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Retail Employer Workplace News - Winter 2016

By Mark S. Askanas
  • February 4, 2016

Top Five OSHA Changes to Watch for in 2016

Retailers should stay tuned in the year ahead to the busy agenda of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as it attempts to finalize significant rulemakings and guidance documents. OSHA initiatives on electronic injury and illness recordkeeping, employer safety incentive programs, and employer safety and health programs could affect retailers. Read more…

OSHA Gets Authorization to Boost Penalty Amounts

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is pleased that agency fines will be going up as much as 82 percent, even though the authorization from Congress in a budget bill was unexpected. Read more…

‘Shoplifting and No Apprehension’ Policy Vulnerable to Whistleblower Claims, Illinois Court Finds

A retail employer is liable under the Illinois Whistleblower Act (“IWA”) when it terminates an employee for violating its “shoplifting and no apprehension” policy prohibiting employees from calling law enforcement directly about suspected shoplifting, an Illinois federal court has found. Read more…

What California Retail Employers Need to Know About Accommodating Pregnancy

Navigating the California laws on discrimination and accommodation of pregnant employees is a significant challenge for retail employers. The Golden State’s protections for pregnant employees are many and they differ from those of federal law and of other states. Read more…

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