- Written by Rebecca Hause-Schultz
On-site safety lapses not only lead to devastating employee injuries, but will also likely result in the company being subjected to an OSHA investigation and monetary penalties. Tyson Foods recently found this out when OSHA slapped them with 15 workplace safety violations and fines totaling $263,498 on August 16, 2016. The violations and resulting fines were the result of an investigation triggered by a single incident at a Tyson processing plant. A Tyson employee, who was deboning chicken, got his finger stuck in an unguarded conveyer belt when he tried to dislodge chicken parts that were jammed in the belt. The accident resulted in the employee’s finger being amputated.
- Written by Anthony Oceguera
The Department of Labor (“DOL”) just agreed to pay $7 million to settle a longstanding arbitration with its own employees, according to a press release issued by the American Federation of Government Employees Local 12 (“AFGE”). The settlement concerns allegations reportedly dating back to 2006, when the AFGE first filed a grievance against the DOL on behalf of its members. Yes, the DOL, the agency that doggedly pursues employers for failing to abide by federal wage laws, has itself been embroiled in a 10 year battle with the AFGE over allegedly not paying its own employees overtime pay. According to Law360, who first reported the settlement, the basis for the alleged non-payment of overtime stemmed from the DOL misclassifying an undisclosed number of its employees as exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). Further details regarding this settlement are sure to emerge.