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The voices of those experiencing sexual harassment grow louder as employees continue to speak out about their personal experiences. With the power that comes from numbers and national awareness of this issue, employers should seize the opportunity by taking proactive steps that help foster a workplace environment that is free of sexual harassment and other misconduct.
12/7/2017
On November 7, 2017, the House of Representatives voted to pass the “Save Local Business Act” (H.R. 3441). The Save Local Business Act was introduced by Representative Bradley Byrne (R-AL) and is a direct counter to the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial landmark 2015 ruling in Browning-Ferris Industries, which greatly expanded joint employer liability for businesses.
11/20/2017
In just a matter of days, on December 1, 2017, several amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (the “Rules”) will go into effect, significantly altering the way creditors handle consumer-bankruptcy cases.
11/20/2017
The lack of flood insurance policies in the areas affected by the floods in Louisiana in August 2016 and those in the Houston area in 2017 has spurred much discussion about National Flood Insurance Program requirements for homeowners. With the NFIP set to expire this December, a case recently filed in Houston could add an interesting element to the debate in Congress over whether and how to address the program’s financial challenges.
11/7/2017
Early this morning, the Trump administration approved a federal waiver of the Jones Act for 10 days. The waiver covers products to be shipped from U.S. coastwise points to Puerto Rico. There is already discussion that the waiver will be extended by the administration for more than 10 days, and the action has given a platform to traditional anti-Jones Act voices, like Sen. John McCain, to now call for a full repeal of the Jones Act.
9/28/2017
The AIA-A201 requires that contractors take reasonable precautions to prevent damage, injury, or loss to work, materials and equipment. It also requires contractors to comply with laws and ordinances concerning safety. When hurricanes threaten, equipment must be secured and materials should be removed from the project site whenever possible. The costs of demobilization and remobilizing can be significant. Moreover, progress along the critical path may cease temporarily.
9/8/2017
On May 19, 2017, we alerted our readers to the fact that OSHA had proposed a delay for implementation of the electronic submission of injury and illness data, moving the dates of compliance from July 1, 2017, to October 1, 2017. OSHA has extended the date of implementation again.
6/30/2017
OSHA recently announced that it intends to extend the deadline for employers to electronically report their employee injury and illness records. The rule currently requires most employers with ten or more employees to electronically report injury and illness records on or before July 1, 2017. OSHA has yet to develop the website to facilitate this reporting and has yet to indicate what the new deadline will be.
5/19/2017
President Trump has signed a resolution reversing an Obama Administration rule that strengthened OSHA’s enforcement powers with regard to employee illness and injury records. OSHA requires that employers maintain records concerning a host of issues related to health and safety of their employees, including medical records, training records, and accident and injury statistics.
4/4/2017
Healthcare fraud and abuse claims under the False Claims Act are on the rise, with the United States Department of Justice boasting that it recovered $2.5 billion in settlements and judgments in healthcare fraud investigations, prosecutions and civil litigations in 2016.
3/30/2017
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