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House Republicans Release Tax “Blue Print”

In an effort to begin the conversation over comprehensive tax reform, House Republicans released a tax reform “blue print” three broad goals...

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House Committee Unanimously Approves Legislation Reauthorizing the Perkins Act

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Congress Holds Hearings on Overtime Rule

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Labor Riders Included in House Appropriations Bill

On July 7, 2016, the House Labor, Health, and Human Services; Education; and Related Agencies Subcommittee on Appropriations approved its funding bill for FY2017...

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Persuader Rule Implementation Delayed

Last week, the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas issued a ruling delaying the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) recent changes to the persuader rule...

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A Safe Job Site Is a Productive Job Site

A safe job site is a productive job site. Any injury on the job site not only eliminates the injured worker’s output, but it also affects other workers performance while they attend to the injured worker and the aftermath of the injury. Safety is not only an economical but also an emotional issue on any job site.

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Fingers - Mind Your Digits

Our hands and fingers are some of our greatest assets, which is why giving them the attention they deserve is important for a host of reasons. We use our hands and fingers to do many things on a daily basis. They pull wire, make terminations, steer vehicles, create wonderful works of art, shape and form metal and wood, and they make the impossible possible. Unfortunately, many know what it is like to not have these assets at their disposal and understand the challenges that presents.

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Use PPE in the Workplace and Keep Your "Eyes" on the Prize

The American workplace is a minefield of potential dangers, coming in all sizes and shapes – sparks, noise, chemicals, falling objects, sharp edges, just to name a few. The smart plan would be to encase workers in a protective bubble, but odds are that such an endeavor would severely hinder productivity. Still, procedures have to be instituted to safeguard employees and prevent workplace injuries, which can result in soaring workers’ compensation costs for employers.

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Developing Safety Champions

Normally when we think about our “safety leaders,” we think of people who have been selected to be the safety spokesperson to represent the company’s programs, policies, procedures, or goals. We then designate these people titles such as safety director, safety manager, or something similar that identifies them as the safety go-to person. In other instances, we expect other members of a company’s management team to be the safety leader, but usually safety becomes a side-bar to their normal duties.

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Arc Energy Reduction Considerations

Protecting workers from the hazards of electric shock has been understood for decades. Recently though, more attention has been given to the role electrical equipment can play in minimizing arc flash hazards. The energy exposure of an arc flash incident can be significantly reduced when attention is given to the type of equipment specified and where it is installed in an electrical system.

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