Judge greenlights class action suit, dismantles Uber’s employee classification arguments

The ride-hailing mobile app Uber is desperate to prove it’s nothing more than a technology platform that connects drivers and passengers. As long as it can classify its workers as independent contractors, it can sidestep a whole host of labor and wage laws. But a court ruling issued earlier this week could open the door to change all that.

By | 2018-01-14T15:37:49+00:00 September 4th, 2015|0 Comments

Massachusetts extends OSHA protections to state workers: It’s about ‘creating an infrastructure that supports health and safety’

Back in 1970 when the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration was established, local policymakers could choose whether or not to extend OSHA protections to state employees. Unfortunately, Massachusetts took a pass. But decades later — and after years of advocacy, organizing and research on the part of worker advocates — employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts can now look forward to safer and healthier workplaces.

By | 2018-01-14T18:03:26+00:00 June 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Injured workers testify before Illinois lawmakers on preserving the workers' comp system; OSHA fines DuPont for failing to prevent the deaths of four workers; journalists arrested in Qatar while trying to investigate migrant working conditions; and a new report finds that service members who report sexual assault are likely to face retaliation.

By | 2018-01-22T20:29:59+00:00 May 19th, 2015|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

The Department of Labor proposes a new rule to help miners with black lung disease; federal lawmakers introduce new hike to the minimum wage; worker safety outreach in Houston highlights the impact of new reporting rules; and a new museum is opening in honor of coal miners.

By | 2018-01-16T10:00:43+00:00 May 5th, 2015|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

OSHA releases new report on injury, inequality and workers' compensation; fast food sues to stop Seattle minimum wage increase; California lawmaker proposes fund for farmworker health; and federal employees can sue for late payments during the government shutdown.

By | 2018-01-16T14:59:41+00:00 March 10th, 2015|0 Comments

Local New Jersey officials integrate worker safety into restaurant inspections; collect new insights on occupational risks

Food safety is at the top of the list for local restaurant inspectors in Rockaway Township, New Jersey. Recently, however, inspectors tested out the feasibility of adding a new safety checkpoint to the menu — the safety of restaurant employees. The effort was a success and one that organizers hope will ultimately lead to safer working conditions for food service workers statewide.

By | 2018-01-14T16:12:47+00:00 January 16th, 2015|1 Comment

New York dairy farm workers organize for justice: ‘Law or no law, we are going to organize’

“Yes, you can use my name because it doesn’t matter. They have already done everything they can do to me.” Those are words from Eliceo, a former dairy farm worker in upstate New York. Earlier this year, Eliceo, 36, decided to speak up and share his story with local advocates who are tirelessly working to improve conditions on New York dairy farms and end persistent reports of workplace safety violations, preventable work-related injuries, wage theft, exploitation and in some cases, worker deaths.

By | 2018-01-16T15:01:28+00:00 October 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Occupational Health News Roundup

Latino workers face higher fatality rates on the job; health care workers in Spain blame inadequate protective gear for Ebola infection; California law aims to prevent violence in health care settings; and the Bureau of Labor Statistics releases the 10 deadliest occupations.

By | 2018-01-22T20:30:14+00:00 October 7th, 2014|0 Comments