Category Archives: Washington

Workplace Bullying and the NLRB

Workplace and school violence events have contributed to our increasing national conversation about “bullying.” Recently, NPR quoted a Zogby poll in which more than a quarter of American workers reported that they have experienced abusive conduct at work. 64% of … 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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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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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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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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Smooth Restart For OSHA So Far.

Whatever you may think of this Administration, one has to admire how well OSHA returned to full operations after the government shut down, and the behind the scenes work that made the return seem so seamless.  As I wrote earlier and … Continue reading

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Confusion About OSHA During the Shutdown

Under OSHA’s Contingency Plan, all but approximately 10% of its employees are furloughed.  If one calls an Area Office, you’ll encounter an Area Director and perhaps an Assistant Area Director, who will respond to workplace fatalities or complaints of situations … Continue reading

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