It’s Leap Day! You may be working for free
If you’re a salaried employee and you’re slaving away at work today, you may be working for free. Leap years present an odd compensation dilemma for employees who don’t get paid on an hourly basis. Such workers receive a set salary for a typical year, which is usually 365 days. But there’s an extra day this year.
‘Tip theft’ bill would crack down on alleged employer skimming
A bill introduced in Rhode Island’s legislature this week would prevent restaurants and hotels in the state from pocketing portions of the “service fees” that many customers wrongly assume go to workers. The bill, H 7566, would make it a misdemeanor carrying a fine of as much as $1,000 for an employer to require a service worker to share with the house a certain percentage of the automatic gratuity attached to a tab.
Nuclear safety report cites Duke plant
A watchdog group’s report Tuesday on nuclear plant safety cites Duke Energy’s Oconee plant, which regulators say relied for 28 years on a backup emergency cooling system that didn’t work. The Union of Concerned Scientists report reviews the 15 special inspections the Nuclear Regulatory Commission made last year in response to safety, security or other problems at nuclear plants. Among them was an inspection of Oconee, Duke’s oldest nuclear plant, near Seneca, S.C.
Feds sue S.A. company for unpaid OSHA fines
A San Antonio company accused of failing to hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal fines for workplace safety violations has been sued by the U.S. attorney’s office in San Antonio. San Antonio Lath & Plaster Inc. was hit with 26 citations from February 2007 to December 2010 by the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Ex-Massey security director gets three years in UBB case
A former Massey Energy security director was sentenced today to three years in prison after being convicted of two felonies for lying to investigators and trying to destroy evidence in the investigation of the worst coal-mining disaster in nearly 40 years. Hughie Elbert Stover, 60, of Clear Fork, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Irene Berger during a hearing in federal court in Beckley.
No more standblasted jeans for Target
Target Corp. will stop selling sandblasted denim products by the end of the year due to worker safety concerns, the retailer reported on its A Bullseye View blog. Blasting jeans with sand gives them a weathered appearance, but the process also contaminates air at work facilities. Those contaminants can cause lung disease.