USPS: National Disability Employment Awareness Month


National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), an annual campaign to promote awareness and sensitivity about disability matters in the workplace, is underway. This year’s theme is “Expect. Employ. Empower.” NDEAM dates to 1945, when Congress designated a week in October to encourage employers to hire people with disabilities. The week was expanded to a full…

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Ebola and the Workplace: What Employers Need To Know


In light of the Ebola virus outbreak abroad and the recent Ebola cases in the U.S., employers should be aware of the laws implicated in their treatment of employees. Though employment issues related to Ebola may appear to be novel, employers faced very similar issues in the 1980s involving AIDS, and more recently in 2009…

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Letter Carrier wears protective mask and gloves to deliver mail to NYC Ebola patient


Postal worker Keven Ngo, wearing a protective mask and gloves, prepares to deliver to the apartment building of Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer, in New York, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. Spencer remained in stable condition while isolated in a hospital, talking by cellphone to his family and assisting disease detectives who are accounting for his…

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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Confidentiality Provisions Supersede OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements


(October 22, 2014) The federal Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission recently issued an important ruling for employers who have to deal with conflicting reporting and confidentiality requirements under the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”) and the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601-2654. In Secretary of Labor v. United…

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Providence, RI Postal employee taken to hospital after forklift accident


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A postal employee at the main U.S. Post Office was taken to Rhode Island Hospital early Thursday morning after a forklift he was operating accidentally struck a support beam inside the facility at 24 Corliss St., according to the Providence police. The man was taken to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries that…

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