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Hurricane Dorian's Impending Landfall Raises Many Employment-Related Concerns
In anticipation of Hurricane Dorian's landfall, employers should ensure that their emergency policies and procedures adequately address any storm-related issues.
United States
2 Sep 2019
Federal Mine Regulators Issue Guidance On Refuges
On July 26, 2019, the Federal Mine, Safety, and Health Administration ("FMSHA") issued a new policy letter on emergency refuges for workers in underground mines
United States
6 Aug 2019
USPS's Defenses To OSHA Citation Rejected
In Secretary of Labor v. U.S. Postal Service, OSHRC Docket No. 18-0462, an administrative law judge of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission granted summary judgment
United States
15 Mar 2019
Changes To OSHA Electronic Reporting Requirements And Maximum Penalties
On January 24, 2019, OSHA issued a Final Rule eliminating the requirement for businesses with 250 or more employees to electronically submit information from the OSHA Form 300 ...
United States
6 Feb 2019
OSHA Clarifies When Post-Accident Drug And Alcohol Testing Is Permitted
In an October 11, 2018 memorandum to Regional Administrators, OSHA clarified that 29 C.F.R. § 1904.35(b)(1)(iv), which prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses, does not prohibit post-incident drug testing.
United States
8 Jan 2019
ACA Ruled Unconstitutional By Texas Court-What's Next?
Hours before the end of annual enrollment in the federal health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a Texas district court judge ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional...
United States
20 Dec 2018
OSHA Court Case Shows Limits On Safety Inspections
A recent ruling by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals could limit OSHA's ability to search for other hazards when investigating an accident.
United States
13 Nov 2018
Federal Government Proposes To Expand HRA Use
On October 12, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order which directed the Department of Labor, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Health and Human Services to consider regulations or guidance that would expand the use of health reimbursement arrangements.
United States
30 Oct 2018
Can You Hear Me Now? Georgia's New Hands-Free Cell Phone Law To Impact Employers
On May 2, 2018, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the "Hands-Free Georgia Act" (House Bill 673) into law
United States
10 Jul 2018
July 1, 2018 Filing Deadline Under OSHA Electronic Reporting Rule
OSHA's new electronic reporting rule took effect on January 1, 2017.
United States
1 Jun 2018
Silica Rule Case
On Friday, December 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on challenges to OSHA's new silica exposure standard, rejecting all challenges ...
United States
8 Jan 2018
OSHA's Silica Rule Upheld On Most Grounds
On Friday, December 22, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on challenges to OSHA's new silica exposure standard, rejecting all challenges by industry ...
United States
4 Jan 2018
OSHA's Enforcement Of The Respirable Crystalline Silica In Construction Standard: What To Expect
On September 23, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") began enforcement of the new respirable crystalline silica in construction standard, codified at 29 CFR § 1926.1153.
United States
23 Oct 2017
Should You Evacuate Your Workplace During Hurricane Irma?
During your preparations for the oncoming Hurricane Irma, you may be trying to decide whether to leave some employees in place at your facility, or to evacuate the entire workforce.
United States
14 Sep 2017
OSHRC Vacates OSHA Traffic Injury Citations Against JH Traffic Control
Did you know that an employer must inform the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") within 24 hours after certain types of work-related injuries to an employee
United States
16 Aug 2017
Is Your Company's Drug Testing Policy Compliant With OSHA's New Rules?
Occupational Safety & Health Administration ("OSHA") requires that employers inform employees about how to report occupational injuries and illnesses
United States
2 Feb 2017
DOL Increases Civil Penalties Of Benefits-Related Violations
On July 1, 2016, the Department of Labor ("DOL") issued regulations that increased the civil monetary penalties of many employee benefit-related violations.
United States
14 Jul 2016
OSHA Rule Or Penalty
Last week, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") increased its maximum penalties via an interim rule.
United States
12 Jul 2016
A Second Front In Litigating With Alleged Whistleblowers
Lear had sued a former employee in state court for defamation and intentional interference with business relations.
United States
20 May 2016
OSHA Finalizes Workplace Injury Reporting Rule
On May 11, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration finalized its workplace injury recordkeeping and reporting rule that will require employers to electronically submit information...
United States
18 May 2016
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