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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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Wal-Mart Cited in Holiday-Sale Trampling Death of Temp Worker

May 27, 2009
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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.
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Department of Labor Seeking More Funding for Workplace Safety Enforcement

May 21, 2009
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The first Department of Labor budget of the Obama administration places an emphasis on workplace safety enforcement and other worker protections.
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Experts Urge Calm During Swine Flu Outbreak, Say Firms Must Assess Workforce and Supply Risks

May 4, 2009
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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.
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Training to Keep Food Safe

May 1, 2009
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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.
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Democrats Vow to Strengthen Penalties for Safety Violations

April 29, 2009
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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.
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Court Fired Worker Must Prove Danger Met Standard

March 11, 2009
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The decision by a Connecticut federal district court involved a worker who claimed he was discharged for complaining about his employer’s alleged violation of public policy requiring employers to provide a reasonably safe workplace.
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Texas Bill Would End Parking-Lot Gun Bans

February 12, 2009
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The measure would also eliminate employers’ liability for damages in cases involving guns stored in their parking lots, except in instances of gross negligence.
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