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Transportation secretary Ray LaHood resigns

Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced today that he has submitted his resignation to President Obama after serving for four years. He said he would stay on the job until his successor is confirmed. In a statement, he referred to accomplishments during his tenure including a distracted driving initiative, a rule to combat pilot fatigue, […]

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OSHA reports violations at Hoover Dam plant

The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) found 50 alleged serious and eight repeat safety and health violations during a comprehensive investigation at the Hoover Dam Hydroelectric Power Plant located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, the agency announced in a press release. The U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation, which maintains and […]

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Workplace health promotion has potential to reduce annual medical costs 18%, study shows

Workplace health promotion programs have the potential to reduce average worker health costs by 18 percent, and even more for older workers, according to a study published in the January edition of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Jonathan Dugas, Ph.D., and colleagues with The Vitality Group, Chicago, combined data from two major studies […]

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Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis resigns

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis submitted her resignation to President Obama this week. Solis was confirmed to the post in February 2009. Under her direction, the Department of Labor has significantly stepped up its regulatory and enforcement activities, particularly in the areas of wage and hour, worker misclassification and whistleblower protection. According to her resignation […]

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Flu spreading across the U.S.

Influenza activity is high across most of the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Infection’s latest FluView report. The CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination for people who have not yet been vaccinated this season and antiviral treatment as early as possible for people who get sick and are at high […]

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