Category archive: Safety

Keep Your Workplace Safe — OHSA At It Again!

The anti-business Occupational Safety and Health Administration continues its onslaught of burdensome regulations on American business. The “stick it to the company” philosophy is no more evident than with its new increased penalties. As of August 1, 2016, OSHA penalties will increase.

Who is the Employer in a Title VII Claim?

In a Contractor and Subcontractor Relationship, Who is the Employer? The 7th Circuit Clarifies the Standard for Showing “Indirect Employer” Status Under Title VII.

OSHA Issues Proposed Changes to Eye and Face Protection Standard

OSHA has issued a proposed rule revising its eye and face protection standards applicable to a number of industries. The amended rule incorporates the recent versions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Occupational and Educational Eye and Face Protection standard. The proposal also seeks to amend language in the construction eye and face protection standard to make it consistent with OSHA’s general industry. Comments on the proposal are due on or before April 13.

OSHA Interpretation Letter Allows Construction Contractors May Require Workers to Pay a Deposit for Company-Issued Personal Protection Equipment

On March 16, 2015, OSHA issued an Interpretation Letter allowing construction contractors to require workers to pay a deposit for company-issued personal protection equipment, such as fall prevention harnesses. The deposit requirement, however, cannot circumvent the requirement that employers provide protection equipment at no expense to the workers.

ADA Accommodation: When is it required?

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals determined that a former hairdresser was entitled to have a jury decide whether an Illinois nursing home failed to offer her a reasonable accommodation when she was unable to push wheelchair-bound patients between their rooms and the salon

FMLA Leave: What is Retaliation?

Employers are often faced with difficult decisions when a poorly performing employee takes FMLA leave. Any action against the employee following the leave may be closely scrutinized and result in a claim for retaliation. A recent 7th Circuit case provides some guidance on what is, and is not, a retaliatory act. The employee failed to…

Checking the Criminal History of Applicants? – The law has changed

Effective January 1, 2015, the new Illinois Job Opportunities for Qualified Applicants Act takes effect. The Act, signed by Governor Quinn on July 18, 2014, prohibits private employers with 15 or more employees from inquiring about or into, considering or requiring disclosure of criminal record or criminal history of an applicant for employment until the…

Evaluating Employees… If you do it, do it right

Employee evaluations are not fun. But, they can be important for many reasons. A properly executed evaluation can benefit both the employer and the employee by increasing efficiency and productivity and providing valuable and constructive feedback to the employee. It can also help an employee feel engaged in their work and connected to the organization….

Starbucks Barista Gets NLRB Backing Second Time Around

Note to Employers: don’t fire a worker who tells his boss to “go f *** ” herself in front of customers, then blow it by blaming the termination on his pro-union activities.

New Rights for Pregnant Employees on the Horizon

Legislation that would make it a civil rights violation for an employer to refuse to make “reasonable accommodations” for pregnant employees is nearer to becoming law. House Bill 8 amends the Illinois Human Rights Act to give pregnant employees a right to reasonable accommodations for conditions related pregnancy, childbirth or pregnancy related medical conditions. The…


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