Category Archives: workers comp

Foolish Comments and Inconsistent Appearing Discipline Get You Sued

Not just supervisors, but also Safety professionals routinely have to respond to or try to prevent various types of employment claims. Why you may ask?  Partly because the supervisor and employees figure that “regulations are regulations,” so the safety dude … Continue reading

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OSHA Gets It Right On Temporary Workers – Part II

I have been surprised to see so little commentary on the outgoing Deputy Assistant Secretary’s April 29 announcement of OSHA ramping up its focus on Temporary Workers.  Ed talked a bit earlier this week about OSHA’s new initiative and I’ll … Continue reading

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Discipline Is Essential For Safety, So Why Don’t We Do It?

An effective safety process requires consistent discipline to support other company safety efforts, but it doesn’t happen. OSHA is aggressively suing employers for allegedly using safety rules to terminate employees for reporting workplace injuries. Indeed, it often turns out that … Continue reading

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Everybody Agrees That We Need Better Wellness Programs? Correct?

My answer would be that “I’m not sure.”  An amazing number of employers agree that absent improved wellness initiatives, a graying less healthy workforce will break the corporate bank, so to speak.  Likewise, seemingly, we should all be able to … Continue reading

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It’s Wise to Be Cautious: Risks of Unpaid Internships Are Still Increasing

I saw this post, It’s Wise to Be Cautious: Risks of Unpaid Internships Are Still Increasing,  by one of our wonderful wage-hour guys this morning on the always interesting TLNT site.  As Summer and the  “intern season” approaches, one would be well … Continue reading

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How to Weigh Obesity In Employment Decisions

In September, one of my Memphis partners, Jeff Wientraub, wrote a good analysis of legal issues posed by obese workers in HR Professionals Magazine.  While most employers state that an employees weight does not influence their employment decisions, I am … Continue reading

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Focus on Wellness: For Our Workers, It’s a Critical Life or Death Issue

When I started this Blog, I wanted to post analysis and suggestions which were different or more practical than some of the Employment Law, Safety and Labor Articles out there.  I did not want to simply repeat what others were already effectively … Continue reading

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