New Slip, Trip, Fall Prevention Rules for General Industry – copy

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Federal OSHA implemented a new rule on Jan. 17 that is aimed at reducing slip, trip and fall hazards in the workplace. The revisions are aimed at tackling one of the main causes of worker deaths and injuries in American workplaces by applying rules designed for the construction and manufacturing sectors to other general industries. They add requirements for personal fall protection systems and eliminate existing mandates to use guardrails as a primary fall protection method. They also allow employers to choose from accepted fall protection systems which type they want to use. The new standard will prevent some 30…
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OSHA Sets Limits on Drug Testing Injured Workers

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Employers are not allowed to have a blanket policy of requiring drug and alcohol tests after a workplace injury as it may discourage injury reporting, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has said in an interpretation letter. It issued the letter in response to a company’s blanket policy after some intoxicated workers had been injured on the job, and it comes as a new OSHA regulation on post-injury testing is slated to take effect at the start of 2017. These recent actions should spur any employer with a policy of testing its workers post-accident to revisit its rules so…
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Top 10 Laws, Regulations Affecting You in 2016 (Part 2)

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This is part 2 of our blog on new laws and regulations that can affect your business in 2016. Family leave expanded a little A school activities law has expanded the right of employees to take protected time off from work when searching for a school or childcare provider. The law, which applies to employers with 25 or more employees, requires employers to allow an employee to use eight hours in a calendar month, with a total of 40 hours in a calendar year, to find a school or a licensed childcare provider and to enroll or re-enroll a child,…
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