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Court Rules Medical Marijuana Users Can Be Fired
A federal court in New Mexico added to the growing body of U.S. case law holding that employers are under no duty to accommodate medical marijuana use by employees or job applicants, even when state law allows it.

New Noise Regulation Affects Ontario Employers
All Ontario employers will be required to comply with a new workplace noise regulation, effective July 1, 2016.

OSHA Issues Alert on Snow Removal Safety After Falls
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is urging employers and workers to be aware of the hazards involved when removing snow.

Feds Launch Initiative to Toughen Penalties for Worker Safety Violations

In a new enforcement effort involving the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration, the federal government is launching an initiative aimed at putting more bite into penalties for alleged worker safety violations.

Cal/OSHA Proposes Workplace Violence Prevention Standards in Health Care
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) has proposed standards specifically aimed at protecting health care workers against workplace violence.

More Lenient Laws Lead to Stricter Marijuana Policies
In states that have legalized pot for recreational use, employers are more vigilant about rooting out employees who test positive for marijuana than are employers in states where pot is still illegal, a Society for Human Resource Management survey suggests.

Fainting Is Recordable Even If Caused by Non-Recordable Event
Fainting is recordable under the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s injury reporting rules, even if the loss-of-consciousness is due to a non-recordable injury incurred at work, the agency said in an interpretation letter to a West Virginia retailer. 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) takes the position that the host company has safety-related legal obligations with respect to temporary and leased employees just as if that host business directly employed those workers.


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Visit SHRM's Disaster Prep and Response Resource Page to learn about planning for business disruptions, policies to handle unexpected absences, and resources to help recover from natural and man-made disasters.
Visit SHRM's Flu Resource Page for information on how to prevent and deal with the spread of influenza in the workplace.

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Employee Drug Screening: What You Need To Know
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Give Your Company a Fighting Chance: An HR Guide to Understanding and Preventing Workplace Violence will provide assistance to business leaders and HR professionals by outlining some parameters for understanding and preventing violence, for preparing for violent situations that may develop in your workplace, and for planning a response to any such incident if it does occur.