Looms Over Black Friday

“Black Friday” is the day after Thanksgiving and considered by many to be the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent times, the term “Black Friday” has been associated with the concept that retailers’ shift from...more

Will Ebola Drive a New OSHA Infectious Disease Standard?

If asked, most safety directors, human resource professionals and others involved regularly with OSHA would probably cite construction as the industry most associated with employee injury and illness. Yet, according to OSHA...more

OSHA Strengthens Local Emphasis on Hazardous Chemical Compliance

Omaha Area Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced a brand-new local emphasis program that will introduce regular health inspections at funeral homes, product and chemical...more

‘Tis the (Retail) Season, Part I: OSHA’s Tips for a Safe Black Friday

In advance of the holiday season, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding retail employers to take precautions to prevent workplace injuries during major sales events,...more

Ebola Preparedness

How should an employer respond when it learns that an employee is planning a trip to West Africa to visit family? What if other employees refuse to come to work because they fear that the returning employee may have been...more

Combatting Ebola in the Workplace – and “Fearbola” Too!

For the first time in weeks, online news reports have been relatively Ebola free. This week, the last Ebola patient in the U.S. was declared Ebola free and released from the New York hospital where he had been quarantined....more

Ebola: best practices for US employers – 6 questions to ask

The 2014 Ebola outbreak is the largest one of its type in history and the first in West Africa. A severe and often fatal disease in humans, Ebola symptoms include fever, headache, joint and muscle aches, weakness, diarrhea,...more

Ebola May Be Bad Enough, But There Is OSHA, Too

Although most hospitals likely will never encounter a true case of Ebola, that does not mean they are immune to its harms. With nurses and other clinicians clamoring for adequate workplace protections, hospitals must decide...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Protecting Employees from Ebola"

Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States, there is understandable concern about contracting it. Obviously hospitals have a clear responsibility to protect their employees, but what about non-healthcare...more

Six Considerations For Employers Faced With The Ebola Virus Or Other Infectious Diseases

As the Ebola virus has spread to a second city in the United States, and with the potential for additional cities to be affected, many businesses are faced with the difficult task of determining how to properly handle their...more

Employers: How Prepared Are You for Ebola?

Rapidly changing circumstances raise workplace questions. The Ebola epidemic in 2014 has already been confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as the worst in history. The extent of this outbreak is...more

The health care industry's need for better health programs

Health care workers in Alabama have likely heard about the Ebola virus making its way to Texas, where a second hospital worker contracted the virus. The situation has shown that there may be a need for better health and...more

Top Five Steps for Dealing with the Threat of Ebola and Other Infectious Diseases in the Workplace

Recent news surrounding the Ebola virus in the United States has raised concerns about what employers should do when faced with the threat of a highly infectious and/or contagious disease. By implementing practices that...more

Quirky Question #244, Ebola goes viral

Question: The recent media coverage of Ebola has been overwhelming. As an employer, I want to be prepared and proactive to protect our employees and our business, but I also don’t want to overreact to what is...more

Ebola Preparedness: Employee Education Is Key

In the wake of the world’s largest Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in history, Americans have been inundated with media hype surrounding the disease, and the government and employers’ perceived inadequacy in their...more

Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know

In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be...more

Ebola: Legal Considerations for Health Care Employers

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that “the risk of an Ebola outbreak in the United States is very low,” it is promulgating new protocols to more precisely address safety issues in the health...more

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