Archive for 'Workplace Safety'

Tragedy struck an Oklahoma workplace when a recently-fired employee from a food distribution center entered the center and stabbed a co-worker at random, severing her head, and then stabbed another co-worker.  Tragic stories like this are no longer a surprise.  Although violence is often unexpected, there are steps employers can take to minimize the risk […]

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Every year we write an article on employer-hosted holiday parties and the pitfalls to avoid.  While we intend to review all of those potential pitfalls, employers should keep in mind that avoiding pitfalls is not their only concern. Generally, under common law, employers have a duty to exercise ordinary and reasonable care in supervising their […]

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As worrisome reports of deadly contagions like Ebola continue to fill the news, fears are mounting about the possibility of transmission.  As an employer, your instinct is likely to protect your workplace and employees, perhaps by sending home or demanding doctor’s notes from any employees who appear sick or who traveled abroad recently.  But be […]

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This year, we have reported on President Obama’s Executive Orders raising the minimum wage for federal contractors, prohibiting retaliation against workers who share their salary information, and prohibiting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) discrimination against federal employees and those who work for federal contractors.  President Obama recently signed another Executive Order, this time requiring […]

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The proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 provides a cash infusion to three federal agencies that are a thorn in the side of many employers: the Department of Labor (“DOL”), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), and the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”).  With increased funding, we can expect increased scrutiny.  Here is what you […]

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