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July 24, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Accident Alert on Haul Truck Operations

July 24, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration issued a “Close Call Accident Alert” after a June 19, 2017, accident involving a haul truck driver. In the incident, MSHA said, a haul truck driver with six weeks of experience traveled into the pit loading area and waited to be loaded. The driver stopped the haul truck about 30 feet from... Read More

July 24, 2017

OSHA Launches New Website for Electronically Filing Injury and Illness Reports

July 24, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new electronic portal, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), where employers can file web-based reports of workplace injuries or illnesses, will be accessible beginning August 1, 2017. Under OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule, covered companies with at least 250 employees must... Read More

July 24, 2017

Former Employees Do Not Have Right to Inspect Personnel Files, Pennsylvania High Court Clarifies

July 24, 2017

Terminated employees, even those recently separated, are not entitled to inspect their personnel file under the Pennsylvania Inspection of Employment Records Law (the “Act”), according to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, No. 30 EAP 2016 (June 20,... Read More

July 20, 2017

Final New York Paid Family Leave Regulations Released: What Employers Need to Know

July 20, 2017

The Workers’ Compensation Board adopted the final regulations for New York’s new Paid Family Leave Benefits Law (PFL) on July 19, 2017. Final Regulations were issued previously by the Department of Financial Services on May 16, 2017. PFL will provide broad paid family leave benefits through the state’s existing Disability Benefits Law... Read More

July 19, 2017

Top Five Labor Law Developments for June 2017

July 19, 2017

In an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Department of Justice reversed itself and argued for the legality of mandatory arbitration agreement provisions waiving employees’ rights to bring class actions under the National Labor Relations Act. The parties have asked the Court to settle a Circuit Court split on... Read More

July 19, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Round Up – 2016-2017

July 19, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended June 2017 included a number of decisions important to workplace law, as well as the confirmation of Justice Neil Gorsuch. Although functioning with only eight justices for most of the 2016-2017 term, the Court managed to achieve a strong consensus in each of its employment-related rulings.... Read More

July 19, 2017

Claim of Massachusetts Employee Fired for Medical Marijuana Use May Proceed, State High Court Rules

July 19, 2017

An employee fired after she tested positive for marijuana on a test administered in the hiring process should be able to proceed with her “handicap discrimination” claim under Massachusetts’ anti-discrimination statute, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled. Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC, SJC -12226 (July... Read More

July 18, 2017

Supreme Court Set to Decide Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

July 18, 2017

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions protect employees who only complain internally to their employer, but do not complain directly to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In doing so, the Court may resolve a more than year old split among... Read More

July 18, 2017

Nevada Issues Official Notice for Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act for Immediate Posting

July 18, 2017

The Nevada Equal Rights Commission has issued an official Notice for the Nevada Pregnant Workers’ Fairness Act. Under the Act, most employers with at least 15 employees must immediately: post the Notice in the workplace in a conspicuous place at their business locations, in an area that is accessible to employees; provide all... Read More

July 18, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Enhances Enforcement of ‘Rules to Live By’ to Prevent Mining Fatalities

July 18, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said it has begun “enhanced” enforcement of its “Rules to Live By” initiative, regulating standards commonly linked to mine deaths, as well as nine underground coal mine exam standards, targeting the greatest risks to miners in underground coal mines. The agency announced in 2016 that these... Read More

July 18, 2017

OSHA Exempts Monorail Hoists from Cranes and Derricks Regulations

July 18, 2017

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a new enforcement policy that excludes monorail hoists from regulations on cranes and derricks in constructions. Stakeholders had argued that monorail hoists are not the same as cranes and derricks in construction, pointing out that these hoists are attached to fixed... Read More

July 17, 2017

USCIS Releases New Form I-9 and New Handbook for Employers

July 17, 2017

On July 17, 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Key information: The revised version may be used immediately, but it must be used no later than September 18, 2017. Employers can continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September... Read More

July 14, 2017

Nurse’s Disability Discrimination Claims May Proceed to Trial, New Jersey Supreme Court Rules

July 14, 2017

A registered nurse employed by a New Jersey health care system for approximately 10 years may proceed to a jury trial with her disability and perceived disability claims under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled. Grande v. Saint Clare’s Health Sys., 2017 N.J. LEXIS 746 (July 12, 2017).... Read More

July 12, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Re-Launches Annual Program to Prevent Roof and Rib Fall Accidents

July 12, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration said that it is re-launching its annual Preventive Roof/Rib Outreach Program (PROP) to expand awareness among coal miners and mine operators of roof and rib fall hazards. The federal agency said that underground coal mine accidents from roof falls, rib falls, and coal bursts are still a... Read More

July 12, 2017

Construction Contractors Develop New Safety Helmets

July 12, 2017

Construction firms are developing new safety helmets designed to provide workers with better protection from falls and to curb fatal injuries, according to a report from Bloomberg BNA. According to government researchers, from 2003 to 2010, 2,210 fatal traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occurred in the construction industry, a rate of 2.6... Read More

July 12, 2017

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2017

July 12, 2017

Our quarterly report discusses new developments in class action litigation and offers strategic guidance and tactical tips on how to defend such claims. This issue covers the following topics: Wage and hour claims: the class and collective behemoth The legislation Prevention pointer Only in California Regulatory roundup Read More

July 7, 2017

Context Matters: Mortgage Underwriters Don’t Meet FLSA’s Administrative Exemption, Ninth Circuit Concludes

July 7, 2017

Mortgage underwriters do not qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s administrative exemption because they are more appropriately characterized as “production” employees, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. McKeen-Chaplin v. Provident Savings Bank, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 11950 (9th Cir. July 5, 2017). In so... Read More

July 6, 2017

Retail Industry Workplace Law Update - Summer 2017

July 6, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court: Plaintiffs May Not Voluntarily Dismiss Case to Appeal Class Certification Decision Curbing a litigation tactic used by class action plaintiffs, U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that such plaintiffs may not voluntarily dismiss their claims upon receiving an adverse class certification decision and subsequently invoke 28... Read More

July 5, 2017

OSHA Fall Protection Rule Raises Questions Over ‘Temporary, Relatively Infrequent’ Work

July 5, 2017

New questions are emerging about key provisions the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s updated rule to prevent falls. Effective January 17, 2017, the final rule updating OSHA’s general industry Walking-Working Surfaces standards permits certain work near the edge of low-slope roofs without fall protection systems, as long... Read More

July 5, 2017

Mine Safety Agency Issues Serious Accident Alert on Safe Handling of Chemicals

July 5, 2017

The Mine Safety and Health Administration has issued a serious accident alert on handling dangerous chemicals, recommending best practices. MSHA highlighted a November 3, 2017, accident in which an explosion occurred when incompatible chemicals were mixed in a tank. A miner had unloaded a truckload of sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS)... Read More

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