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- Report: New York City’s paid sick leave law had virtually no negative impact September 23, 2016Despite all the concern about shuttered businesses, fired employees and lost profits, a new report has found that New York City’s paid sick leave law was pretty much a “non-event” for most employers.
- My hot mail carrier, his boss’ air conditioned sedan September 21, 2016The temperature yesterday in Austin, TX was 97 and the heat index was 104. My USPS mail carrier was feeling the heat in more ways than one.
- Global supply chains still full of sweatshops September 21, 2016Global supply chains continue to be riddled with sweatshop factories where workers’ rights and their safety are put at risk daily. There are multiple sources of information that report on these conditions, but an easy way to keep on top the latest reports and company responses is the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre’s weekly updates.
- Polio cases in Nigeria are bad news for eradication effort September 19, 2016Last summer, Nigeria celebrated having gone a year without a case of polio. But then last month, two children in Nigeria were diagnosed with polio paralysis, in Borno state (in northeastern Nigeria) in areas liberated from Boko Haram militants.
- Study: Fracking chemicals linked to reproductive health abnormalities in mice September 17, 2016In a new study — the first of its kind — researchers fed water laced with fracking chemicals to pregnant mice and then examined their female offspring for signs of impaired fertility. They found negative effects at both high and low chemical concentrations, which raises red flags for human health as well.
- Not an “accident”: Emilio Dodd, 55, suffers fatal work-related injury in Lewisville, TX September 16, 2016This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on Tuesday, September 6, in Lewisville, TX
- Dangerous chemicals, dangerous technology – Industry’s persistent push to protect asbestos September 16, 2016Users of asbestos in the chlor-alkali industry do not want EPA to list asbestos as one of its priority chemicals. They claim it can be used safely. The industry's record of controlling hazards does not support their assertion.
- Occupational Health News Roundup September 14, 2016Oklahoma Supreme Court rules against state's opt-out workers' compensation law; asbestos removal companies accused of discriminatory hiring; new research finds New York City's paid sick leave law barely impacted businesses and hiring; and researchers predict that raising Colorado's minimum wage will pump millions into the local economy.
- US uninsurance rate continues to decline, but state actions threaten gains September 12, 2016New estimates from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics show the uninsurance rate has continued to decline -- but actions in some states threaten Medicaid expansion gains.
- Labor Day report: ‘The worker justice movement is on a winning streak’ September 9, 2016Earlier this week, we published our annual report, “The Year In U.S. Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2015 – Summer 2016,” chronicling the victories, setbacks and struggles taking place in the American workplace. But it was just about impossible to piece together a report like this without thinking about the strange — and often scary — election before […]
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