Monthly Archives: July 2018

In safety news:

As a result of a U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division investigation, El Paso Mexican Grill restaurant will pay $654,366 in back wages to 567 employees.

In national news:

A federal judge has rejected a settlement deal put forth by McDonald’s Corporation that would have allowed the company to avoid joint employer status when franchise owners face labor law violations.

In regulatory news:

DCMWC has revised the procedures for providing pulmonary rehabilitation services at a health care facility to eligible coal miners whose benefits are paid by the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

In editorial news:

Risk & Insurance workers’ comp columnist Roberto Ceniceros’ latest piece addresses what he believes is a callous attitude toward undocumented workers.

In medical news:

New statement: the FDA is taking steps to strike a balance between combating opioid abuse and misuse by curbing overprescribing and still providing appropriate care for patients’ chronic and end-of-life pain.

In neighboring news:

Texas Mutual Insurance Co. announced that that two people pleaded no contest to a felony charge of engaging in organized criminal activity involving workers’ compensation healthcare fraud.

In economic news:

Real average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls were unchanged from June 2017 to June 2018, according to new Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers.

In safety news:

Through an alliance with OSHA, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) will host a free webinar on July 25th focusing on heat illness prevention.

In regulatory news:

The Department of Justice recently announced the finalization of an April proposal to improve the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to control the diversion of dangerous drugs in the midst of the national opioid crisis.