Solution to Workplace Injury of Immigrant Workers: Deportation

Immigrant workers do some of the most dangerous jobs in this country, and get hurt and killed most often.  Now Howard Berkes at NPR and Mike Grabell at Pro-Publica have broadcast a report on immigrant workers who are hurt on the job being denied workers compensation and deported from the country for felony workers comp…

Ohio Decides Injured Workers Deserve Workers Comp — Even if Undocumented

A proposal that would have blocked workers compensation benefits for undocumented workers injured on the job was defeated Wednesday in the Ohio state Senate. Last month, by a vote of 65-29, the Ohio House of Representatives passed H.B. 27, which included language giving “employers immunity for injuries suffered by undocumented immigrants except when the worker…

ICE Goes After Undocumented Worker Seeking Workers Compensation

Every worker has a right to a safe workplace — whether they’re documented or not. And workers in many states also have the right to receive workers comp if they’re injured — whether they’re documented or not. I wrote last week about a cruel bill making its way through the Ohio legislature that would prohibit undocumented…

Ohio Comp Bill Encourages Employers to Hire Undocumented Workers

I’m not sure that was their intention, but what could make hiring undocumented workers more attractive than passing a law that  “prohibits undocumented workers from receiving payments if injured on the job?” And that’s not all:  “It also gives employers immunity for injuries suffered by undocumented immigrants except when the worker can prove the employer…

Liberty Mutual to Close its Famed Research Institute

The country is about to lose a major player in safety and health research, and it couldn’t come at a worse time. We have heard from multiple sources that Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, the premier private sector researcher establishment in occupational safety and health, will abruptly close its doors within the next few weeks. Reading…

Short Stuff: News You Will Be Embarrassed Not to Know

Here’s the latest news that you can use to impress your friends and intimidate your enemies. Slashing and Burning: The New York Daily News warns of the effects of Trump’s budget cuts on workers and on OSHA, especially the Susan Harwood Program. And the article extensively quotes a former OSHA official. But there’s at least…