overtime pay https://www.scienceblogs.com/ en Occupational Health News Roundup https://www.scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2017/05/30/occupational-health-news-roundup-247 <span>Occupational Health News Roundup</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At <a href="https://www.eater.com/2017/5/23/15681840/blue-card-farmworkers-legal-citizenship-proposal" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eater</a>, Elizabeth Grossman reports that Democratic lawmakers have introduced legislation that would protect undocumented agricultural workers from deportation and provide them and their families with a path to long-term residence and citizenship.</p> <p>The bill proposes that farmworkers who can prove at least 100 days of agricultural work in the last two years could apply for a “blue card” that grants temporary residency and the ability to work. Farmworkers with a blue card and who work for 100 days a year for five years or 150 days a year for three years would then be eligible for a green card or permanent legal resident status. The spouses and children of blue-card holders would also be eligible for the program. Grossman writes that the proposal has the support of both workers and employers. She writes:</p> <blockquote><p>Undocumented farmworkers are the backbone of the United States’ agriculture industry, a situation that has long posed numerous challenges for these workers, their families, and employers. But the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies and aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) action — which has detained farm workers in New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere — has created a climate of fear among workers. And that’s already resulting in labor shortages that are prompting some growers to curtail harvest plans.</p> <p>On call with reporters, Monterey Mushrooms president and owner Shah Kazemi confirmed the labor situation. “We’re currently short hundreds of workers,” he said. “We have been forced to cut back our production because people are not showing up to work out of fear. “If we don’t have a way to fix our broken immigration system, I don’t think agriculture can survive in this country,” said Kazemi.</p></blockquote> <p>Continue reading at <a href="https://www.eater.com/2017/5/23/15681840/blue-card-farmworkers-legal-citizenship-proposal" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Eater</a>.</p> <p>In other news:</p> <p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-administration-plans-to-minimize-civil-rights-efforts-in-agencies/2017/05/29/922fc1b2-39a7-11e7-a058-ddbb23c75d82_story.html?utm_term=.2fd1e81f75b0" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Washington Post</em></a>: Juliet Eilperin, Emma Brown and Darryl Fears report that the Trump administration is planning to gut the U.S. Department of Labor division that ensures federal contractors abide by nondiscrimination laws as “part of wider efforts to rein in government programs that promote civil rights.” In particular, the plan would fold the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs into the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), even though the two units have very different roles. The reporters writes: “Unlike the EEOC, which investigates complaints it receives, the compliance office audits contractors in a more systematic fashion and verifies that they ‘take affirmative action’ to promote equal opportunity among their employees. Patricia A. Shiu, who led the compliance office from 2009 to 2016, said the audits are crucial because most workers don’t know they have grounds to file a complaint. ‘Most people do not know why they don’t get hired. Most people do not know why they do not get paid the same as somebody else,’ she said.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.denverpost.com/2017/05/26/hickenlooper-mead-oil-tank-explosion/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Denver Post</em></a>: In the wake of an oil tank explosion that killed one worker and injured three others, Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he will “take any necessary action to ensure this doesn’t happen again.” John Ingold reports that state oil and gas regulators have asked oil company Anadarko to conduct a “root cause” analysis of the explosion — a request that state regulators rarely make. OSHA says it’s investigating the explosion. Anadarko already faces lawsuits related to a different explosion earlier this year. That explosion was the result of gas seeping from a cut underground flowline, killing two people and seriously injuring another. Ingold writes: “At least 51 other workers have died in the state’s oil and gas fields since 2003, <a href="http://extras.denverpost.com/oil-gas-deaths/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a Denver Post investigation</a> last year found. When those deaths occur, an interlocking set of laws and regulations often keep companies from facing severe penalties, the Post found.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolineodonovan/a-senator-just-introduced-the-first-ever-national-gig?utm_term=.vea8rGWPO#.tvrOpVjY5" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">BuzzFeed News</a>: Caroline O’Donovan reports that Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., has introduced the first piece of federal legislation addressing the lack of benefits for on-demand workers. More specifically, the bill would create a $20 million fund that organizations could use to build portable benefits programs — benefits that independent contractors could ideally bring with them from gig to gig. The article notes that some states have proposed similar legislation. For example, Washington state lawmakers are considering a bill that would require on-demand employers contribute a certain percentage of profits toward a benefits fund. O’Donovan writes: “Warner, who estimates that currently a third of the US workforce falls outside traditional employment and predicts that figure will increase to 50% by 2020, said his goal is to get people to break out of the ‘mindset that...the only way you got benefits was if you're a full-time, permanent employee.’”</p> <p><a href="http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article153380449.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"><em>Charlotte Observer</em></a>: In some good news for workers, Joe Marusak reports that North Carolina’s Unicon Inc. has paid nearly $600,000 in back wages and an equal amount in damages to more than 800 workers who round up and transport chickens to poultry processors. The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division had previously found the company violated federal overtime and record-keeping rules, automatically deducting pay for lunch breaks that workers didn’t actually take and failing to pay workers for the prep and cleanup involved in rounding up chickens. Marusak reported that Mark Watson, a regional administrator with the Wage and Hour Division, said: “This agreement goes a long way to ensure that Unicon’s workers are made whole by providing the wages they earned. It also levels the playing field for other employers in this industry.”</p> <p><em>Kim Krisberg is a freelance public health writer living in Austin, Texas, and has been writing about public health for 15 years. Follow me on Twitter — <a href="https://twitter.com/kkrisberg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@kkrisberg</a>.</em></p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/kkrisberg" lang="" about="/author/kkrisberg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kkrisberg</a></span> <span>Tue, 05/30/2017 - 15:46</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/agriculture" hreflang="en">agriculture</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/department-labor" hreflang="en">department of labor</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/farm-workers" hreflang="en">farm workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/government" hreflang="en">government</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/labor-rights" hreflang="en">labor rights</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/legal" hreflang="en">Legal</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/low-wage-work" hreflang="en">low-wage work</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occup-health-news-roundup" hreflang="en">Occup Health News Roundup</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-health-safety" hreflang="en">Occupational Health &amp; Safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/osha" hreflang="en">OSHA</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/public-health-general" hreflang="en">Public Health - General</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/safety" hreflang="en">safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/farmworkers" hreflang="en">farmworkers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/federal-contractors" hreflang="en">federal contractors</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/gig-economy" hreflang="en">gig economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/independent-contractors" hreflang="en">independent contractors</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/low-wage-workers" hreflang="en">low-wage workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-health" hreflang="en">Occupational health</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-safety" hreflang="en">occupational safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/oil-and-gas" hreflang="en">oil and gas</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/overtime-pay" hreflang="en">overtime pay</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/poultry-workers" hreflang="en">poultry workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/public-health" hreflang="en">public health</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/undocumented-workers" hreflang="en">undocumented workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/wage-theft" hreflang="en">wage theft</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/worker-fatality" hreflang="en">worker fatality</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/worker-safety" hreflang="en">worker safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/workplace-discrimination" hreflang="en">workplace discrimination</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/workplace-safety" hreflang="en">Workplace Safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/agriculture" hreflang="en">agriculture</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/labor-rights" hreflang="en">labor rights</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/low-wage-work" hreflang="en">low-wage work</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/safety" hreflang="en">safety</a></div> </div> </div> <section> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/thepumphandle/2017/05/30/occupational-health-news-roundup-247%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Tue, 30 May 2017 19:46:49 +0000 kkrisberg 62860 at https://www.scienceblogs.com Occupational Health News Roundup https://www.scienceblogs.com/thepumphandle/2016/11/23/occupational-health-news-roundup-234 <span>Occupational Health News Roundup</span> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>At <a href="http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19665/will_workplace_safety_survive_a_trump_presidency" target="_blank"><em>In These Times</em></a>, Elizabeth Grossman writes about whether workplace safety will survive a Trump presidency, noting that “Trump’s transition team has said he will introduce a moratorium on new regulations and cancel executive orders and regulations ‘that kill jobs and bloat government.’” In interviewing labor, health and safety advocates, Grossman writes that a number of federal protections could land on the chopping block, including the new overtime rule, proposed beryllium rule and fall protections. Grossman writes:</p> <blockquote><p>How does Trump’s promise to reduce and eliminate regulations square with creating good, living-wage jobs? How will his presidency affect workplace health and safety? What will happen to the gains made during the Obama administration?</p> <p>“Obviously the landscape has shifted dramatically and the position that we’re in and the challenges that we’re going to be facing are monumental. I don’t think there’s any question about that,” said Peg Seminario, safety and health director at the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO).</p> <p>She expects the Trump administration “will use the full range of its executive authority to reverse, weaken or appeal any of the major rules that have come out of the agencies.” That said, while an incoming administration can simply undo executive orders and indefinitely delay rules not yet in effect, existing rules and laws must be changed through the same processes that created them. Still, Seminario expects Congress will try to use the Congressional Review Act. This law, which has only been used once in 20 years, can be used to stop regulations the previous administration issued after May 30.</p></blockquote> <p>Read the full story <a href="http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/19665/will_workplace_safety_survive_a_trump_presidency" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>In other news:</p> <p><a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/11/waitress/507842/" target="_blank"><em>Atlantic Monthly</em></a>: Adrienne Green interviews Marie Billiel, who’s worked in the restaurant industry for 10 years, on the “emotional labor of waitressing.” Billiel was recently promoted to manager at a café in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and spoke with Green about the challenges of unpredictable income and dealing with sexual harassment on the job. On the issues of wages, Billiel told Green: “It is possible to make really good money as a server; I've done it. The issue is that it's completely inconsistent. While you might have a great night and make $200, the next night you might make $30. It's nearly impossible to plan for anything.” On sexual harassment, she said: “It's not easy. I'm very fortunate that I now work at a place that takes it a lot more seriously than places I've worked in the past. I'm grateful that I'm in a position now where I have more power in the situations than I did as a waitress. At the diner I worked at in Amherst, it was just a barrage of comments, of unwanted touching, and I got shut in a walk-in cooler more than once.” The interview is part of a <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/category/working/" target="_blank">larger series</a> of interviews with American workers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/11/22/donald_trump_merrick_garland_and_las_vegas_a_tale_of_unionization.html" target="_blank">Slate</a>: Henry Grabar reports on the 500 hotel workers at the Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas who voted earlier this year to join the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, noting that the company that runs the hotel and is co-owned by the now president-elect has been blocking the workers’ will on every front. The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that the hotel must recognize the union vote, and Trump has appealed that ruling in court. The conflict of interest seems brazenly clear, as Trump will soon have the power to appoint NLRB members. Grabar writes: “Trump will soon have the power to fill the two vacant spots on the five-person NLRB, shifting the board’s composition to a Republican majority. He will later have the opportunity to appoint the board’s general counsel, who decides what cases come before the board. Those officials would then be in the position to rule on future disputes between the union and management at his hotel.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/obama-overtime-rule-injunction_us_5834db63e4b01ba68ac387ba" target="_blank">Huffington Post</a>: Dave Jamieson reports that a federal judge has blocked President Obama’s overtime rule, which was set to go into effect next week and expected to benefit about 4 million workers. The groups that sued to stop the rule argued that federal labor officials reached beyond their authority. The court ruling delays the rule’s effect until the case makes it way through the courts. Jamieson writes that “it would be difficult politically for Trump to effectively revoke overtime rights from millions of workers, particularly after campaigning as a champion of the working class. But it would be easier for him to do so if the rule never goes into effect in the first place.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.revealnews.org/blog/labor-union-sets-its-sights-on-organizing-pot-workers/" target="_blank">Reveal</a>: Shoshana Walter reports that in the wake of California’s vote to legalize recreational marijuana, one of the state’s largest labor unions — United Food and Commercial Workers — is pushing state officials to require health and safety training for marijuana workers. The push also comes in response to a Reveal <a href="https://www.revealnews.org/article/in-secretive-marijuana-industry-whispers-of-abuse-and-trafficking/" target="_blank">investigation</a> that found the secretive industry has a serious sexual harassment and assault problem. Walter notes that the union was the first to organize marijuana workers in California, with about 1,200 members who work at dispensaries in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She writes: “The Division of Occupational Safety and Health does have the option of creating regulations specifically for the marijuana industry. To do so, they are required to collect public input – which the union was happy to provide.”</p> <p><em>Kim Krisberg is a freelance public health writer living in Austin, Texas, and has been writing about public health for nearly 15 years.</em></p> </div> <span><a title="View user profile." href="/author/kkrisberg" lang="" about="/author/kkrisberg" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">kkrisberg</a></span> <span>Wed, 11/23/2016 - 11:42</span> <div class="field field--name-field-blog-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/calosha" hreflang="en">Cal/OSHA</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/california" hreflang="en">california</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/food-0" hreflang="en">food</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/government" hreflang="en">government</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/labor-rights" hreflang="en">labor rights</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/legal" hreflang="en">Legal</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/low-wage-work" hreflang="en">low-wage work</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occup-health-news-roundup" hreflang="en">Occup Health News Roundup</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-fatalities" hreflang="en">occupational fatalities</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-health-safety" hreflang="en">Occupational Health &amp; Safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-health-safety" hreflang="en">Occupational Health &amp; Safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/osha" hreflang="en">OSHA</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/public-health-general" hreflang="en">Public Health - General</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/working-hours" hreflang="en">working hours</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/young-workers" hreflang="en">young workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/donald-trump" hreflang="en">Donald Trump</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/food-workers" hreflang="en">food workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/hotel-workers" hreflang="en">hotel workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/labor-union" hreflang="en">labor union</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/low-wage-workers" hreflang="en">low-wage workers</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/minimum-wage" hreflang="en">Minimum Wage</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-health" hreflang="en">Occupational health</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/occupational-safety" hreflang="en">occupational safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/overtime-pay" hreflang="en">overtime pay</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/public-health" hreflang="en">public health</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/worker-safety" hreflang="en">worker safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/workplace-safety" hreflang="en">Workplace Safety</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/food-0" hreflang="en">food</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/labor-rights" hreflang="en">labor rights</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/low-wage-work" hreflang="en">low-wage work</a></div> </div> </div> <section> </section> <ul class="links inline list-inline"><li class="comment-forbidden"><a href="/user/login?destination=/thepumphandle/2016/11/23/occupational-health-news-roundup-234%23comment-form">Log in</a> to post comments</li></ul> Wed, 23 Nov 2016 16:42:18 +0000 kkrisberg 62740 at https://www.scienceblogs.com