On June 4, 2015, a bill (A4494) was introduced to protect nail salon employees from wage and hour violations and health and safety hazards. If passed, the bill would require nail salon owners to provide personal protective equipment to salon employees, to secure a bond to cover any unpaid wages owed to employees, and to display a poster setting forth employees’ rights under the law. The bill would also prohibit retaliation, provide a private right of action for aggrieved employees, and impose damages (including revocation of the owner’s license). On August 10, 2015, a related bill (S3123) was introduced by the Senate calling for similar personal protection and posting requirements for nail salons.
In Carrion v. Agfa Construction, Inc., the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently reaffirmed its prior interpretation that there is no private right of action under the Davis-Bacon Act (DBA) to recover prevailing wage or fringe benefit rates. The court refused to overturn its 2003 decision in Grochowski v. Phoenix…..
On October 19, 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued Interim Enforcement Guidance for enforcing the Respirable Crystalline Silica in Construction Standard, 29 CFR 1926.1153. OSHA began enforcing the Silica in Construction Standard on September 23, but announced a 30-day “grace period” for construction employers making good faith attempts to comply with the new standard.
Organized labor has a new target in sight – the healthcare industry – and it has begun using creative ways to make an initial contact and to identify individuals who might be receptive to the union’s message. Contacts have focused on social activism, legislative efforts, and improving the quality of patient care, although these issues may not be the union’s true organizing objective.