Court upholds power of cities to pass on worker retention laws
The California Supreme Court today upheld the power of cities to pass laws protecting the jobs of existing workers when a new owner takes over a store or business.
Fed board slaps Florida for “unacceptable response” on worker safety
Florida drew a rare rebuke Monday from the federal Chemical Safety Board, for failing to enact workplace protections for state and municipal employees, following the deaths in 2006 of two plant workers at a Daytona Beach wastewater plant. In a letter to Gov. Rick Scott, CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said that legislation providing workplace protections failed to pass in 2009 and 2010. Last spring, no legislation was even introduced.
FAQ: The Employment Non-Discrimination Act
The Center for American Progress has shown that gay and transgender individuals face alarmingly high rates of employment discrimination. The recently introduced Employment Non-Discrimination Act, or ENDA, would outlaw employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Below we answer frequently asked questions about ENDA, the scope of gay and transgender employment discrimination in the United States, and why ENDA’s passage would represent a significant step toward eliminating workplace discrimination for gay and transgender Americans.
After a mine emergency, family liaisons get to work
The MINER (Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response) Act became law five years ago and established a new requirement for the Mine Safety and Health Administration to create a liaison program to provide families with factual, accurate and timely information during mining rescue operations. MSHA currently has 58 trained staff members to serve as conduits to family members after a life-threatening incident at a mine. We recently caught up with Michael Dickerson, an MSHA family liaison in Mount Hope, WV, who was one of the first DOL employees on the scene following the tragic mine explosion at Upper Big Branch on April 5, 2010.
Study shows need for compliance with pesticide drift regulations
Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health worked with agencies from 11 states to determine the risk of illness from exposure to airborne drifts of pesticides. About half the nearly 3,000 cases identified involved occupational exposures, mainly agricultural workers, especially women and younger employees.
Lowe’s agrees to pay federal government $90,000
Lowe’s, the home improvement store retailer, has agreed to pay the federal government $90,000 and review three years of medical records for work-related injury claims at 24 southern and southwest Ohio stores, to settle complaints brought by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA accused Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. last year of “continually failing” to document and report employee injuries and illnesses, and proposed at that time to fine the company $110,000. In reaching the settlement, Lowe’s did not admit any violation of federal workplace safety law.
OSHA slaps Pilgrim’s Pride with $85,000 in fines
Poor housekeeping could cost Pilgrim’s Pride more than $80,000 in fines. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has cited the company’s Enterprise, Ala., facility for six alleged safety violations, two of which are repeat violations carrying a combined $77,000 in penalties.
OSHA to review death on Wilson Mesa
The man killed last week on Wilson Mesa after he fell into a hole while working on a power line project was working for a company that’s been cited for potential fall safety violations before, according to Occupational Safety & Health Administration records.
Air traffic controller suspended for being drunk on the job
An unidentified Denver air traffic controller is being investigated for the “possibility” of being intoxicated while working. The veteran controller was reportedly found to have a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit during a routine, random test, the FAA told Denver’s KMGH.
Steaming near sinkhole halted
The state’s top oil regulator has ordered Chevron to cease steam injection — a common practice in Kern County oil fields — near the sinkhole that abruptly opened up and killed a man west of Taft last month. The July 6 order by the head of the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources does not directly blame steam injection for the death of Robert David Taylor, a 54-year-old Chevron construction supervisor. But the text of the order does shed new light on the incident, including word that the oil well site where he died has been a problem for at least three years.