Many companies run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, and rely heavily on computers and technology for their employees to do business. While losing productive work time to web surfing and social media use by employees is a reality for most employers, the technology presents greater risks than whether an employee is spending too much time on the internet shopping or tweeting. And not just those of the civil variety.
Just a little more than one month ago, I told you about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s proposal to revise their noise protection standards, lowering the threshold for requiring employers to first implement ‘feasible engineering and administrative controls’ before permitting them to have their employees wear personal protective equipment (PPE) for hearing protection.
All one needs to do to realize that a mini industrial revolution is occurring throughout our tri-state region is to drive on the rural roads that populate the area. From Williamsport to Waynesburg, Pennsylvania continuing through the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia towards Charleston, small town hotels and restaurants are overflowing with the commerce that has come with the Marcellus Shale activity. But what industries have been affected by this activity and to what extent?
You may know from reading this blog on a regular basis that the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) was passed in 2008 to “reinstate a broad scope of protection” by expanding the definition of the terms “disability” and “major life activities”. I read the Amendments Act and found myself glad that I am surrounded by a staff of labor attorneys who can interpret the Act and provide legal advice to our clients. However, in my role as an HR Consultant with S&J, I thought it might be helpful to provide you with a few basic facts that are covered in the law and explain how they may be practical in your day-to-day business.