The U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday ordered all ships participating in the BP oil spill cleanup in Breton Sound, La., to cease operations after crewmembers on three boats reported health problems.
BP’s oil spill is quickly turning into a regional health issue. Unfortunately, the feds have been slow on the uptake.
It’s hard to imagine how an oil spill could be worse than a cataclysm that put 80 percent of New Orleans under water, but when you consider the long-term economic, environmental, and public-health impact of a toxic spill that nobody really knows how to clean up, the comparison starts to make sense.
- Obesity and Weight Discrimination in the Retail Workplace – Hooters Weight Discrimination Lawsuit Raises New Questions About Diversity, Harassment, Hiring, and Employment Laws
This weight and obesity discrimination scenario surfaced this week in the U.S. retail industry when a former Hooters Restaurant waitress in Michigan filed a lawsuit alleging that she was the victim of weight discrimination when she told by her boss to get lighter or get lost.
A couple of weeks ago, as the Gulf of Mexico disaster was continuing to unfold, we wrote about how the federal agency that is supposed to regulate offshore oil wells had let the industry police itself for the most part.
Can work be good for you? An increasing number of employers recognize that promoting their employees’ health has great benefits for them, including decreased absenteeism and lower employee health care costs.
Tampa labor attorney Steve Bernstein, a managing partner of Fisher & Phillips, gets at least one call a month from clients questioning how to address prescription drugs in their drug-free workplace policies.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has announced an initiative to study the health risks encountered by firefighters, specifically the various cancers thought to stem from exposure to hazardous chemicals encountered at the fire scene, including asbestos.
At least five people required medical attention after the release of acid fumes from a yogurt plant in Fort Worth, Texas.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited NDK Crystals Inc. in Belvedere, Ill., with fines of $510,000 for alleged egregious willful and serious violations of federal workplace safety standards following an explosion at the company’s crystal manufacturing building that took the life of a truck driver parked at a nearby service station.