Former Oregon Labor Commission Dan Gardner originally sponsored the bill to “turn back the recent expansion of non-compete agreements against” hourly and non-management workers. Commissioner Gardner cited the use of such agreements with parking lot attendants, call center operators and home cleaning service workers as excessive.
“There is a dangerous expansion in (more…)
On September 22, 2008 the Employee Benefits Security Administration announced that employers in 29 Texas counties and 14 Louisiana parishes have until January 5 to file documents that are normally due between September 7, 2008 and January 4, 1009. These include Form 5500 and Form 5500 EZ annual reports and returns.
Many employers have questions or concerns regarding the most recent OSHA regulations. In an effort to allow business owners to air grievances, and take part in the process of formulating new regulations, the agency will hold hearings in October.
The U.S. Department of Labor recently designated October 20 through October 26, 2008 as national Drug-Free Work Week. The department has set aside this week to educate employers, employees and the public about the importance of being drug-free as an essential component of a safe, healthful workplace.
“Drug-Free Work Week is a good time to remind employers and employees that reducing workplace substance abuse is a crucial part of keeping workers safe,” said Elena Carr, drug policy coordinator at the Department of Labor. “Of course, in a safe and healthful workplace, every week should be drug free.”
More than 17.5 million adult workers in the US used illicit drugs in 2007, according to researchers at the University at Buffalo. An estimated 14.1% of working adults used illicit drugs. Even more seriously, (more…)
With 2 major hurricanes affecting the Gulf Coast in just 11 days, the US Department of Labor personnel is stretched thin, but responding to demands for assistance, thanks to volunteers from Alabama, Montana, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota and Utah.