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New OSHA-Proposed Rule Aims to Reduce Employee Deaths and Injuries from Falls

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently announced revisions to its walking-working surfaces and personal protective equipment standards to reduce employees’ workplace falls that could result in injuries and deaths. OSHA claims the new rule will be more logical and make compliance more flexible. It also aims to increases consistency between construction, maritime and general industry standards, and eliminates duplication. Since the specifics of this rule (essentially replacing 1990 proposed rules to revise subparts D and I) are quite complex, employers that...

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U.S. Labor Department to Require Employer Compliance Plans for Wage, Job Safety and Equal Employment Laws

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Case Involving Employees’ Expectation of Privacy Using Personal Communication Devices During Work Hours

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New Federal HIRE Act May Not Increase Employment

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When the federal Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment Act (HIRE) became law, its purpose was to provide tax incentives to employers to hire more of the high number of unemployed. Employers (including nonprofit organizations) will be exempt from paying their share of Social Security taxes on wages paid from March 19 through Dec. 31 for new employees hired after Feb. 3, 2010. An important fine-print point is that, to qualify, those new hires must have worked 40 hours or less during the 60 days prior to their hire date. Employers also receive a $1,000 credit on their business income tax...

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New Unemployment Benefits Report Sparks Controversy

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2009 Labor Report Reveals Employee Compensation Costs

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