iOS app Android app

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Workers Can 'Don and Doff' Off the Clock, Says Court

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.14.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

For workers in dangerous industries, safety should be non-negotiable. But the Supreme Court may have just given employers a little more leeway to put critical protections for workers on the table when bargaining over labor contracts.

America's Entitlement Society - Populated by Corporate Executives

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 03.22.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

In West Virginia after a cavalier chemical company poisoned the drinking water of 300,000 people, the corporate-hugging, right-wing extremist group Americans for the Prosperous congratulated itself for doling out bottled water one day.

Kate Sheppard

Federal Agencies Aim To Prevent The Next Deadly Chemical Plant Explosion

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Federal agencies on Friday released new proposals meant to address safety concerns at chemical plants across the country, a response to ...

Dave Jamieson

Safety Program That Lets Companies Police Themselves Has Huge Flaws

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The inspector general for the Labor Department says it has found flaws with a program that excuses U.S. businesses from certain safety i...

A New Day, A New Danger: Temp Workers Face Safety Hazards at Work

Michelle Chen | Posted 02.03.2014 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Rosa Ramirez, a 49-year-old Mexican immigrant and mother in Illinois, knew something was odd about the plastics factory where her temporary-labor agen...

Dave Jamieson

5 Years On, Walmart's STILL Fighting Fine Over Black Friday Death

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 11.21.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- Five years after a worker was killed in a crush of shoppers on Black Friday, Walmart still hasn't paid the $7,000 it was fined for alleg...

Labor Department Wants Safety Reports Made Public

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 11.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The Labor Department wants companies to begin filing all workplace injury and illness reports electronically so they...

It's Not Safe Out There

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

OSHA, the underfunded agency charged with enforcing the law, can't effectively shield either workers or whistleblowers. The agency is a soleless work boot -- fine on the surface but failing its purpose. As a result, it's not safe at work and not safe reporting dangers at work.

Dave Jamieson

Feeling Safe? Most Workplace Inspections To Cease In Shutdown

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If Congress fails to fund the federal government to avert a shutdown, most investigations into workplace safety and discrimination will ...

Dave Jamieson

How The White House 'Came To Its Senses' On Worker Safety

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After a long delay at the White House and heavy pressure from public health groups, the Labor Department proposed a new regulation on Fr...

Farmworkers Face Silent Spring in the Fields

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.01.2013 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Some lawmakers in Washington may be losing sleep in the coming weeks as they mull over proposed immigration reform legislation. But many migrant child...

Do-Nothing Congress Gives Inertia a Bad Name

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If you want to see why the public approval rating of Congress is down in the sub-arctic range all you have to do is take a quick look at how the House and Senate pay worship at the altar of corporations, banks and other special interests at the expense of public need.

Dave Jamieson

This Week's Forgotten Tragedy

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- The staggering death toll continues to rise -- not in Boston, but in the small town of West, Texas. Buried by the extraordinary devel...

How the Poultry Industry Is Grinding Up Workers' Health and Rights

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business
Michelle Chen

Bitter hardships are stowed far away from the millions of super-clean, ultra-cheap drumsticks that will end up on American dinner tables tonight. Countless consumers will enjoy their meals without any conception of how perfectly the poultry industry masks the true price of its brutal efficiency.

Lynne Peeples

Sandy Cleanup Workers: Could Illness, Litigation Lie Ahead?

HuffingtonPost.com | Lynne Peeples | Posted 01.09.2013 | Green

Greg Floyd recalled the burgeoning hazards when he first toured Sandy-damaged New York City public housing a couple days after the hurricane hit. "...

When Safety Becomes Voluntary: Workplace Self-Policing Program Under Scrutiny

Michelle Chen | Posted 10.13.2012 | Business
Michelle Chen

In a system that tends to make the law comply with corporations rather than the other way around, "voluntary protection" seems to do exactly what the phrase implies: to make workers' rights optional.

Is Your Small Business Exempt from OSHA?

Reuters | Posted 07.11.2012 | Small Business

The Occupational Safety and Health Act covers most businesses that have employees. It has specific rules and regulations but it also specifies a numbe...

Report: Complying With Regulations Doesn't Affect Companies' Bottom Line

AP | SAM HANANEL | Posted 07.17.2012 | Business

WASHINGTON — While businesses bemoan the cost of regulations, a new study suggests that government enforcement of workplace health and safety ru...

End the Delays Deadly to Workers

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 06.23.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Saturday is Workers' Memorial Day, a time devoted to commemorating those killed on the job. No one volunteers to sacrifice their life for corporate profit, yet every day in workplaces across this country, the lives of 12 workers are taken, not given.

Dying for Work

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.12.2012 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Every day, 12 workers die on the job in America -- often because a corporation has defied regulations or ignored standard safety procedures. Many more die prematurely from work exposure to toxic materials.

One Walmart Store May Pay Big For Workplace Safety Violations

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The U.S. Labor Department has recommended fining Wal-Mart Stores Inc. $365,500 after inspectors say they found 24 workplace safety ...

Dave Jamieson

Roofers Now At Forefront Of The Regulatory Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans claim the Obama administration is choking small business with burdensome workplace regulations. Democrats say the few new re...

Report: To Keep Their Jobs In PA Warehouse, Amazon Employees Work In Dizzying Heat

Posted 11.20.2011 | Business

Some workers at Amazon.com’s Allentown, Pennsylvania warehouse are reportedly willing to contend with working at a brutal pace in dizzying heat so l...

Death At Loro Parque: The Risks Of Killer Whale Entertainment

Tim Zimmermann | Posted 09.18.2011 | Green
Tim Zimmermann

Dawn Brancheau was the first SeaWorld trainer killed by a killer whale. But she wasn't the first trainer killed by a SeaWorld killer whale.

A Year on, BP Oil Still Mars Gulf Communities as Public Scrutiny Dries up

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.17.2011 | Green
Michelle Chen

The April 14 meeting proceeded efficiently, as scheduled, for BP shareholders. For the workers, environmentalists and community members rallying in protest, though, the day of reckoning had yet to arrive.