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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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Workplace Deaths Fall to Record Low in 2008

August 21, 2009
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The number of U.S. workplace fatalities in 2008 fell to the lowest level since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking fatal occupation injuries in 1992.
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Health Agency Labels Swine Flu a Pandemic

June 11, 2009
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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.
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<i>Dear Workforce</i> How Do We Combat Swine Flu Outbreaks at Work

June 3, 2009
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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.
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Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules Injured Worker Can Sue Zurich American Insurance for Bad Faith

May 29, 2009
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A Walgreen Co. employee can sue her employer’s workers’ compensation insurer for bad faith, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ruled.
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