Chapter Corner

Joseph Dreesen

What OSHA Has in Store for the Construction Industry

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has been focused on enforcement, as have other federal workplace agencies. OSHA forecasts that it will inspect almost 38,000 workplaces in 2014. OSHA’s plans for the construction industry include these compliance initiatives.

Ready for the Regulators? Training Your Managers and Employees

With increased enforcement by a myriad of state and federal agencies, such as the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), do your managers and employees have the know- how to ensure your company’s compliance with workplace rules and regulations? What follows are some short scenarios to illustrate some of the issues that arise in the workplace, as well as a short primer on some of the training you should provide to your workforce. Providing training will ensure the company is better prepared to defend employment-based charges or claims and have a well-trained, smarter and, in the end, more productive workforce.

The Dollars and Cents of Employees Texting While Driving

In 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation recommended a total ban on texting by commercial motor vehicle drivers while driving, and the Department of Labor launched an educational campaign aimed at encouraging employers to prohibit texting while driving. That same year, more than 3,000 people were killed in distraction-related vehicular crashes and an estimated 416,000 drivers and passengers were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. More recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) stated, “Employers who require their employees to text while driving – or who organize work so that doing so is a practical necessity even if not a formal requirement – violate the Occupational Safety and Health Act.”