December 2017 Archives

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).

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.

OSHA TRADE RELEASE: INCREASE IN WORKPLACE DRUG OVERDOSES CONTINUES

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.
https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/osha/osha20171212

Attorney Noelle Holladay True presents on how to be prepared for regulatory inspections

Noelle Holladay True spoke at the Kentucky Blasting Conference in Lexington, Kentucky on Friday, December 8, 2017. Noelle gave a presentation to blasters, and their employers, on how to be prepared for regulatory inspections by MSHA and OSHA, and what to expect during an investigation by these agencies. Her presentation included pointers on training, examinations, and record keeping, as well as an explanation of contest procedures and individual rights. 

Worker Misclassification: Employees vs. Contractors

There are many points of focus for business owners and managers in all industries. When we note on our employer-focused website at Rajkovich Williams Kilpatrick & True in Lexington that we routinely handle employment matters "from pre-hire through termination and all issues in between," we are signaling a broad universe of considerations.

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