Immigrants rights advocates and employers, including farmers, are lashing out at the Supreme Court’s May 26 decision upholding Arizona’s right to demand employers use the controversial e-Verify system, which is meant to confirm whether someone is in the country legally. The e-Verify system has been widely criticized for errors, including flagging legal and native-born residents as undocumented.
Gov. Paul LePage has signed into law a bill to ease Maine’s child labor restrictions so teenagers can work longer hours.
- US Department of Labor grant to continue assistance for eligible workers affected by base realignment and closures in Oklahoma
The U.S. Department of Labor today announced a $1,690,122 National Emergency Grant increment to continue services to existing participants and to increase the number of workers to be trained in aerospace occupations as a result of the realignment of military installations in Oklahoma. About 885 individuals will be served under this grant.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced the forthcoming release of a final rule that streamlines and simplifies standards while reducing employer burdens. The rule, which soon will be published in the Federal Register, will help keep OSHA standards up-to-date and better enable employers to comply with their regulatory obligations.
A new dust monitor could make a huge difference in the prevention of black lung disease for coal miners. The tricky part is getting the monitor into widespread use.
As I write this, shareholder meetings are beginning for the final vote, likely to approve the $8.5 billion buyout of Massey Energy by Alpha Natural Resources. By early afternoon, officials from the combined companies — joined by Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin, acting as governor — will celebrate with a “sign unveiling” event at the Massey regional headquarters at Julian, in Boone County, W.Va. Let’s face it: Having Massey and Blankenship front and center has always troubled some coal industry lobbyists and spokesman, and especially executives at other companies. They would whisper about Massey’s safety practices, aggressive political campaigns and the company’s latest environmental mess — always careful to make sure such comments stay off the record, to avoid a run-in with Blankenship.
Last year, the leaders of the U.S.-based foreign labor and supply company Global Horizons were indicted in what the Department of Justice considered the biggest human trafficking case ever brought by the federal government. They were charged with holding 400 Thai guest farm workers in the United States against their will in conditions that essentially amounted to slavery. Last week, a judge upheld the three year debarment after Global Horizons appealed it.
A Baltimore County man won an $814,500 judgment in Baltimore County Circuit Court after claiming he contracted a rare lung disease known as “popcorn lung” from breathing a chemical used to make food taste buttery. A jury awarded Brian Hallock $5.4 million last month from Polarome International Inc., a New Jersey-based chemical manufacturer and distributor. But a judge said Friday she would reduce the amount because Maryland has a cap on non-economic damages, Hallock’s attorney confirmed Tuesday.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Vestas Towers America Inc. in Pueblo for one willful and 23 serious safety and health violations after a comprehensive inspection of the turbine-making plant. The inspection came after an employee suffered a partial amputation of two fingers and a broken wrist last November.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) released the findings of its investigation into a fire last September on a oil platform about 100 miles off the coast of Louisiana, an incident reflecting continuing safety problems with offshore oil drilling. The agency found that the fire was caused by the collapse of a fire tube inside a 30-year-old piece of equipment that had been weakened by heat and corrosion, and that the crew was unable to use a water pump to fight the fire due to the failure of an emergency generator. The agency also uncovered several incidents of non-compliance which could lead to civil penalties for Mariner Energy Inc., the operator of Vermilion 380A.