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HTMLMore Lessons From a Trade Association National Convention
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on March 20, 2015
Not every commentator links character, love of family, and a commitment to one’s family, nation and industry to business success, but I’m convinced that the connection exists as much now as in the supposedly less complicated “Old Days.” Certainly our values and view of the...

 

HTMLObservations From the AGC National Convention About Ethics, Safety and the NLRB
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on March 18, 2015
I’m writing this post while a band does a nice job with Beach Boys songs while my buddies here at the AGC National Convention in San Juan, are, to use the vernacular at the time, cutting a rug. And I’m typing. Not sure what that says about me, and yes, that was rhetorical, so spare me...

 

HTMLRecent Examples of Getting Sued By Employees
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
April 7, 2015, previously published on March 25, 2015
A recent Law 360 headline described a corporate senior counsel explained providing an erotic book with “playful and provocative” drawings to a fellow manager as an “innocent gift.” He had even written an inscription which read, “a taste of Dharma Bum to remind that the...

 

HTMLUnions Unleash Safety Attacks on Fast Food Restaurants
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 25, 2015, previously published on March 17, 2015
Yesterday was one of those occasions when I wish that my predictions had been inaccurate. I have speculated that the SEIU and other unions harassing fast food restaurants would eventually add mass OSHA complaints to their joint employer, discrimination, living wage, and other attacks. Yesterday,...

 

HTMLDo You Really Know How To Manage An OSHA Inspection?
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 19, 2015, previously published on March 2, 2015
Many articles on handling OSHA inspections provide the same basic guidelines and little explanation of why employers should take certain steps. You already know to take photos whenever the Compliance Officer (CO) takes shots and to take notes. But do you know why to take those photos and what to...

 

HTMLWe Should Not Be Dealing With Measles Concerns in 2015, But We Are.
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on February 4, 2015
Crazy as it seems, highly publicized Pandemic, Ebola and now Measles concerns are good for the U.S. Each time our short attention span is directed to the latest disease concern, we briefly recognize the seriousness of such concerns and improve national and individual capacity to respond. As a...

 

HTMLA Road Warrior’s Observations Part 2: Ergonomics and Process Engineering, Safety, Kaizen and Real Leadership.
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on February 13, 2015
As I finally flew home last week, I sat beside Jeff Smagacz, the owner of an engineering firm, RMG. Jeff explained that RMG spends 75% of its time analyzing manufacturing and distribution processes to make them faster, more efficient, require less employees ... and to lessen employee exposure to...

 

HTMLA Road Warrior’s Observations on Responsibility, Civility, Mentorship, and Being a Leader
Howard A. Mavity; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on February 8, 2015
I’m a conservative free market, individual rights oriented, gun owning, evangelical leaning person who grew up in the hills of North Georgia. I deal with the Federal and State government every day and I believe that private organizations can better handle many government tasks. Have I...

 

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.

 

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...

 


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