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Fall Protection Violations Lead OSHA’s 2015 Top 10

Fall protection violations rose year over year in fiscal year 2015, retaining the No. 1 spot on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) annual top 10 most-frequently cited workplace safety violations.

E-Cigarettes Pose Issues for Employers

Although cigarette smoking among American workers has hit an all-time low of 20 percent, the popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to surge across the United States, posing tough questions for regulators, health experts – and ultimately, employers – on controlling their use in public spaces and workplaces

NLRB’s New Joint Employers Test May Impact OSHA

A recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that greatly expanded the definition of “joint employer” in the context of the relationship between unions and management may also impact Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement of workplace safety standards.  

Workplace Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Filed in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts woman who claims she was fired from her job for using marijuana, which was legally obtained for medical reasons related to her Crohn’s disease, has sued her former employer.

Retailers Should Prepare Now for Next Hot Season
A heat illness prevention plan, tailored to each company’s operations, is the employer roadmap for preparing for and responding to hot weather working conditions. It should provide a plan of action, triggered by certain temperatures and weather conditions, to ensure that employees receive sufficient water, shade, and rest.

Retailer’s Guide to Defending Against Workplace Violence

Violence is a leading cause of workplace deaths in the last 15 years and causes 48 percent of worker deaths in the retail industry, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Protecting retail stores is particularly challenging because they are open, public, high-traffic spaces with cash on hand, sometimes late-night operations, and with high employer turnover and stress.

All Employers Need a Workplace Violence Plan
Workplace violence 
claims lives every year in almost every industry, and it’s crucial that all workplaces have a plan in place so workers can best protect themselves.

Texas: Court Considers Employer’s Duty to Conduct Criminal Background Checks

For those employers that do not conduct criminal background checks on their workforces, a recent Texas Court of Appeals decision highlights the importance of carefully determining whether an employer can justify a failure to screen workers based on the employer’s industry and the specific job duties at issue. 


OSHA Updates its National Emphasis Program on Amputations

Noting that the manufacturing sector experienced more than twice the rate of amputations as that of the entire private sector in 2013, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its nine-year-old National Emphasis Program on amputations.


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