OSHA Issues Chemical Process Safety Management Reports for Small Businesses and Storage Facilities

By | OSHA Law Blog | May 25, 2017
May 17, 2017 The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two reports on the safe management of hazards by small businesses and storage facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals in business processes. In 1994, OSHA outlined the requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using highly hazardous… Read More View Full Post
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Disciplinary Discharge of Employees On Workers’ Compensation

Employers often shy away from discharging employees for disciplinary reasons when those employees are receiving workers’ compensation benefits, such as in instances where the employee is working a modified duty assignment.  However, such employees can and should be held to the same standards as other employees, including compliance with applicable policies and procedures.  View Full Post
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Government of Ontario Releases the Changing Workplaces Review Final Report

By Monique Ronning Monique Ronning On May 22, 2017, the Ontario Government released the much-anticipated Changing Workplaces Review Final Report. The Report recommends wide-sweeping changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws. The Ontario Government is expected to act on many of the recommendations within weeks, and the reverberations will be felt across Canada. View Full Post
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OSHA Delays Electronic Reporting Requirement Start Date

By | Employer Law Report | May 25, 2017
By Mike Underwood The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced recently that it intends to delay the initial deadline for compliance with its rule requiring employers to report accident and illness records to OSHA electronically. Under the original deadline, employers with over 250 workers and smaller employers in high hazard industries would have been required to begin electronic filing of certain OSHA-required forms on July 1, 2017. View Full Post
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Retailer Successfully Defends Text Messaging TCPA Claim

Earlier this month, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Blow v. Bijora upheld a lower court decision rejecting a plaintiff’s claim that she did not consent to receive text messages from the defendant retailer. Plaintiff brought this class action seeking $1.8 billion in damages by alleging that the company’s practice of sending promotional text messages violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) and related state law. View Full Post
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New Federal Railway Administration Requirements for Maintenance-of-Way Workers Take Effect June 12, 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration’s (“FRA”) final rule expanding drug and alcohol testing to maintenance-of-way (“MOW”) employees takes effect on June 12, 2017. MOW employees are “employees of a railroad, or of a contractor to a railroad, whose duties include inspection, construction, maintenance or repair of railroad track, bridges, roadway, signal and communication systems, electric traction systems, roadway facilities or roadway maintenance machinery on or near track or with the potential of fouling a track, and flagmen and watchmen/lookouts.” FRA has amended its regulations (set forth at 49 CFR Part 219) to expand the definition of “employees” to include employees, volunteers and probationary employees performing activities for a railroad or a contractor (including subcontractors) to a railroad.  View Full Post
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Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore Employees Failed to Wash Hands and Reused Syringes

As reported by philly.com, New Jersey Department of Health investigators have released a preliminary report finding that that the Osteo Relief Institute Jersey Shore in Wall Township deviated from multiple infection control guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. View Full Post
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