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Experts: Personal Data Not Secure on Health Insurance Exchanges
Hackers could gain access to the personal data of Americans who use the federal and state health insurance exchanges, according to two government reports and experts on electronic data security.

Screening Lapses by Small Businesses Invite Large Risk
Neglecting to verify candidates’ employment references and education credentials, failing to drug-test applicants, and using social media to check up on potential new hires are some of the most common screening oversights and missteps small businesses make.

Drivers’ 2013 Hours-of-Service Restart Rules Suspended
Certain provisions of the 2013 changes to hours-of-service regulations for commercial drivers will be suspended at least until Sept. 30, 2015.

Retailers: Protect Your Data this Holiday Season
Connie Stack of Digital Guardian discussed what specific threats to look out for this holiday season, what measures retailers and other businesses can take to plug the security gaps in their networks, and HR’s responsibility in developing a human firewall to protect the company from data theft.

OSHA’s ‘Continuing Obligation’ Recordkeeping Proposal Moves Forward
An advisory panel voted in favor of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration moving forward with proposed revisions to its recordkeeping regulations in an uncharacteristically divided vote.

OSHA Releases Regulatory Plans for 2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published its semiannual regulatory agenda, listing projected actions on 26 regulations and announcing its top priorities for 2015.

Improve Workplace Air Quality with Fragrance-Free Policies
Personal care products worn or used in the workplace can act as potential triggers for respiratory distress leading to acute asthma attacks and even hospitalization.

Safety Equipment Makers Cite Role in Controlling Ebola
Manufacturers of personal safety equipment say the industry has responded well to the fight against the fatal Ebola disease, supplying crucially needed protective gear to prevent infections among medical personnel on the front lines in West Africa and at hospitals in the U.S.

Keep Older Workers Safe with These 10 Tips
Employers should be mindful of how best to keep older workers protected from on-the-job hazards.

DOT Plans Spate of Driver Safety Rules for 2015
The Department of Transportation’s motor carrier safety agency plans to publish 14 proposed or final rules in 2015.

2013 Workplace Injury Rate Continues Slide

Slightly more than three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private-sector employers in 2013, continuing a decline in the occupational injury and illness incidence rate.


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