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My Office Air Conditioning Broke In A Heat Wave. What Are My Rights?
Posted on 28 Aug 2012 by Donna Ballman

The agency that regulates workplace safety is OSHA. If your workplace temperature has reached dangerous levels, OSHA might be able to help. In general, though, there's no law saying how hot is too hot. OSHA's general recommendation is that temperatures... Read More

Is Your Company Complying with the New OSHA Reporting Requirements?
Posted on 14 Jan 2015 by Ashley Kasarjian

Employers under federal OSHA’s jurisdiction are now required to report all work-related fatalities within 8 hours and all in-patient hospitalizations, amputations, and losses of an eye within 24 hours of finding about the incident. Companies... Read More

When You Gotta Go, You Gotta Go: The Right to Workplace Bathroom Breaks
Posted on 11 Sep 2013 by Jon Hyman

Do you know that OSHA protects the right of employees to go to the bathroom? OSHA’s sanitation standard states: Toilet facilities, in toilet rooms separate for each sex, shall be provided in all places of employment. The OSHA standard tells... Read More

The Time for Your Safety Audit Is Now
Posted on 25 Sep 2015 by Jon Hyman

According to data released last week by the Bureau of Labor Statistics , the number of workers killed on the job as a result of slips, trips, and falls rose in 2014 by nearly ten percent. Here are some the key findings: • The number of fatal... Read More

Exempt or Non-Exempt? That Is the Question. New Recordkeeping and Reporting Under OSHA
Posted on 24 Sep 2014 by Barran Liebman LLP

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a final rule which revises not only the list of employers which are partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, but also the types of events and circumstances giving rise... Read More

Foley & Lardner Labor and Employment Law Weekly Update (Week of August 1, 2011)
Posted on 2 Aug 2011 by Foley & Lardner LLP

Baby, It's Hot Outside! OSHA Undertakes Campaign to Prevent Heat-Related Illness in the Workplace By Mark J. Neuberger Much of the country has been sweltering under record high temperatures in what may yet develop into the hottest summer... Read More

Do you know what to do when violence invades your workplace?
Posted on 30 Aug 2012 by Jon Hyman

Tragically, mass shootings seem to be all the rage in America. The latest occurred last Friday morning outside New York City's Empire State Building. The shooter was a disgruntled ex-employee targeting his former coworkers . Do you have a plan... Read More

President Obama Details Possible Cuts to Federal Spending under Budget Control Act of 2011
Posted on 17 Sep 2012 by Edwin Hopson

On September 14, 2012, the President's Office of Management and Budget released a report on what the estimated impact of sequestration pursuant to Sequestration Transparency Act, as mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, would be on January 2... Read More

OSHA Releases New Whistleblower Investigations Manual
Posted on 1 Nov 2011 by Ballard Spahr LLP

by Denise M. Keyser and Farrah I. Gold As many employers know, "whistleblower" retaliation claims have proliferated in recent years, under the many federal and state laws which recognize and protect whistleblowing activities. The Occupational... Read More

Employers, Don't be too Quick to Take that IRS "Independent Contractor" Deal
Posted on 27 Sep 2011 by Robin Shea

Don't eat that pretty red apple, Snow White!!! It has poison in it!!!! You know the old saying, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is"? Well, it appears that this may be the case with the new "sweet deal" the Internal... Read More

Foley & Lardner Labor and Employment Law Weekly Update (Week of July 5, 2011)
Posted on 7 Jul 2011 by Foley & Lardner LLP

Don't Work, Text, and Drive By John S. Lord, Jr. None of us should be texting and driving. None of our employees should ever be working, texting, and driving. We all understand these common sense rules, but does your organization have... Read More

John Oliver on OSHA (and a Not-So-Subtle Shout-Out to My Firm’s New OSHA Blog)
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Jon Hyman

On this week’s Last Week Tonight , John Oliver gives OSHA a pass on its slack investigations of North Dakota oil field accidents . He blames OSHA’s inactivity on its lack of resources coupled with the oil companies’ use of subcontracted... Read More

OSHA and Pro Sports—Are Concussions the NFL’s Black Lung?
Posted on 18 Mar 2015 by Jon Hyman

San Francisco linebacker Chris Borland rocked the sports world yesterday by announcing his retirement from pro football at the age of 24 after playing only one NFL season. His reason: concerns about the long-term impact of football-related head trauma... Read More

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Whistleblower Alert-Politics and Procedures: OSHA Keeps Control and DOL Conforms Energy and Environmental Whistleblower Regulations
Posted on 25 Jan 2011 by Keller and Heckman LLP

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has published a new rule, effective January 18 th , revising the procedures for handling whistleblower claims arising under the Energy Reorganization Act (ERA) and six environmental statutes: the... Read More

John Oliver on OSHA (and a Not-So-Subtle Shout-Out to My Firm’s New OSHA Blog)
Posted on 14 Oct 2015 by Doug Esten

On this week’s Last Week Tonight , John Oliver gives OSHA a pass on its slack investigations of North Dakota oil field accidents . He blames OSHA’s inactivity on its lack of resources coupled with the oil companies’ use of subcontracted... Read More