Private sector employers paid record $372.1 million to resolve workplace discrimination claims in FY 2013

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports it received a total of 93,727 private sector charges of discrimination in fiscal year 2013. It resolved 97,252 charges, nearly 14,000 less than in FY 2012. The decline in resolved cases is largely attributed to staffing and resource constraints the agency faced in FY 2013, including job […]

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Survey shows 9% of workers do not report injuries because they fear retaliation

Nine percent of Americans injured on the job did not report their injury to their employer because they were afraid they would suffer consequences such as being fired, not being promoted or being harassed, according to a newly released survey from, PRNewswire reported yesterday. Three percent of the 1,000 survey respondents said they suffered […]

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National Influenza Vaccination Week Dec. 8-14

Dec. 8 will mark the start of National Influenza Vaccination Week. This observance highlights the importance of annual influenza vaccination for anyone over 6 months old, particularly people in high-risk groups. Visit for educational materials, web tools and related Centers for Disease Control and Prevention activities. Additional information and resources for healthcare professionals are […]

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OSHA will solicit comments on proposed revisions to process safety management and three other standards

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced plans today to solicit public comments on potential revisions to its process safety management (PSM) standard. In addition, the agency will seek input on potential updates to standards on explosives and blasting agents, flammable liquids and spray finishing. OSHA will use feedback obtained through its request for information […]

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Public health group calls for OSHA standard on workplace injury, illness prevention programs

At its annual meeting in November, the American Public Health Association adopted 17 new policy statements, including one aimed at preventing workplace injury and illness. Citing an absence of federal requirements that employers enact illness and injury prevention programs, the policy calls on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to develop a standard to […]

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OSHA issues citation in connection with heat stress-related death on worker’s first day on the job

An electrical company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a serious safety violation in connection with the June 25 death of a 36-year-old worker who developed heat stroke his first day on the job. The worker was carrying heavy electrical conduit piping in non-shaded conditions when he collapsed while working […]

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