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EMPLOYERS SHOULD THINK TWICE BEFORE FIRING A SAFETY COMPLAINER

May 20, 2014

The Labor Department recently filed a lawsuit against an employer for allegedly firing a worker who filed a safety complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). According to the suit, the employee contacted OSHA on May 9, 2011, alleging safety and health hazards in ...

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BLS ANNOUNCES FINAL 2012 FATAL OCCUPATIONAL INJURY COUNTS

May 16, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recently analyzed workplace fatalities and released a summary of its data to help employers understand the numbers and causes of fatal injuries in the workplace.  According to the BLS data, 4,628 people lost their lives on the job in 2012, up from the ...

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NEW VIDEO EXPLAINS THE VALUE OF INJURY AND ILLNESS PREVENTION PROGRAMS

May 13, 2014

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released a new seven-minute video that explains how injury and illness prevention programs enhance workplace safety and health. An injury and illness prevention program is a systematic process that employers can use to find and fix ...

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DATA BREACH RESULTS IN $4.8 MILLION HIPAA SETTLEMENTS

May 9, 2014

Two health care organizations have agreed to settle charges that they potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules by failing to secure thousands of patients' electronic protected health information held on their ...

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RECORDKEEPING REQUIREMENTS REMINDER

May 5, 2014

Employers should be aware of recordkeeping requirements that apply to them including the length of time each employee’s record must be retained. Employers covered by federal anti-discrimination laws (ADEA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act , EPA) must follow the requirements listed ...

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STOLEN LAPTOPS LEAD TO HIPAA SETTLEMENTS OF $1.9 MILLION

April 25, 2014

As a recent settlement resolution demonstrates, unencrypted laptop computers and other mobile devices pose a significant risk to the security of patient information and can cost employers millions. In two cases involving stolen laptops, the two providers (covered entities) have paid the U.S. ...

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FINAL RULE INCREASES PENALTIES UNDER TITLE III OF THE ADA

April 22, 2014

On March 28, 2014, the Department of Justice issued a Final Rule that adjusts for inflation the civil monetary penalties assessed or enforced by the Civil Rights Division, including those assessed under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).   For the ADA, ...

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PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS ON THE RISE

April 18, 2014

Pregnancy discrimination lawsuits continue to grow as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) heightens enforcement actions on behalf of pregnant applicants and employees. The EEOC announced settlements in four such cases in just the last 30 days. These cases are instructive ...

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EEOC RAISES FINE FOR FAILING TO POST REQUIRED NOTICES

April 15, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has increased the fine for failure to post the required federal anti-discrimination labor law notices. Employers who fail to post the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (Title VII), and the Genetic ...

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EMPLOYERS URGED TO PREVENT TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

April 11, 2014

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death on the job, accounting for more than 2 out of every 5 fatal work injuries in 2012 , according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Because millions of workers’ jobs require them to spend part or all of their work day driving ? visiting ...

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