Wal-Mart Agrees to Another $85 Million Wage Settlement

Wal-Mart has agreed to, and a judge approved, a plan to settle unpaid-wage lawsuits for up to $85 million. The lawsuits, 30 in all that were combined into one before U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro in Las Vegas, alleged time clock manipulation and denial of rest periods to workers in several states. Lawyers for […]

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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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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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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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Top Ten Regulations OSHA Gets Questions About

Here’s a list of the top ten enquiries sent by e-mail to OSHA about its regulations. The agency keeps tabs both by e-mail and phone enquiry, so a notation in parentheses shows the phone rank and regulation link: Powered industrial trucks (1910.178, #3) Sanitation (1910.141, #4) Hazard communication (1910.1200, #2) Bloodborne pathogens (1910.1030, #1) Personal […]

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Modification Practitioners (!) Come Under the OSHA Knife

I was grateful to learn today that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has clarified its position on modification practitioners. Say who? It’s a fancy term for tattooists and body-piercing artists (I’m not sure artists applies, but whatever), and OSHA has stepped in with a Letter of Interpretation (LOI) about training requirements for said […]

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Complying With Government Regulations the CD-ROM Way

Personnel Concepts, according to those I’ve spoken with there recently, is making a big push to create interactive tools for companies to create documents and posters to comply with OSHA and other regulations. First to come out was the Fire Prevention Program CD-ROM. OSHA requires that every place of business create, print and distribute to […]

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Gotta Love OSHA Courses That Include Beer Breaks

An undercover reporter for New York’s Daily News recently paid $125 to attend an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 10-hour training class. The class was over in 2 hours, 17 minutes. Held above a Bronx bar, the course enabled several of the attendees to slip away on breaktime to sip beers downstairs. Nice gig […]

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Businesses Fear His Very Sight

Tom Mundy earns a princely income in California by going around to various business establishments with an eye to finding violations of the ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act), usually related to accessibility issues. In one instance, the condiments counter at a fast food joint was one inch too high to be properly accessible. So what […]

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Construction Industry Draws Most OSHA Fire

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which has drawn a lot of fire from labor rights groups–as has the whole Department of Labor–for lax workplace regulation under the Republicans, recently posted its 2008 Top Ten List of most commonly cited standards (in other words, standards that resulted in the most citations for violations). Construction […]

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