The active transmission of the Zika virus by mosquitos in Miami, Florida, along with the Zika-related challenges faced by individuals travelling to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympics, have raised new concerns over the virus for employers.
On June 1, 2016, the California Occupational Safety and Health Division issued a Statewide High Heat Advisory, reminding employers how they can protect their outdoor workers and comply with the Cal/OSHA Heat Illness Prevention Standard.
OSHA recently published its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses. Under this new reporting standard, employer policies that request or require post- accident drug or alcohol testing will face new scrutiny by OSHA.
In keeping with Assistant Secretary of Labor Dr. David Michaels’ promise to “shame” employers into compliance, on May 12, 2016, OSHA published its final rule on electronic reporting of workplace injuries and illnesses.