Some good news for all you busy workers out there: Finding time in your day to vote may be easier than you think. Thirty-one states guarantee employees time off to vote, at least under certain conditions. In 23 of these states, employees are entitled to paid time off to vote. Are you?
The Republicans are poised to retake the U.S. House and narrow Democrats’ margin in the Senate, delivering a rebuke to President Barack Obama’s party in a campaign shaped by voter anxiety over jobs and the economy. The shift in power also would mean unions face little chance of achieving their major legislative goals, such as easier organizing rules, mandatory paid sick leave, bigger fines for workplace safety violations and tougher mine-safety rules.
The Interior Department has hired a Norwegian firm to inspect the giant subsea device that failed to prevent the Macondo oil and gas well from exploding on April 20, although the same firm earlier gave a thumbs-up to safety procedures on board the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, which sank in the accident.
The automated tram that struck and killed a contractor last week at Bush Intercontinental Airport did not meet government safety regulations for operation because none exist for the vehicle, according to city, state and federal officials.
Pipeline leaks, like one that cut U.S. crude imports last month and pushed oil prices up $4 a barrel, may become more frequent as the U.S. delays safety reforms on its aging 2.5 million mile network of energy lines.
The D.C. Circuit handed a miners’ union a partial victory in its challenge of federal mine safety regulations, saying the government failed to explain why it chose to require annual instead of quarterly training sessions on seeking refuge in case of an accident.
- OSHA cites New York and Pennsylvania contractors following scaffold collapse at Binghamton University that injured 6 workers
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited two contractors for alleged serious violations of safety standards following a June 2 scaffold collapse at Binghamton University that injured six workers.
The piping accident that injured 12 workers when it sent high-temperature water into a pipe by HPER and steam spewing into the air Monday, was caused by a system failure, not a break in the pipe, authorities say.
An employee of Westside Forestry was utilizing a hydraulic boom lift to cut down tree limbs from a mature pine tree when the hydraulic extension failed and imploded, causing the lift to free-fall approximately 50 to 60 feet. The employee on the lift sustained serious head injuries and other internal injuries and was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.