Occupational Safety and Health Act

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    A holiday office party is a time to kick back, relax, and say, "Thanks for a great year of hard work!" But that doesn't mean it can't be an opportunity to keep learning! HR professionals know that it never hurts to reinforce important lessons about appropriate workplace conduct, whatever the setting. With that in mind, we present a...
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    With the election of Barack Obama as President and the increased Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate, employers can expect substantial changes in laws affecting the workplace. One bill that surely will get more attention when Congress reconvenes is the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), also commonly known as the "card...
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    Hunting season is here once again, and many of your employees are spending at least some of their workday planning their hunting trips, talking about where to find the biggest bull elk, or otherwise enjoying this annual ritual that is an important part of life in Wyoming. In 2007, about 160,000 resident firearm hunting licenses...
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    The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) was signed into law on December 29, 1970, to ensure that all American workers have safe and healthy working conditions. To achieve that goal, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created shortly after. OSHA issues standards and rules for the maintenance of safe workplace...

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    On July 25, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Imperial Sugar Co., based out of Sugar Land, Texas, citations and penalties totaling $8,777,500. It was the third highest penalty ever assessed by OSHA against an employer for alleged violations of workplace...
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    At a top-level management meeting of Unsafe Corporation, located in downtown Providence, the newest addition to the legal department, Eager Beaver, inquired into the company's efforts to ensure Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) compliance. Laughter was heard around the table, punctuated by the CEO chiding, "The OSH Act...
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    The D.C. Circuit recently held that the U.S. secretary of labor's interpretation of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation was unreasonable and failed to provide fair notice as required by the U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment Due Process Clause. Facts On October 30, 2003, a...
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    At a top-level management meeting of Unsafe Corporation, located in midtown Manhattan, the newest addition to the legal department, Eager Beaver, inquired into the company's efforts to ensure Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSH Act) compliance. Laughter was heard around the table, punctuated by the CEO chiding, "The OSH Act...
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    Earlier this year, we examined the ongoing clash between property rights proponents and Second Amendment advocates and the potential impact this dispute could have on your ability to regulate guns in the workplace (see "Employers, employees, and firearms: property rights versus the Second Amendment," March 2007). Recent...
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    Whether an employee has the right to keep a loaded firearm and ammunition in a locked vehicle on his employer's property was the focus of a recent Tulsa federal court decision. Under Oklahoma laws enacted in 2004 and 2005, employers were prohibited from maintaining a policy preventing employees from keeping loaded firearms and...
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