OSHA levies $218k fine after gruesome hand amputation

Syracuse-based York Metal Toll Processing faces additional fines after it failed to address issues uncovered by OSHA inspectors following an accident in which an employee’s hand was amputated by a power press.

Zika preparedness: Consider employee safety and legal issues

As temperatures in the Northeast cool and mosquitos disappear until spring, the Zika virus may no longer be on people’s minds, but it should remain on your radar.

What rights do employers have under Texas's Open Carry Law? Can we ban guns at work?

Q. We are a private business that would like to prohibit our employees and customers from carrying firearms inside our corporate premises. May we do so?

Lessons from LochteGate: Regulating alcohol in the workplace

Here are some strategies for minimizing the potential for alcohol-related misconduct.

Contractor not liable for city worker's injury

A contractor hired to perform work for a city isn’t responsible for an injured government employee whose work it did not control.

Is it true that California law requires us to give employees a way to work sitting down?

Q. An employee recently complained that I was violating California’s “suitable seating law” by requiring him to stand throughout his shift. Am I required to let my employees sit?

Do employees feel safe in your workplace?

More than nine out of 10 workers surveyed said that their workplace is a secure place to work.

Of course, no cellphone use while driving, but what about smartphone-based GPS?

Q. We have a policy that does not allow employees to use their cellphones when driving for work, but what about GPS? Many employees say that they cannot safely get to a location without using the GPS functions built into their phones.

Voluntary activities & workers' comp: It's all fun and games until ...

Many companies provide fun employee outings to boost morale or show gratitude to their workforce. But what if an employee gets hurt during one of these events?

OSHA issues interim guidance on Zika

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued interim guidance for employers to help protect employees against the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Snapshot: Percent of positive workplace drug tests

Since 2013, positive drug tests have spiked to their highest levels since 2005.

Positive workplace drug tests hit 10-year high

Following years of declines, the percentage of employees in the combined U.S. workforce testing positive for drugs has steadily increased over the last three years to a 10-year high.

Can you fire worker for bringing gun on company property?

Before terminating an employee for bringing a gun to work, check your state law.

Understand your OSHA records responsibilities

Every employer that is subject to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and has more than 10 employees is required to maintain records of occupational injuries and illnesses.

Prepare to pay much more for OSHA violations

Last November, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was given authorization to increase its penalties by up to 82%, to account for several decades’ worth of inflation.
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