Workplace Safety items

  • White House 2015 Budget Proposal Lists Enforcement, Investment Priorities

    11 March 2014

    The White House proposed its 2015 budget last week, outlining the Obama Administration's enforcement priorities. An employer should expect increased enforcement of wage and hour laws and family and medical leave protections if Congress authorizes the administration's requests. New provisions regarding accelerated filing due dates for wage reporting and new electronic filing requirements (including penalty provisions) would be forthcoming if the proposed budget were approved.

  • Supreme Court: SOX Whistleblower Provisions Protect Contractor, Subcontractor Employees

    04 March 2014

    The Supreme Court has ruled that employees of private companies that contract with public companies are covered by the whistleblower protections found in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX). The Court's ruling in Lawson v. FMR, LLC preserves the relatively broad interpretation of SOX's whistleblower provisions favored by the US Department of Labor (DOL).

  • OSHA Issues 2014 Inspection Plan

    03 March 2014

    OSHA released its 2014 inspection plan, which focuses its inspection resources on non-construction, high-hazard industries. An employer with 20 or more workers in one of these industries could be randomly selected for a programmed inspection.

  • DOL Initiates Suit Against Ohio Bell for Reputed OSHA Violations

    24 February 2014

    The DOL initiated suit against the Ohio Bell Telephone Company after 13 workers were suspended shortly after reporting workplace injuries.

  • OSHA Injury, Illness Summary Must Be Posted by February 1

    30 January 2014

    The OSHA Form 300a "Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses" must be posted by most employers from February 1 until April 30 of every year.

  • Many Federal Contracts Granted to Labor Law Violators, Senate Report Finds

    12 December 2013

    A new congressional report finds that many federal contracts are given to labor law violators, specifically safety and wage and hour violators.

  • OSHA Now Accepting Whistleblower Complaints Online

    12 December 2013

    The Whistleblower Protection Program, administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), is now accepting whistleblower complaints filed online. Employees, union representatives and employers should take note of the added convenience to OSHA's filing procedures.

  • America's Safest Companies Conference 2013: Fisher & Phillips' Foulke Offers Perspective

    12 November 2013

    Fisher & Phillips partner, Edwin G. Foulke, Jr., sits down with XpertHR in an exclusive interview showcasing both EHS Today's America's Safest Companies Conference and workplace safety issues in general.

  • Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Rules Do Not Apply Outside of US, Federal Court Rules

    22 October 2013

    The Dodd-Frank Act's retaliation protections do not apply to activities outside of the United States, a federal district court has ruled, dismissing a case against German multinational corporation Siemens AG.

  • California Employers Can Be Held Liable for Employee Car Accidents During Commute

    15 October 2013

    A California court ruled that employers may be held liable for injuries to third parties and property damage during an employee's commute, so long as the employee was required to use his or her car for work and that the incident occurred during a regular commute or personal errand. This expands employer liability and reduces the effectiveness of the "coming and going" exception to employer liability.

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