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HTMLRecent OSHA Focus on Beer, Wine and Spirits Distributors
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 28, 2015
This is the first post of a several part series which will deal with OSHA concerns for distributors, including OSHA ergonomic citation efforts. The distributor’s biggest OSHA compliance challenges are routine items. Once the distributor is cited for one of these common violations, this...

 

HTMLIs Union Free The Proper Goal for Your Culture?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 12, 2014
This week’s NLRB Purple Communications decision about employee emails combine with today’s announcement by the NLRB of the so-called “quickie elections” process (Blog Post), is going to stir up employers. You should expect a bevy of marketing communications trying to sell...

 

HTMLSoutheastern Auto Industry In OSHA's Sights?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014
Southeastern auto parts manufacturers need to stay on their toes. OSHA Region IV just announced $68,000 in citations against an Alabama metal stamping company that supplies oil pans, covers and parts for the auto industry. OSHA’s official press release emphasizes that the inspection was...

 

HTMLAuto Dealers Will Soon Have to Maintain OSHA 300 Forms
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on November 17, 2014
Come January 1, 2015, OSHA’s newly announced Recordkeeping changes will cause the most problems for manufacturers because the amputation reporting requirements will trigger more OSHA inspections, but the LARGEST group affected will be auto dealers. Traditionally retail new and used car...

 

HTML2015 Employer Policy and Procedure Review - Confidentiality, Civility, and Other Rules - Part One
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 19, 2015
The NLRB has widely attacked employer policies and rules and ordered employees reinstated on the grounds that the rules somehow chilled or prohibited Employee section 7 Rights. So what are Section 7 Rights?

 

HTML2015 Policy Review and Revision: Employer Email
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 19, 2015
We’re going to comment on the numerous policies and rules which must be revised because of the NLRB’s many changes last year; especially during December 2014. Today, we’ll briefly discuss email.

 

HTMLThe Biggest Loser Program? A Wellness Strategy That Works!
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on November 24, 2014
We are again running a Biggest Loser Contest among our 31 offices and will award prizes, beginning at $1,000, to individuals who lose the most weight. I do not watch reality shows and am generally cynical about such programs. However, I am happily eating my own words. Employees are having fun with...

 

HTMLDon’t tell Me That It Couldn’t Happen at Your Workplace
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 27, 2015
One of my recurrent themes is that an employer should never assume that its managers and employees will not act foolishly and exercise bad judgment. Poor judgment results in experienced craft workers skipping a step and getting killed. Poor judgment results in employees or managers engaging in sex...

 

HTMLHonesty Never Goes Out of Style
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on December 28, 2014
I didn't think so. The referenced case reminds us that an employer is unlikely to go to jail for even a fatality associated with willful OSHA violations but lying to the Feds, fabricating evidence and asking employees to lie for you will land you in jail ... and rightly so.

 

HTMLDon’t Get Sued Over Your HR and Safety Policies
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
February 27, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015
I have written several recent posts and spoken on the NLRB’s wholesale attack on a wide range of employer policies and procedures. However, I want to step back and discuss broader issues relating to Safety and HR policies, including employee handbooks, employee agreements, and “safety...

 


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