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What to Do About Body Art at Work

March 24, 2010
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Although some employers, particularly in traditionally creative fields, may encourage employee displays of body art as a form of self-expression, many others worry that their employees’ visible body piercings and tattoos may be off-putting or even offensive to customers, investors and the public at large. Here are some suggestions for legally managing body art at work.
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Employers and the Prevention of Workplace Violence

March 9, 2010
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Commentary: For every headline-grabbing act of violence in the workplace, hundreds more—less dramatic in scale—go unreported each year. Although employers are not responsible for unknowable risk, victims or their families can hold employers accountable for those that they should have anticipated. Here are some preventive actions that companies can take to address the unpredictable results of human emotion and interaction.
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Migrant Workers Injury in Company Housing Ruled Compensable

February 18, 2010
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A fractured ankle a migrant worker received while living in employer-provided housing arose in the course of employment and is compensable, the South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled.
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Terrorist Group Claims Responsibility for Attack on Staffing Agencys German Office

February 4, 2010
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The group says in a letter that the attack is a protest against temporary employment, which is called ‘modern slavery.’
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10 Ways to Find Dollars in Workers Comp Loss Run Reports

February 2, 2010
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By paying careful attention to loss run reports, employers give themselves a road map for finding and recapturing workers’ comp dollars.
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The Four Types of Training That Should Never Be Cut

January 6, 2010
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The recession has put employers under attack from employees and government enforcement agencies, making four kinds of training essential. This article describes why the four are vital, and offers return-on-investment arguments for each.
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OSHA Outlines H1N1 Flu Inspection Procedures

November 23, 2009
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According to OSHA, the directive closely follows guidance issued by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Legal Questions and Answers on the Swine Flu Pandemic

November 19, 2009
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In reviewing their HR policies, employers must consider how federal and state laws affect pandemic preparedness. These laws include the National Labor Relations Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1991, and state workers’ compensation laws. Here are some frequently asked questions on general and legal aspects of the pandemic.
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Federal Study Points to Widespread Underreporting of Injuries on the Job

November 18, 2009
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The report says 67 percent of occupational health practitioners reported observing workers who feared losing their job or disciplinary action for reporting an injury; 46 percent said this fear led workers to underreport injuries.
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