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Tactics to Help Avoid the ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ Employee
In the vast majority of cases, employees who visit misery upon a workplace share some common characteristics. Through effective training and screening, employers can identify a large percentage of high-risk applicants and legally avoid hiring them.


State OSHA Programs Can Be Significant Source of Big Fines
While big penalties levied by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) dominate the headlines, monetary fines imposed by health and safety agencies in states backed by OSHA can be significant, too.
State Laws Require Security Breach Notification by Employers
Forty-seven states require employers to notify employees when defined categories of personal information, including Social Security numbers, are acquired by unauthorized parties.

President Obama Signs 2015 Budget Act Increasing OSHA Penalties
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 includes a surprise for those with an interest in occupational safety and health: penalties imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are increasing.

Fall Protection Violations Lead OSHA’s 2015 Top 10
Fall protection violations rose year over year in fiscal year 2015, retaining the No. 1 spot on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) annual top 10 most-frequently cited workplace safety violations. 

E-Cigarettes Pose Issues for Employers 

Although cigarette smoking among American workers has hit an all-time low of 20 percent, the popularity of electronic cigarettes continues to surge across the United States, posing tough questions for regulators, health experts – and ultimately, employers – on controlling their use in public spaces and workplaces.


NLRB’s New Joint Employers Test May Impact OSHA 

A recent decision of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that greatly expanded the definition of “joint employer” in the context of the relationship between unions and management may also impact Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforcement of workplace safety standards.  


Workplace Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Filed in Massachusetts 

A Massachusetts woman who claims she was fired from her job for using marijuana, which was legally obtained for medical reasons related to her Crohn’s disease, has sued her former employer.  




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