Sitting is the new standing: Let workers cool their heels

The California Supreme Court ruled that employers must provide a seat for staff who usually stand during the workday, if the work could reasonably be done while sitting.

Ensuring workplace safety with protective orders


A disgruntled employee is fired for poor performance.What happens when, on the way out, he threatens his manager and co-workers?

Snapshot: Responding to workplace violence risks

Mass shootings and terrorism have employers on high alert. Here’s what they say they’re doing to prevent workplace violence.

Mission to Venus: OSHA probe finds multiple violations


OSHA inspectors staging a spot inspection at K-T Galvanizing Co. in the Dallas-Fort Worth-area town of Venus found 13 serious violations of workplace safety and health regulations.

Recognize legal risks of Zika

Employers need to know how to respond to Zika, the mosquito-borne disease linked with birth defects.

Fight back: What to do when fists start to fly

Physical violence is dangerous, disruptive and can involve companies in expensive lawsuits if employees—particularly bystanders—are injured during a fight.

Horror show of hazards earns OSHA citations in Brooklyn

A Brooklyn construction company, faces $49,200 in fines for 21 serious workplace safety standard violations following an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection of a six-story building the company was constructing.

OSHA sues manufacturer for retaliation after safety violation

A worker at Lloyd Industries in Montgomeryville lost three fingers when the machine he was using crushed his hand.

OSHA cracking down with snap inspections

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

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

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?

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.
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