Occupational Health News Roundup

Congressional lawmakers propose protections for undocumented farmworkers; the Trump administration takes aim at workplace civil rights enforcement; federal legislation would provide benefits for gig economy workers; and poultry workers get nearly $600,000 in back wages.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:39+00:00 May 30th, 2017|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

A historical look at the 'radium girls' and their legacy of worker justice; OSHA's website for receiving injury and illness logs not accepting submissions; California farmworkers sickened by pesticide after Trump's EPA reverses course on a probable ban; and former Walmart employees file class-action lawsuit for pregnancy discrimination.

By | 2018-01-16T14:56:42+00:00 May 16th, 2017|0 Comments

A well-known secret: The “reverse business case” threatens worker health and safety

Accounting professors have confirmed what we always suspected: companies which are scrambling to meet or just beat Wall Street analysts’ profit projections have worker injury rates that are 12% higher than other employers.  The recent research indicates that frantic efforts by “benchmark-beating” employers – increasing employees’ workloads or pressuring them to work faster, at the same time that these employers cut safety spending on activities like maintaining equipment or training employees, to meet the profit projections – are the likely source of increased injuries and illnesses.

By | 2017-05-11T17:03:28+00:00 May 11th, 2017|2 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Investigation reveals how Case Farms poultry plants exploit immigrant workers; Chinese workers who make Ivanka Trump's clothing line are overworked and underpaid; California lawmakers consider bill to protect salon workers from harmful chemicals; and Trump's budget would slash funds for combating child and forced labor overseas.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:44+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|3 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Immigrant workers who get injured at work now fearful about accessing workers' comp; women ironworkers win six months of paid maternity leave; many home health workers still going without health insurance coverage; and a health care union declares itself a sanctuary for immigrants.

By | 2018-01-22T20:29:32+00:00 April 18th, 2017|1 Comment

County Health Rankings: Drug overdoses driving turnaround in premature death rates

To get a clearer sense of just how bad our drug overdose problem has gotten, look no further than this year’s County Health Rankings. The annual report found that after years of declining premature deaths, that rate is on the rise and due primarily to overdose deaths. It means we could be seeing the first generation of American kids with shorter life expectancies than their parents.

By | 2018-01-14T16:39:11+00:00 April 12th, 2017|1 Comment

Occupational Health News Roundup

Federal contractors receive billions in public funds despite wage violations; Alabama's auto industry putting workers' lives in danger; OSHA delays life-saving silica standard; and Maryland and Nevada legislators approve paid sick leave measures.

By | 2018-01-22T21:08:45+00:00 April 8th, 2017|0 Comments