Health and safety

Information on health and safety in the workplace including employers’ duties and obligations.

USA :: Health and Safety – retaliation (Indiana)

An employee may not be discriminated against or discharged in retaliation for filing a complaint, participating in an inspection, instituting a proceeding, testifying in a proceeding, or exercising a right (either on behalf of themselves or others) under Indiana’s Occupational Health and Safety Law [IC 22-8-1 …

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USA :: Gun safety

Although the second amendment of the US Constitution allows people to own and carry firearms (with some limitations) American employers are generally allowed to limit the carrying of arms on company premises …

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USA :: Health insurance disclosure (Mass)

With effect from 2018, employers in Massachusetts with 6 or more employees must submit by 30th of November each year an annual Health Insurance Responsibility Disclosure (“HIRD”) form, regardless of whether or not they offer health insurance to their employees …

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USA :: Safety travelling abroad

Although the issue of vicarious liability applies to many employee-related actions in the USA, there is no federal or state regulation protecting the health and safety of employees when they are travelling or working abroad …

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USA :: Long-term disability claims

Employers could face significant liability if they deny of long-term disability claims under ERISA-covered plans, either through enforcement actions and penalty assessments implemented by the Department of Labor or throught lawsuits …

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USA :: Teleworking and enforced home isolation/caring

Those who work from home, or an alternative workspace close to their home, are still subject to health and safety requirements and their employer must keep records of hours worked and any accdents that take place …

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USA :: Reasonable Accommodations – Pregnancy

A number of US states require employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant women (and those who have recently given birth)  in the workplace …

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USA :: Safety and Health

Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act both permits and encourages individual States to adopt their own occupational safety and health plans …

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USA :: Health and safety inspections

Health and Safety Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 may be viewed here …

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USA :: Cannabis in the workplace

Employers across the USA continue to struggle with the rights and obligations dilemma about whether and how much they can control the use of marijuana in the workplace …

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USA :: Smoking at Work

There is no federal law restricting employees from smoking at work …

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USA :: Medical examinations

Employers in America have a duty of care for their employees, but in practice the law makes it virtually impossible to meet this responsibility in full …

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USA :: Alcohol and drug testing

The National Minimum Drinking Age Act (1984) set the minimum drinking age in the USA to 21 …

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