In an effort to promote best practices and reduce worker injury from exposure to hazardous chemicals, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has renewed its alliance with the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC). Working together, these organizations will continue to ad...
In the continuing effort to confront mounting budget shortfalls, states across the country are making deep cuts in important government programs, including workers' compensation.  The Bill passed by the Illinois Senate recently is worth examining as it contains many proposals that are being debated...
Construction site jobs are among the most dangerous work in the U.S.  Each year, thousands of Washington workers are seriously injured or killed in construction site accidents.  Some of the most frequent injuries include falling, crane accidents, scaffolding accidents, hazards from compressed gase...
They have become known in the press around the world as the "Fukushima 50," the 50 anonymous workers who venture into the dark, flooded depths of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in the wake of the March earthquake and tsunami that sent the plant's systems spinning perilously out of control...
The Corporate Food Industry has often been the scene of labor rights abuses ranging from dodging minimum pay laws to mandating long hours linked to the ebb and flow of customer patronage at  food establishments.  Many a waiter and waitress will tell you that they rarely are given the mandatory bre...
For the first time in state history, workers’ compensation benefit rates in New Jersey will be decreasing. In the coming year, the highest benefits will fall from $794 to $792 per week, a 0.3% decrease.  This may be compared to 2007, when rates increased 2.7 %. Historically, New Jersey’s max...
Last month the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued 83 citations to Goodman Manufacturing Company for deliberately failing to document and improperly documenting workplace injuries and illnesses at their Houston air-conditioning plant.  Fines and penalties have been asse...
This article by Timothy W. Emery, Esq., a partner with Emery Reddy, PLLC, Attorneys at Law. Washington Labor and Industries is in the process of overhauling its website, www.lni.wa.gov. The revisions to the Washington L&I website are the result of user feedback collected over a significant perio...