Maryland to ban employers from asking for Facebook, Twitter passwords
In a victory for privacy hawks and worker advocates, Maryland legislators passed a bill Wednesday that would ban employers from asking job candidates or current employees for their passwords to social-media sites like Facebook and Twitter. If the bill is signed by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and becomes law, Maryland will be the first state to ban such practices in the workplace.
Romney spokeswoman: We won’t get rid of Lilly Ledbetter Act
Mitt Romney will not repeal the Lily Ledbetter Fairy Pay Act, according to spokeswoman Andrea Saul. After advisers said in a conference call they were unsure of Romney’s position on the law, which gives women greater freedom to sue employers over pay discrimination, Democrats quickly pounced and put a statement from Ledbetter herself expressing disappointment.
OSHA begins National Emphasis Program on worker safety in nursing and residential care facilities
Government regulators are beginning a three-year program focusing on protecting workers at nursing and residential care facilities from serious safety and health hazards. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) initiated a new National Emphasis Program for Nursing and Residential Care Facilities with a goal of reducing occupational illness and injury in nursing and residential care facilities.
State moves to strip UBB foreman of license
Back in late February, when the state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training issued its report on the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster, agency officials said they were taking action against several individuals found to have violated safety laws at the Massey Energy operation. I realized this week that the state had still not publicly identified that third Upper Big Branch employee, so I asked the state agency for that information, and they emailed me a copy of this filing, which identifies UBB foreman Jeremey L. Burghduff as that person.
Reno air race pilot likely incapacitated before crash: safety board
U.S. safety regulators investigating the crash of a World War Two-era plane at a Nevada air race that killed 11 people said on Tuesday they found evidence the pilot exceeded tolerable G-force limits and likely was incapacitated seconds before the accident.