OSHA is implementing nationally an inspection emphasis program for workplaces with highly hazardous chemicals in quantities covered by the Process Safety Management (PSM) standard. This program is an outgrowth of a limited pilot program initiated in 2009. Employers covered by the PSM standard are subject to an increased chance of inspection. OSHA’s express goal is to increase employer attention to employee safety in relation to highly hazardous chemicals.
Since 1995, contingency fee enhancements have been available to successful plaintiffs in NJLAD cases pursuant to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Rendine v. Pantzer, 141 N.J. 292, 335 (1995). However, the U.S. Supreme Court has since held that contingency fee enhancements are reserved only for “extraordinary circumstances.”
I Think My Company Is a Federal Contractor and Has Regulatory Obligations—But Where Can I Look to Search for That Information?
Doing business with the United States federal government can be very lucrative, but it comes with a price. That price arrives in the form of reporting obligations, recordkeeping, outreach, and much more. Failure to comply with all applicable regulatory requirements can also have steep consequences, so it is very important for federal contractors to ensure they are doing all that is required.
A federal appellate court recently dismissed a lawsuit brought by an employee who was working at her husband’s lawn-mowing business while on intermittent medical leave from her employer. According to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the employer did not violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by terminating the employee because it had an “honest suspicion” that she was misusing her FMLA leave.