[caption id="attachment_25981" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/jarino47[/caption] In response to the growing list of front line workers fired or otherwise punished for raising concerns about workplace safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, state senator Karen Keiser is p...
[caption id="attachment_21618" align="aligncenter" width="525"] Photo credit: iStockphoto.com/Oranat Taesuwan[/caption] Safety violations in the construction industry can quickly turn into to jaw-dropping fines if state inspectors catch wind of the lapses. But the fines are often eclipsed by the me...
One of the first whistleblowers to highlight inadequate safety measures in U.S. workplaces during the coronavirus pandemic has sued the Bellingham hospital and staffing firm that fired him in March. Dr. Ming Lin filed the lawsuit in Whatcom County Superior Court last week, claiming wrongful termi...
In recent weeks, state and federal courts have seen a growing number of lawsuits from workers alleging they were fired for raising COVID-19-related health and safety concerns including a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE). The complaints, also being filed with the Occupational Safety and...
While the evolving set of state and federal worker safety guidelines and recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic are not legally enforceable, the consequences of not following them in some cases are likely to be settled in court. At least six workers in a Long Island, New York, warehouse have ...
Protecting American workers during the coronavirus pandemic has largely proceeded from a flurry of ad hoc, government guidelines in reaction to the evolving situation. But whether federal, state or local guidelines, the government recommendations are not enforceable as laws, and can’t be regulate...
Earlier this week the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a new rule mandating that employers notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or is hospitalized due to a work-related injury, amputation or loss of an eye. The requirement, which ...
According to federal government reports, the rate of workplace injuries has fallen by 31% over the last 10 years. However, that improvement may not exactly be the great news it appears to be if you ask the swelling ranks of workers who experience retaliation from their employers as a result of repo...
Labor activists and Workers’ Compensation Attorneys have brought the question of farm safety regulation back onto center stage. According to U.S. Department of Agriculture statistics, corn production and storage on farms doubled from 1978 to 2012, increasing from 5.4 billion bushels to a record 1...
With her sites set on a law that critics have labeled as weak and outdated, last week Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington state, introduced legislation to fortify the 1970 law governing workplace safety. The bill, commonly known as the Protecting America’s Workers Act, is directed at...