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Hiring Minors in the Heat of the Summer: What Employers Need to Know

by Fisher Phillips on

Summertime is quickly approaching and 'tis the season for beach vacations, fun in the sun, and summer hires—many of which will be under the age of 18 years old. In anticipation of summer hires, employers may want to...more

OSHA News Releases from May 1 through May 15

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

05/11/2018 – Region 2 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Cites New York Cosmetics Manufacturer For Safety and Health Hazards Following November 2017 Fire - 05/11/2018 – Region 4 OSHA News Release – U.S....more

Workers’ Compensation for Airline Employees

by Howard Ankin on

When airline workers are injured or become ill because of airplane crashes, turbulence, or other work-related incidents both on and off of the plane, they may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. ...more

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can Help with Work Injury Claims

by Howard Ankin on

A skilled Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer can be instrumental in helping victims get fair and absolute workers’ compensation benefits. Injured employees are generally entitled to workers’ compensation benefits...more

Robotics, Automation, and Employee Safety for the Future Employer

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Due to the increased use of robotics and computer automation for many job functions that have historically been performed by employees raises, besides the traditional personnel and employment issues, a host...more

OSHA’s National Stand-Down To Prevent Falls In Construction – May 7-11, 2018

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Today marks the first day of OSHA’s 5th annual National Stand-Down. The week-long event aims to focus attention on the fact that “Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for...more

OSHA News Releases from April 15 through April 31

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

04/30/2018 – OSHA Trade Release – U.S. Department of Labor Fixes Error Dating to 2016 Implementation of “Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses” Regulation - 04/27/2018 – OSHA Trade Release – Statement by...more

Asbestos/Cement Pipe: April 25th U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Federal Register Notice Addressing Proposed Alternative Work...

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in an April 25th Federal Register notice requests comment on an Alternative Work Practice (“AWP”) to: . . . use new technology and work practices developed for...more

Chicago’s Most Dangerous Jobs: Is Yours On the List?

by Howard Ankin on

Workers face various workplace dangers that put them at high risk for serious injuries and fatalities, and some of the most dangerous jobs in America are right here in Chicago. With 171 workplace fatalities in Illinois in...more

OSHA Enforcement Of Parts Of Beryllium Rule Begins May 11

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Employers must ensure they are in compliance with most of OSHA’s beryllium rule’s requirements for general-industry and with the PEL and STEL in construction and shipyard industries by May 11, 2018. The rule (29 CFR...more

OSHA's New Requirements for Workplace Fall Protection

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Falls by workers, whether from elevated heights or from the same level, are among the leading causes of work-related injuries and deaths in U.S. workplaces. Originally published in MiMfg Magazine, the membership magazine...more

Worried About OSHA Silica Compliance? Not if You’re in One of These Five States

With the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) silica standard already in effect for the construction industry and about to go into effect in June of 2018 for general industry, many employers are anxious...more

The California Second Appellate District Revisits the “Retained Control” and “Hazardous Condition” Exceptions to Privette

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Luis Gonzalez v. John R. Mathis, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second District (February 6, 2018) - The Privette doctrine, protects the hirers of independent contractors from liability for workplace injuries involving...more

Foreman’s Ignorance of OSHA Rules is No Defense to “Willful” Violation

A recent decision by the Eleventh Circuit held that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was justified in assessing a “willful” safety violation–the agency’s most serious citation­–against an HVAC...more

In Healthcare Worker Safety, California Leads The Way

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

In the last two months, the healthcare industry has seen both federal and state efforts to further regulate healthcare worker safety. Stakeholders and other jurisdictions are keeping an eye on these developments, which could...more

NIOSH Draft NORA for Respiratory Health Recommends Preventing Dust-Induced Lung Diseases, Including Those Associated with...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On March 15, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) announced the availability of the draft National Occupational Research Agenda for Respiratory Health for public comment. The National...more

[Webinar] Coffee & Compliance with Chris - Workplace Accidents, Investigations, and Employer Policies - March 29th, 9:30am CT

by Winstead PC on

This presentation will discuss best practices for managing workplace accidents, incident investigations (e.g., near miss, OSHA Complaint, etc.), and recordkeeping procedures. The presentation will also highlight several...more

ICYMI: Federal Appeals Court Upholds New OSHA Silica Rule

A recent federal appeals court decision rejected a challenge to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s new rule for respirable crystalline silica (silica) exposure in the construction industry (the Silica Rule),...more

The State AG Report Weekly Update

by Cozen O'Connor on

Consumer Protection- Arizona Attorney General Announces Settlement with Auto Manufacturer Over Alleged Ignition Switch Defects- Arizona AG Mark Brnovich reached a settlement with auto manufacturer General Motors LLC...more

OSHA News Releases from March 1 through March 15

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

03/15/2018 – Region 3 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor Recognizes BAE Systems For Excellence in Workplace Safety at Norfolk Repair Facility - 03/14/2018 – Region 6 OSHA News Release – OSHA Partners with...more

NIOSH Publishes Poster Regarding Controlling Health Hazards When Working with Nanomaterials

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

As reported in our March 13, 2018, blog item, on March 9, 2018, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) published three documents in its Workplace Design Solutions series that address nanomaterials. ...more

OSHA Considering Changes to Silica Rule

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

OSHA may soon make it easier for employers to comply with the agency’s Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard. The standard, which OSHA announced in 2016 and began to fully enforce last fall, seeks to protect...more

OSHA Delays Enforcement Of Beryllium Standard Until May

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that it is pushing back the effective date of parts of the rule limiting workers’ exposure to beryllium until May, while it negotiates with...more

An OSHA Officer With Expired Credentials Can Cite You…

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

According to a decision this week, an OSHA compliance officer can write you a citation even if her credentials are expired. Your opportunity to challenge the credentials is only before you let her inside. In a recent...more

February 2018 OSHA News Releases

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

02/27/2018 – Region 3 OSHA News Release – U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration And The Clarion University Small Business Development Center Join in Effort to Improve Workplace Safety and...more

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