Being an Abusive Boss can get you Fined by OSHA

  The term “abusive boss” can cover a lot of different things. Most of us probably think in terms of sexual harassment or discrimination. If this is the case we know that an employee can file a case with the EEOC. But what about other situations? What about a situation where violence is threatened? The …

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How to deal with a Temporary Employee Getting Injured

  I occasionally get asked about who has responsibility for an employee that is hired on a temporary basis through an agency. Many employers mistakenly think that since the person is not their employee and they are only paying a fee to receive that person’s services that they are not responsible for their safety or …

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OSHA and the Affordable Care Act: What is that connection?

  There is your quiz for the day. Before reading any further can you answer the question? How are OSHA and the ACA connected? The answer It turns out that OSHA (The Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is the “retaliation cop” for 22 different statutes, including now the Affordable Care Act (ACA). OSHA will be …

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8 Things You Need to be Aware of with OSHA in 2013

I had the opportunity to listen to a webinar put on by Ed Foulke of Fisher & Phillips LLC on OSHA recordkeeping. The short video below is my summation of what I heard were some of the major points. Expand the video to the full screen to more easily read it. [youtube]http://youtu.be/Qz1mWqtPA5M[/youtube]

DEADLINE: OSHA Logs MUST Be Posted

  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires covered employers to post a lot of information. In addition to the OSHA poster the annual report on injuries and illnesses must be posted as well. That deadline of February 1st is fast approaching. What must be posted The OSHA Form 300 A is the Summary of …

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HR Predictions for 2013

  In January of 2012 I wrote a post called A Look Ahead: Predictions for 2012 (Snappy title huh?) Well it turns out I was pretty correct. It also turns out that 2013 will most likely be more of the same. So here are my HR predictions for 2013. Rules, more rules and creative interpretations …

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Why Periodic Safety Training is Necessary

  I have a quick question for you. Here is the situation. You are sitting in your office and suddenly you smell smoke. There is an electrical short in a wire and it has caught your carpet on fire. Where is the closest fire extinguisher? If you are like others you may not know and …

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Major Regulatory Changes for OSHA in 2013

  With the Obama administration safely ensconced in Washington for the next four years we are going to see many regulatory changes proceed or be developed. One of the agencies that is most likely to see a lot of changes is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Here are some of the major regulatory …

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OSHA Inspections: Industry Crackdown Targets Construction

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced that they are going to be cracking down on construction sites, especially in the Southeast. This industry segment in the past couple of years has suffered more deaths, especially from falls, than in years past. This increased activity has prompted OSHA to develop a special program …

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Safety Is Not Just a Big Company Issue

  The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) established safety standards for businesses that apply to all size companies. Under the regulation an employer is defined as “a person engaged in a business affecting commerce who has employees.” That is a pretty broad definition. The law also requires employers to comply with “the …

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