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Is Your Company's Employee Handbook Responsive, Up to Date?

A recent labor law article from a national publication spotlights the employee handbook, covering everything from pay, vacation time and parental leave to anti-discriminatory policies, training programs, confidentiality and more.


On January 2, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor increased civil penalties for both OSHA and MSHA violations. The increases were effectuated pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990 (as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015). The increases are as follows: 

When are mining companies liable for mining deaths?

The mining industry has great improved safety requirements over the last century. Although the work environment is still hazardous by nature, the dangers have been greatly reduced by advances in mining technology and safety initiatives. Unfortunately, even on job sites with rigorous safety standards in place mining deaths can occur.


OSHA inspections: What are employer’s rights during and after?

The dreaded OSHA inspection is a concern for many employers, regardless of how safe the worksite is. With increased fines and expanded jurisdiction, having OSHA knock on your door can be nerve-racking. Knowing your rights as an employer can help you feel more in control of the process.


Construction Law: Proven Legal Counsel Will Help

Like all industries, the construction business wants to minimize legal expenses and focus on business. Disputes, however, do arise. Proven legal counsel is invaluable when these conflicts occur.

Indeed, stresses one detailed online overview of construction-related disputes, "having a strong legal advocate on your side can make all the difference."

OSHA Reporting Requirements: Always Evolving

Kentucky employers -- especially those with comparatively high rates of worker illnesses and injuries -- know that the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is anything but a passive, hands-off regulator. Kentucky operates its own OSHA-approved state plan, the Kentucky Occupational Safety and Health Program (KYOSH).

Employers in widely diverse industries deal routinely with OSHA mandates relevant to workplace safety, accident/injury reporting and related matters. OSHA officials establish and enforce standards, weigh in on compliance issues, set up training programs, conduct inspections and issue fines and other penalties.

At the heart of many employment disputes: wage-and-hour matters

All businesses face a challenging and often unforgiving regulatory environment. This is particularly true in the employment realm, where employer-employee relations are marked by complexity from the job-application stage right through to termination and, sometimes, even afterwards.


According to a December 19, 2017 Trade Release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, drug overdoses in the workplace continue to rise. Citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Census of 2016 Fatal Occupational Injuries reports, OSHA notes that "the number of overdoses on the job increase 32 percent in 2016, and the number of fatalities has increased by at 25 percent annually since 2012."

Georgia Company Faces $132,552.00 In Penalties For Trenching Hazards

Excavation is one of the most hazardous operations on a construction site. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a Georgia company, Dustcom Limited, Inc., for exposing its employees to trench cave-in hazards after OSHA inspectors saw the employees installing a water line in an unprotected trench. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $130,552.00.

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