Workers’ Memorial Day remembers those who died on the job
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards. The announcement was made during a program at the department’s headquarters marking Workers’ Memorial Day – an annual observance to honor workers who have died on the job and renew a commitment to making work sites across the country safer.
OSHA today sent a memorandum to the agency’s regional administrators directing field inspectors to assess whether employers who use temporary workers are complying with their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Inspectors will use a newly created code in their information system to denote when temporary workers are exposed to safety and health violations. Additionally, they will assess whether temporary workers received required training in a language and vocabulary they could understand. The memo, which can be viewed at http://s.dol.gov/ZM, underscores the duty of employers to protect all workers from hazards.
Click here to read the OSHA Press Release
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Federal Agency Charges Staffing Company Stopped Giving Work to Employee Because He Filed EEOC Charge
ATLANTA – Hire Dynamics, LLC, a major staffing and professional recruitment company headquartered in Duluth, Ga., violated federal law by retaliating against an employee because he filed a discrimination charge, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.
According to the EEOC’s lawsuit, the employee was assigned to one of Hire Dynamics’ clients as a quality auditor. The employee was suspended for a week for missing one day of work, after which he
Click here for the full press release – http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/release/4-23-13.cfm
An article in the Los Angeles Times (4/9/13) looks at the changing nature of work in the United States, and the effects of the temp industry.
“A study by Susan Houseman, a labor economist at the W.E.Upjohn Institute, found that many employers who advertised positions as temp-to-perm (temporary jobs that would lead to permanent positions) actually didn’t hire individuals on a full-time basis. In many of these instances, there was no clear reason why the individual was not hired.”