Topic: workplace safety

Do Your Employees Telecommute? You Should Know…

“Employers are responsible for providing a safe workplace to all employees, even employees working at home…” (Eric Uhl, Fisher & Phillips) Telecommuting may provide companies with a number of benefits, but it’s not without legal risk. Here are five issues to consider: 1. Wage and hour laws: “While telecommuting may appear to be a terrific… Read more »

OSHA Regulatory Agenda Targets Recordkeeping Requirements, Injury Prevention, and Whistleblower Protection

In late December 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (along with other federal agencies) published its semi-annual agenda detailing the current and planned regulatory focus of the agency. For your reference, here’s a look at three key items: 1. Reporting and recordkeeping requirements: The agency is “revising list of industries that are partially exempt… Read more »

5 Ways OSHA Keeps Employees Safe

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is the primary law that governs workplace health and safety. It places a number of obligations and responsibilities on employers for providing safe working conditions for all employees. Compliance with the Act is enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which employs a variety of methods designed… Read more »

DC Appeals Court Rejects OSHA Citations for Recordkeeping Violations

Employers cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to keep accurate injury or illness logs may have obtained a reprieve. Earlier this month, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit ruled in Secretary of Labor v. AKM LLC d/b/a Volks Constructors that OSHA’s practice of citing employers for not recording… Read more »

7 Employment Law “Hot Buttons” for Small Business – A Legal Roundup

The landscape of employment laws evolves quickly, and entrepreneurs and small business owners are often left scrambling to understand new rules and implement new procedures. To reduce the stress, read these legal updates on seven employment law “hot buttons” that should be on the radar screen of every small business: 1.Social Media in the Workplace… Read more »

Guns at Work: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (Just Leave Them in the Car)

“[In Texas] … public and private employers can no longer prohibit employees from storing legally possessed firearms in a locked vehicle parked in a designated public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area. One notable effect of this new law is that employees can no longer be… Read more »