September 25 – After four separate reports of injury at a Chicago manufacturer of metal, plastic, and hybric containers, OSHA proposed $503,380 in penalties related to the safety features lacking in the facility. Unguarded machinery was the cause of amputations in three employees and broken bones in another. This highlights the very real danger of ignoring machine guarding in manufacturing.
September – In response to Hurricane Irma’s effect on Georgia, the Department of Labor, in cooperation with the state of Georgia and local partners, are setting aside funding and making grants available for workforce needs. In addition, additional regulatory flexibilities are going to be extended at this time to deal with the Hurricane response efforts.
September – The latest statement issued by Alexander Acosta speaks of the new tax reform framework that aims to create a simpler and fairer tax system. It hopes to promote job creation in the United States and see investments return home. This is part of the “America First” initiative by President Trump.
September 28 – The latest unemployment initial claims jumped to 277,000 last week. This is the highest level for since the week of February 6, 2016. It is important to note that Hurricane Harvey and Irma impacted this week’s claims. To read the full report, follow the link above.