The U.S. Department of Labor announced that it has issued new opinion letters that address compliance issues related to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The letters pertain to the following:
- FMLA2019-1-A: Provides an opinion on the obligation to designate FMLA-qualifying leave and prohibition on expanding FMLA leave;
- FLSA2019-1: Clarifies FLSA wage and recordkeeping requirements for residential janitors and the “good faith” defense; and
- FLSA2019-2: Addresses FLSA compliance related to the compensability of time spent participating in an employer-sponsored community service program.
A new report from the National Safety Council indicates that the opioid crisis is touching the vast majority of employers in some way. According to the report, 75 percent of employers say the their workplaces have been impacted by opioid use. Only 17 percent of employers feel well-prepared to deal with the issue. Further, 38 percent have experienced absenteeism or impaired worker performance, while 31 percent have had an overdose, arrest, near-miss or injury because of employee opioid use. Read more here.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the start of what is expected to be the first state trial in lawsuits accusing the companies of fueling an opioid epidemic. The court instead set a March 20th hearing on whether to grant a 100-day postponement of the civil trial set to start May 28 in Cleveland County. A judge there had previously denied the request. Read more from Insurance Journal here.
- RIMS SLC luncheon | 3/20 | Mr. B’s | Register here.
- Louisiana Comp Blog presents: Comp in Focus March luncheon | 3/19 | Sullivan’s Steakhouse Baton Rouge | Info and registration here.
- Louisiana Comp Blog presents: Spotlight on Solutions tech symposium 2019 | 6/27 | House of Blues New Orleans | Info and registration here.
The National Employment Law Project (NELP) published a new report which shows that OSHA fatality investigations are on the rise under the Trump administration. NELP reports:
Workplace fatality investigations are at decade-high levels under the Trump administration, at the same time that worksite safety enforcement by the administration’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is steadily declining. The data also revealed that OSHA now has the lowest number of health and safety inspectors in the agency’s 48-year history.
Read more here.
National Safety Council recently announced its analysis which indicates that women are disproportionately impacted by certain safety issues, most notably nonfatal workplace violence. Females account for 70% of all assault-related injuries involving days away from work. The number of women who incurred assault-related injuries at work in 2017 was 12,820 – a 60 percent increase since 2011. By contrast, 5,530 men sustained assault-related injuries at work in 2017. Read more here.