BP Slapped With Largest Fine in OSHA History

BP is the recipient of the largest fine in OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) history–$87 million, or four times the previous record–for a 2005 accident at a refinery in Texas City, Texas, that claimed 15 workers’ lives. The fines were levied for BP’s alleged failure to correct 271 hazards ($56.7 million) and for another 439 "willful […]

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PC’s Labor Law Posters Updated for New EEOC Poster

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a new version of its "Equal Employment Opportunity Is the Law" poster that incorporates new regulations for the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), along with new contact information. With GINA taking effect for employers on Nov. 21, 2009, it is imperative to make […]

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Obama Declares National Emergency as CBS Questions the CDC

Vaccinations for the H1N1 virus are in full swing across the country with health officials specifically warning those 24 and younger, along with pregnant women, to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Over the weekend, President Obama declared a national emergency that will allow hospitals to obtain waivers and do things like pack more hospital […]

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New HIPAA Breach Rule Breached by CalOptima

Provisions in the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which was part of the stimulus package passed in February, created new security and breach rules for those covered by HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), but afforded everyone a six-month window to achieve full compliance that runs into 2010. […]

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Ninth Circuit Court Signs Off on 12-Hour Shift Scheme

In 1993, the nurses at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center in California voluntarily created and voted for a plan to work 12-hour instead of 8-hour shifts while retaining their hourly rate without being paid overtime. Under the plan, the nurses went from $22.83 an hour for 8 hours to $19.57 for 12 hours. However, for […]

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Feds Condemn Nevada OSHA Program as Incompetent

In light of 25 recent construction- and workplace-related deaths in the state and on the Las Vegas Strip, Federal OSHA officials have conducted an investigation into the Nevada OSHA program and concluded that it is both ineffective and incompetent. Complete report available here. The Feds specifically gigged the agency for not issuing more willful violations, […]

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Employment Lawsuits Expected to Rise in 2010

A survey of 251 U.S. corporate law offices by the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski reveals the likelihood that employment lawsuits will rise still more in 2010. Actually, most respondents said that the level of lawsuits will at least remain the same while 34 percent foresaw a spike. Of the types of suits currently […]

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Wellness Programs Can Result in Workers’ Comp Awards

A case in New York in which an employee suffered a spinal injury while exercising as part of his company’s sponsored wellness program shows that good intentions can sometimes be costly. Logic Technology Inc. performed on-site work for General Electric, where one of its workers suffered the injury at a GE fitness center. The worker […]

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Houston Firm Levied $20 Million Fine for Employing Illegals, Crackdown Continues

Declaring it is out "to  target the root cause of illegal immigration," the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unit are scurrying about to inspect companies’ 1-9 employment verification records to make sure no illegal immigrants are on the payroll. ICE hit the jackpot recently when it inspected Houston’s IFCO Systems, […]

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DOL Officially Ends Union Reporting Requirement

The Obama administration’s Department of Labor (DOL) announced back in January that it was ending the requirement for unions to submit form LM-2 for financial disclosure purposes, and yesterday (Oct. 13, 2009) it made it official. The DOL’s Office of Labor-Management Standards yesterday published in the Federal Register a recission of the Bush-era rule that had […]

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