The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the company Amy Food with one “willful,” four “serious” and three other-than-serious citations for placing workers in situations with a clear risk of amputation at the company's Houston facility. Proposed ...
The Department of Labor & Industries is soliciting public feedback on draft rules for implementing parts of the workers’ compensation medical network, scheduled to launch in 2013. These rules concern injured workers’ visits to non-network providers and will spell out what L&I will pay fo...
Wal-Mart rarely seems to get good press when it comes to workplace conditions or relations with its employees, and this past week was no exception. The United States Dept of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Wal-Mart Stores Inc. for a total of 24 “repeat and serio...
Many people identify Berkeley with the Free Speech Movement of 1960s, but few know that Berkeley was also a central player in the disability rights movement. Berkeley’s campus is where Ed Roberts — a student with quadriplegia — emerged as an outspoken advocate of the cause. Peggy Klaus, a con...
In recent months the California Department of Insurance has been trying to enlist "suspicious employers," investigators, and "concerned co-workers" in the fight against insurance fraud by asking them to use social networks and "smart interviewing techniques that uncover information [leading] to pr...
The Office of Workers' Compensation Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor just issued its final ruling to implement an exclusion for recreational vessel workers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. The rule sets guidelines for what constitutes a "recreational vessel" under ...
Employers who give injured workers the opportunity to stay at light-duty jobs during their recovery may be eligible for reimbursement through the Department of Labor & Industries.  This incentive has emerged out of a new program in Washington State designed to keep injured workers in their jobs...
The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a historic new rule that could require federal contractors and subcontractors to establish hiring goals that 7 percent of their workforce be people with disabilities. The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs is currently soliciting public comment o...
According to this month’s issue of the American Public Health Association journal, Medical Care, studies of occupational healthcare in Washington indicate that improving medical care for injured workers significantly decreases missed work time. The study was conducted by Dr Thomas Wickizer of Ohio...
While still uncommon, it seems like the evening news is reporting more and more sad instances of disgruntled employees bringing violence to the workplace.  Just last Wednesday, a troubled ex-husband of a hairdresser entered a Salon in Seal Beach, California and murdered eight people.  While the pe...