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Labor Department Proposes Historic $87.4 Million Safety Fine on BP

October 30, 2009
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Labor Secretary Hilda Solis says the energy company has not done enough to improve safety since a 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery killed 15 people and injured 170.
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Program Offers Pre-Employment Access to Commercial Driver Records

October 21, 2009
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is launching a pre-employment screening program for driver positions that will allow commercial motor carriers to electronically access applicants’ driver inspection and crash histories.
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California Bans Denying Workers’ Compensation in Racially Motivated Attacks

October 14, 2009
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The legislation, known as Taneka Talley’s Law, was introduced after the death of a black employee who was stabbed to death in 2006 while on the job at a Dollar Tree store.
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Flu Outbreak Could Give Momentum to Paid-Sick-Days Bill

September 22, 2009
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Preparations for an outbreak of the H1N1 flu virus this fall could give momentum to legislation that would require employers to provide paid sick days.
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Yale Student’s Death Cited as Case of Workplace Violence

September 17, 2009
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Experts on workplace violence say early intervention is the best way to deal with troubled employees but that incidents of conflict in the workplace are typically underreported.
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Solis Beefs Up Worker Protection Enforcement Staffs

September 3, 2009
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The enforcement emphasis is designed to give the department a new orientation after what the Obama administration portrays as eight years of lax oversight during former President George W. Bush’s tenure.
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Labor Department Withdraws Occupational Health Risk Assessment Rule

September 2, 2009
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The controversial rule would have required OSHA and the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to publish an advance notice of proposed rule-making for all regulatory actions regarding workplace toxic substances or chemicals.
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