SAFETY/HEALTH

Cal/OSHA proposes safety rules for hotel housekeepers

07/03/2017
The California Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed a first-in-the-nation, industry-specific rule aimed at hotel housekeepers.

Employee drug use hits 12-year high: How you should respond

06/12/2017
Illicit drug use by American workers is climbing fast, leading to a 12-year high in positive workplace drug tests. If you don’t have an employee policy on the use and abuse of illegal drugs, establish one and promote it.

What does ADA say about accommodation when employee has communicable disease?

06/06/2017
Q. We discovered that a beloved member of our kitchen staff has hepatitis A. I know that many protections exist for individuals with disabilities, but we are worried about him handling food. Can we reassign him to the front of the house as a host?

Fear of violence: Can we terminate employee who has mental illness?

06/06/2017
Q. We discovered that one of our employees has a history of unprovoked violent fits due to schizophrenia. We certainly sympathize with our employee’s struggle, but we also worry about the safety of customers and other employees. Does state law allow us to fire him for this reason?

How to comply with California's new health care safety order

06/06/2017
The California Division of Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board has passed a new safety order to protect health care workers from workplace violence. It requires health care providers to develop workplace violence prevention plans, institute training programs and keep records on certain incidents of workplace violence.

OSHA postpones rule on electronic injury reporting

05/25/2017
OSHA won’t start posting employers’ injury reports on the web on July 1, as originally planned when a controversial rule was finalized last year.

How do we comply with California's human trafficking notice law?

04/24/2017
Q. I own a truck stop. Do I have notice-posting obligations regarding human trafficking under state law? If so, how do I comply?

Health workplace violence prevention rules take effect

04/24/2017
New regulations designed to reduce workplace violence in California health care facilities took effect April 1.

New law makes it easier to drug test UC recipients

04/24/2017
In late March, President Trump signed into law a bill that will allow states to drug test recipients of unemployment benefits under certain circumstances.

At OSHA, more assistance, less enforcement

04/20/2017
Saying that strict OSHA safety regulations make it “impossible to build anything,” President Trump has already begun rolling back workplace safety rules.

Wells Fargo just keeps teaching legal lessons

04/20/2017
Banking giant Wells Fargo can’t stay out of the news. First came an infamous case of fraud. Now OSHA has taken aim at the bank.

University of Minnesota study uncovers work hazards exotic dancers face

04/19/2017
New research may lead to increased regulation of Minneapolis adult entertainment venues.

What the new administration could mean for OSHA enforcement

04/06/2017
While there is talk of eliminating certain agencies, it is not likely that OSHA will be on the chopping block. However, less regulation is likely.

Senate OKs revoking OSHA rule

03/29/2017
The Senate voted to rescind a rule that gives OSHA the authority to enforce requirements for employers to maintain records on five years’ worth of workplace injuries.

Proposed law would ban cellphone use while driving in Minn.

03/23/2017
The Minnesota state legislature is considering outlawing virtually all cellphone use behind the wheel.
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