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OSHA exists to promulgate regulations requiring workplaces be safe!

At the federal level, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) exists to promulgate regulations requiring workplaces be safe and to investigate when there are problems in a workplace to determine whether OSHA regulations were followed and whether the employer should be fined or required to change its way of doing business. States are allowed
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In our practice, we are fortunate to represent a number of healthcare employees!

In our practice, we are fortunate to represent a number of healthcare employees. Nursing and other healthcare occupations can be very dangerous. I represented a number of people who work for the Oregon State psychiatric hospitals, and they routinely get attacked by their patients.There are other safety hazards that nurses, CNAs, and so forth have
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Legislation is being introduced to prohibit forced arbitration clauses!

While it is always uncertain what legislation can get passed (particularly when you have shared control with the Democrats in control of the house and the Republicans in control of the Senate), it is good to see that there is now some push being made to restore some worker rights vis a vis their employers.
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For the workers’ compensation system, the election outcomes were good.

I am sure that everyone else is as glad as I am that the election is over, and therefore we don’t need to spend all of our TV time watching ads for candidates and causes. For the workers’ compensation system, the election outcomes were good. We will have the opportunity to influence the workers’
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Unions, unfortunately, are shrinking in this country!

It has been interesting to watch how the regulation of employment has changed over the last two years. Despite promises during the campaign, this administration has not protected workers, and in fact, has worked pretty hard to assist employers in dealing with employees. It is critical to remember that even in a tight labor market,
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This administration continues its relentless march toward repealing safeguards!

ON THE U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT’S FALL REGULATORY AGENDA Following is a statement from Christine Owens, Executive Director, National Employment Law Project: Posted October 17, 2018 “In the Fall Regulatory Agenda released by the U.S. Department of Labor today, the Trump administration continues its relentless march toward repealing safeguards designed to protect the
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The statute of limitations sets out the time limits – What you need to know!

In virtually every compensation scheme, there are, what lawyers refer to as, statute of limitation. The statute of limitations sets out the time limits under which claims can be filed. It is presumed that people know their rights and obligations (even when it is usually not true). Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Act is no different.
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Oregon’s Workers Compensation System – Skewed Toward Employers!

In Oregon’s workers compensation system, insurers and self-insured employers rely on so called independent medical evaluators (IME’s). These are doctors, usually retired from the normal practice of taking care of people, who evaluate injured workers. These doctors provide opinions regarding the compensability (work relatedness) of claims and evaluate the disability that is a consequence
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