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HTMLMSHA Steps Up Metal/Non-Metal Mine Enforcement and Focuses on Workplace Examinations as Winter Approaches
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 22, 2015
Citing an increase in the number of fatalities at non-coal mines and the coming of cooler weather, the Mine Safety and Health Administration has announced a stepped-up enforcement to combat hazards and fatality risks.

 

HTMLHouse Lawmakers Grill OSHA Administrator on Enforcement Issues
Tressi L. Cordaro; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 26, 2015, previously published on October 22, 2015
At a House subcommittee hearing on October 7, the head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Dr. David Michaels, faced a grilling from Republican lawmakers over recently issued guidance memoranda for agency inspectors and examples of allegedly over-the-top enforcement actions.

 

HTMLPittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act Effective 2016, Notices Available
Sheri L. Giger, Bethany Swaton Wagner; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 23, 2015, previously published on October 16, 2015
The Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (“Ordinance”) requires all employers of employees within the Pittsburgh city limits to provide paid sick leave to all full- and part-time employees. The Ordinance is effective January 11, 2016.

 

HTMLChange in Georgia’s First Offender Act Facilitating Employment to be Applied Retroactively
Emily S. Borna, Todd Van Dyke; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2015
Legislation overhauling Georgia’s probation system also affects Georgia’s First Offender Act (“GFOA”) (O.C.G.A. § 42-8-60 et seq.), which protects certain criminal defendants from being disqualified from consideration for employment based on their criminal record.

 

HTMLSurface Transportation Board Backs Railroad’s Denial of Service during Labor Dispute
Henry Chajet; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2015
The Surface Transportation Board (STB) has denied a petition by a Texas metal producer that, if approved, would have forced the Union Pacific Railroad Co. (UP) to restore rail service at the producer’s plant in the midst of an employee lockout. The STB is an economic and adjudicatory body...

 

HTMLComplex OSHA Inspections to Get More Attention under New ‘Enforcement Weighting System’
Bradford T. Hammock; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2015
The number of process safety management compliance inspections at oil refineries and chemical plants, as well as inspections involving workplace violence and ergonomics, are likely to increase under a new inspection strategy launched October 1 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

 

HTMLLawmakers Pledge Action to Curb Agency Guidance Documents
Nickole C. Winnett; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 7, 2015
Under an exception to the rulemaking process, federal agencies may use legally nonbinding guidance documents to interpret regulations. This has led some U.S. senators not only to issue a broad pledge to restrict the practice when such guidance becomes a rule enforceable against a regulated...

 

HTMLCity of St. Louis Raises Minimum Wage, Imposes Notice Requirement
Carrie L. Kinsella, Jessica L. Liss; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 14, 2015
Effective October 15, 2015, the minimum wage for employees working in St. Louis will increase to $8.25 per hour from the state minimum of $7.65 per hour pursuant to St. Louis City Ordinance 70078, which was passed on August 28, 2015.

 

HTMLState Limitations on Arbitration Agreements with Class Action Waivers Again before U.S. Supreme Court
James A. McKenna; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 9, 2015
The latest of a line of recent cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court has weighed the enforceability of class action waivers in arbitration agreements was before the Court on October 6, 2015, when the Supreme Court heard oral argument in DirecTV, Inc. v. Imburgia, et al., No. 14-462. These decisions...

 

HTMLClass Actions in the Balance: U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in ‘Pick-Off’ Case
Jeffrey W. Brecher; Jackson Lewis P.C.;
Legal Alert/Article
October 22, 2015, previously published on October 15, 2015
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, No. 14-857, a case that could significantly affect the viability of class action litigation, particularly wage and hour class actions, though the case pending before the Court arises under the Telephone Consumer...

 


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