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Monthly Archives: October 2018
  • EEOC Public Meeting Recap: CHANGE WORKPLACE CULTURE TO PREVENT HARASSMENT

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) held a public meeting today entitled “Revamping Workplace Culture to Prevent Harassment,” held at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Commission heard various approaches to prevent harassment and provide necessary skills and resources to respond when experiencing or observing harassing behavior. Subsequently, the EEOC released a bulletin regarding the public meeting.

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  • Bugbee & Conkle Goes Bowling!

    Bugbee & Conkle employees and family members enjoyed a rainy Saturday indoors, bowling with the kids and parents of the iDance Adaptive Performing Arts Center. We are proud to support this organization’s fundraiser and efforts to foster a love of performing arts with creative expression for individuals with developmental challenges and special needs.

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  • Ohio Supreme Court Clarifies Voluntary Abandonment

    Most workers’ compensation practitioners know that a voluntary abandonment from employment may be the basis for termination of temporary total disability compensation (“TTC”).  Essentially, voluntary abandonment amounts to any action undertaken by the claimant, which results in his/her removal from the workforce, such as resignation, retirement, discharge, or incarceration, and which is unrelated to the work injury.

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  • OSHA launches Site-Specific Program to Target High Injury and Illness Rates

    On October 17, 2018, OSHA issued a Trade Release Communication to advise employers of its Site-Specific Targeting Program.  The program will utilize injury and illness information which has been electronically submitted by employers for the calendar year 2016.  The program will target high injury rate establishments in both the manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors for inspection.

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  • OSHA and Its New Approach to Drug Testing Programs and Safety Incentive Policies

    On October 11, 2018, OSHA issued a Memorandum to Regional Administrators clarifying the agency’s position on workplace safety incentive programs as well as post-incident drug testing policies.  By way of background, on May 12, 2016, OSHA published a final rule which amended 29 CFR 1904.35 prohibiting employers from retaliating against employees for reporting work-related injuries or illnesses.

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