On December 1, 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a new web page in an effort to assist healthcare providers in curtailing violence in their workplaces. The page offers links to excellent resources on establishing a prevention program; workplace analysis and hazard identification; hazard prevention and control; safety and health training; and recordkeeping and program evaluation. The web page also includes information about legal requirements in various states and other valuable information for healthcare providers.
The UMWA is calling for MSHA to conduct public hearings after accidents – which would represent a significant change in agency procedure. A stated reason for the call is that public hearings will provide MSHA with subpoena power from the outset of every investigation. By law, MSHA has subpoena power only when it conducts public
Defendants who try their hands at litigation on the merits and seek arbitration only after things don’t go their way, risk losing the right to arbitrate—as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals made clear in the recent case of Martin v. Yasuda . In the case, the court barred a beauty school and its president from arbitration after they took a series of actions the court held were inconsistent with the right to arbitrate.
The United States Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Antitrust Division and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) warned employers in a joint statement issued on April 13, 2020, that they are “on alert” and working together to monitor employer collusion that exploits the COVID-19 pandemic in order to engage in anticompetitive conduct or fraud. The agencies specifically called out essential businesses and employers of frontline employees, staffing companies (including medical travel and locum tenens agencies), and recruiters.