A survey by Mercer shows that 40 percent of companies do not have an HR policy in place to deal with health-related emergencies. The swine flu pandemic has motivated more than half of the employers surveyed to create contingency and backup plans.Read More
We are in a state that has seen outbreaks of swine flu. What are some reasonable steps we can take to prevent the spread of this at work? I am worried that many of my employees might come to work even if sick, because they need the money in a tight economy.
A Walgreen Co. employee can sue her employer’s workers’ compensation insurer for bad faith, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled.Read More
OSHA reported the worker died of asphyxiation after being knocked to the ground and trampled by a crowd of about 2,000 shoppers who were surging into the store for its 2008 ‘Blitz Friday’ pre-holiday sale.Read More
The first Department of Labor budget of the Obama administration places an emphasis on workplace safety enforcement and other worker protections.Read More
Contingency plans need to be reviewed and updated. Issues such as supply chain security and workplace attendance policies should be addressed. Travel policies also demand attention.Read More
The deadly salmonella outbreak linked to Peanut Corporation of America is the most recent example of the long-range impact that food-production safety processes can have on consumers. Food safety training for employees is obviously the place to start, but what’s also imperative is a culture in which all employees, from the production line to the executive suite, know the right things to do—and do them.Read More
Republicans at the House hearing said they wanted to improve workplace safety but that increasing penalties was the wrong answer because current regulations are complex and confusing.Read More