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Newly enacted Construction Industry Fair Play Act targets employee misclassification

September 2nd, 2010

New York Governor David A. Paterson signed into law the New York State Construction Industry Fair Play Act (Senate Bill 5847), which creates a clear litmus test to distinguish the difference between a worker and an independent contractor among construction industry workers. It also provides a method to clearly define which business on a construction [Read more...]

Amid economic woes, Americans still seriously concerned about work/life balance

September 2nd, 2010

Often overlooked amid talk about job figures and financial data, the issue of disrupted work/life balance is another way that the economic downturn has taken a toll on the American public, with families bearing the brunt of the suffering from this problem. With the economy experiencing its worst struggles since the Great Depression, it may [Read more...]

Workers rate safety most important workplace issue in new Labor Day study

September 1st, 2010

More than eight of ten workers (85 percent) rank workplace safety first in importance among labor standards, even ahead of family and maternity leave, minimum wage, paid sick days, overtime pay and the right to join a union, according to a new study from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.
Despite widespread [Read more...]

Interim final rules issued for handling retaliation complaints

September 1st, 2010

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration plans to issue three interim final rules detailing the proper handling of retaliation complaints under the whistleblower provisions of four separate acts. The interim rules, which will impact the retaliation provisions of the National Transit Systems Security Act, the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act [Read more...]

Group asks Ninth Circuit to reverse ruling on Arizona immigration bill and to enforce bill immediately

August 31st, 2010

Judicial Watch, a conservative judicial watchdog group, has filed a brief in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asking that court to reverse a preliminary injunction issued by a district court on July 28, 2010, that stayed enforcement of Arizona’s controversial immigration law and to allow all provisions of the law to [Read more...]