by John E. Hall
With much of the country in line for high temperatures this summer, employers should be mindful of employees’ exposure to heat hazards on the job. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has no heat standard, the agency has become increasingly willing to cite employers for employees’ heat [...]
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by John E. Hall
by Whitney Brown
Earlier this year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) released its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues, which follows on the heels of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) November 2015 proposed guidance Protecting Whistleblowers: Recommended Practices for Employers for Preventing and Addressing Retaliation. Here’s [...]
No workers want to get hurt on the job, and most are trained on how to prevent injuries. But preventable injuries still occur. What can the human resources department do about that? Just communicating the importance of safety procedures and working with supervisors and management on effective ways to promote safety make a good start. [...]
by Cole Wist
If an employer skimps on safety protections for its workers, will it also ignore environmental protections? The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) think so.
The DOL and the DOJ are teaming up under a new Worker Endangerment Initiative to investigate and prosecute [...]
When a workplace accident results in an employee being injured, an employer is likely to experience a visit from a U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspector. Such a visit is no time for an employer to guess about how to handle the agency’s investigation.
Recently attorneys from the Employers Counsel Network, which focuses [...]
The dog days of summer generally aren’t known for temperatures that bring on bouts of shivering—unless you’re among the many who work in office buildings that are not so much air-conditioned as they are refrigerated.
Office thermostat wars can be an issue year-round, but a recent study hitting the news gives freezing workers more ammunition [...]
by Kylie Crawford TenBrook
Bruce Jenner, Olympic decathlon gold medalist and unfortunate/unwitting participant in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, recently transitioned from living as a man to living as a woman. For a fleeting moment, Caitlyn Jenner was even more famous than her stepdaughter, Kim Kardashian (and is, truthfully, giving her a [...]
by Judith E. Kramer and Daria H. Hafner
President Barack Obama has submitted to Congress his budget request for fiscal year (FY) 2016, which begins on October 1, 2015. Here are the highlights of the administration’s requests for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board [...]
by Gregory L. Silverman
In 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched the Temporary Worker Initiative (TWI) to focus on preventing injuries and illnesses among temporary workers. OSHA recently released a policy memorandum addressed to its field staff reminding them of the agency’s long-standing enforcement policy for temporary workers. The memo specifically attempts [...]
by John E. Hall
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) most-violated standards for fiscal year (FY) 2014 were recently announced at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo in San Diego, California. Once again, there were few surprises. Employers would be wise to assess their efforts to comply with the 10 [...]