Monthly Archives: December 2013

OSHA Citations, Lost Production and Getting Lean

In our competitive environment, every manufacturer struggles to do more with less and to find capital for “non-production” areas, such as maintenance, safety, training, housekeeping and HR.  If done in a shortsighted fashion, the employer learns through painful experience the … Continue reading

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My Essential OSHA “Enforcement” Posts This Year.

These are the links I sent to F & P attorneys after recently conducting an in-house session on our workplace safety practice.  The focus of the links was not on building a safety culture, which is my favorite topic, or … Continue reading

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You Learn a Lot When You’re the Sober One.

Tim Sackett always writes practical and entertaining posts,  Today’s post, “The Number One Reason You Should Never Drink at an Office Function” is no exception.  Tim goes beyond cautioning us to not make a fool of ourselves with a tongue … Continue reading

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More Heat On Federal Contractors With OSHA and Wage-Hour Violations.

 Hopefully you do not need further motivation to maintain an effective workplace safety culture; however, Senator Labor Chair Tom Harkins’ December 11, 2013 Report may serve as additional motivation.  In the 4” thick Report, “Acting Responsibly? Federal Contractors Frequently Put … Continue reading

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When It Comes To End of the Year Bonuses, A Little Goes a Long Way!

The linked article on TLNT provides an Excellent discussion of employees diminished expectations for end-of-the-year bonuses and references that all time Christmas Classic, “National Lampoon Christmas Vacation!”  To quote the author: four in five employees think a holiday bonus is … Continue reading

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Huh? What’s A Worker Center Got To Do With Me?

When Is A Union Not A Union? When It’s A “Worker Center.” By Steven Bernstein (Hospitality Update, No. 4, December 2013) In recent weeks, the fast-food industry has fallen prey to coordinated demonstrations by a number of loosely affiliated groups, … Continue reading

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MSHA’S POV Rule Still Alive and Kicking

by Matthew Korn Yesterday, the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit denied the mining industry’s request to stay implementation of MSHA’s new POV final rule, pending its review of the rule.  Essentially, the Court of Appeals found that enforcement … Continue reading

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