Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thanksgiving At Work

Although Americans have celebrated some sort of Thanksgiving since 1661, Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday by proclamation on November 28, 1861.  The Thanksgiving holiday takes on more meaning when one considers that an American people so exhausted … Continue reading

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“Best HR, Legal, Safety & Leadership Stuff I Read Last Week”

I’m still working on how to summarize my large volume of Tweets of great material from  EHS, TLNT, HBR and others.  Until I come up with a better method, I’ll periodically prepare this sort of digest.  I hope that my … Continue reading

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Should We Expect Happy Employees?

I do not often think in terms of looking for “happiness” at work.  My self-made World War II Vet dad raised me to focus on responsibility and to not expect easy roads.  Nevertheless, is it unrealistic to talk about “happiness” … Continue reading

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When Is More Leave Not a Reasonable Accomodation?

Cases under the ADA are fact specific.  Often it is difficult to find clear-cut standards for determining if an employee is qualified to perform the essential functions and if an accommodation is reasonable.  In Attiogbe-Tay v. Southeast Rolling Hills LLC, a … Continue reading

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The Movie Dallas Buyers Club Teaches a Lot About Work and Life

The Dallas Buyers Club opened last Friday in limited cities, it’s the largely true story of a thoroughly unlikable hard ass Texas oil worker at the beginning of the 80’s AIDS crisis, who learns that he has full-blown AIDS (from … Continue reading

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Can the Choice of An Industrial Vacuum Cleaner Be Deadly?

One of my focus areas is combustible dust in the workplace.  As I have written before, an extraordinary range of common products can cause an explosion and deflagration (pressure wave) under the right circumstances.  One occasion is when a well-meaning … Continue reading

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Will OSHA’s Proposal To Publicize More Employer Injury Data Improve Safety?

OSHA has announced a proposed rule which will require establishments with 20 or more employees, in certain industries with high injury and illness rates, to electronically submit their summary of work related injuries and illnesses to OSHA every year.  The … Continue reading

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