SAFETY/HEALTH

OSHA cracking down with snap inspections

06/22/2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has a message for employers that ignore its new accident reporting requirements: If you miss the shortened reporting requirement, expect a surprise inspection or two.

In health insurance cases, it's who suffers that matters

06/17/2016
As health insurance policies begin to include more coverage for sex reassignment surgery and treatment, some employees are suing for past noncoverage. But, unless it was the employee who was denied coverage, the court won’t allow the suit.

OSHA releases sweeping illness/injury reporting rule changes

06/09/2016
Most employers have little interaction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the federal agency tasked with overseeing workplace safety. Unless they were one of about 36,000 employers OSHA inspected last year, most businesses, particularly smaller businesses, may have gone for many years without dealing with the agency. That is about to change.

Whistling in the dark: How safe are we at work?

05/17/2016
Most believe their workplace is safe but still think emergencies could pose a problem, according to survey.

OSHA rule pushes electronic injury and illness reports

05/13/2016
A new final OSHA rule, published May 11, required large employers to maintain electronic records of workplace injuries and illnesses and submit OSHA reports electronically.

EEOC settles GINA lawsuit with mining company

05/02/2016
Joy Mining Machinery in Pittsburgh, has agreed to settle an EEOC lawsuit that claimed the company’s hiring practices violated the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act.

Whistleblowers may not have common-law protection

05/02/2016
Pennsylvania workers fired after reporting safety violations may not have a common-law wrongful discharge claim if they didn’t have a specific duty to report the safety problems.

New procedures signal OSHA crack down on unreported injuries

04/28/2016
The Occu­pational Safety and Health Administration has  issued new procedures for enforcing revised injury and illness reporting requirements.

OSHA update: Hazard alerts, silica rule and other priorities

04/01/2016
Here are some of the highlights from the OSHA head's chat with the oil and gas servicing industry.

How do employers help employees quit smoking?

02/02/2016
Employers use a number of ideas to try and break their workers' smoking habits

Use the H words when pointing to EAP

01/27/2016

When you mention to an employee who may be having personal problems that the company has an employee assistance program, make sure to do so in a generic and consistent manner.

The painful truth: Prescription drug abuse on the rise at work

01/25/2016
Employee drug abuse continues to be the trend that just won’t go away. And it’s not just illegal drugs causing problems these days.

Ignore safety issues, prepare to pay up

01/07/2016
Dollar Tree has had to give up some green following an OSHA investigation that uncovered a series of recurring safety issues that the discount retail chain failed to address until the authorities forced it to. Dollar Tree late last year agreed to settle 13 OSHA citations by paying fines totaling $825,000.

How to accommodate employees and job applicants with HIV

01/03/2016
The EEOC last month published Living with HIV Infection, which explains how employees and applicants are protected from bias and harassment due to their HIV status.

OSHA launches violence prevention in health care site

12/22/2015
Noting that health care workers are more than four times more likely than other employees to experience workplace violence, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched a new website to help health care providers curtail violence at work.
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