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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

Use the H words when pointing to EAP


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

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

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

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

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.

OSHA fines to spike by 80%; first increase since 1990

For the first time in 25 years, employers hit by federal workplace safety violations will see an increase in financial penalties, thanks to a little-noticed provision tucked into a budget bill signed by President Obama on Nov. 2.

Download a new guide explaining OSHA training standards

OSHA has released a new guide spelling out the occupational safety and health training employers must provide to workers.

Sometimes you're justified to order mental exam

As long as you can show a business necessity for asking an employee to undergo a mental examination, there’s no ADA or Fair Employment and Housing Act liability. Erratic, insubordinate behavior that continues after a request to stop is a good business reason.
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