Secretary Acosta Testifies Before House Approps Committee Tomorrow

Secretary of Labor Acosta testifies tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:00 AM about the President’s FY 2018 DOL budget proposal. I won’t be able to see it (poor planning), but maybe you can watch and let me know what happens. It should be interesting. The House, unlike the Senate, has not yet gotten a chance to question Acosta.…

Some Bad New (about NY Dairy Workers), But Also Good News: Read All About It in Short Stuff

Milking the Workers? Farm worker advocates have published a survey of mostly undocumented Hispanic workers that describes discrimination and workplace abuse experienced by workers on New York’s large dairy farms. Most of the workers are undocumented. The authors report that nearly half of the workers said they were bullied or intimidated by their bosses, and two-thirds said…

Trump Administration Continues to Attack Worker Protections

The New York Times takes another look at Obama administration worker protections that are being “revisited” in the early months of the Trump administration. Most of these stories — the Administration’s attempt to roll back the Beryllium rule’s coverage of construction and maritime industries, the delay in enforcement of the silica standard and proposed elimination…

New Jersey Workplace Violence Case: DOL & OSHA Cave In

Which statement below represents reality? This one? NOTICE TO EMPLOYEES OF BRMC WORKPLACE VIOLENCE PREVENTION PLAN May 22,2017 Bergen Regional Medical Center (BRMC) is proud to report that our Workplace Violence Prevention Plan (WPPP) has once again been found to be compliant, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has agreed in a settlement…

Death, Amputation and Interesting Times in Saipan

Not that you’d find it the homepage of its website, but OSHA issued a large press release earlier this week announcing $193,750 in proposed penalties against the China-owned Imperial Pacific Resort Casino in Saipan for “inadequate fall protection, unsecured scaffolding, unprotected crane operation areas, unguarded machines, and failure to notify OSHA about a work-related amputation.”   Citations were also…

Wolf to Pigs: Don’t worry. I’ve got your backs.

I swear, sometimes I don’t know if I’m reading facts or farce. Bloomberg BNA reports that the Labor Department — yes, the same Labor Department that has delayed implementation of OSHA’s electronic recordkeeping rule — is telling the court that unions should not be allowed to intervene in industry’s lawsuit because the Trump administration and…