Beyond COVID-19: Employment and labor
Temporary layoffs: What employers need to know
Temporary layoffs can be a necessary element of operating a business in Canada. Employers faced with a shortage in available work may need to reduce staffing in the short term to control costs, with the goal of preserving jobs in the long term.
Commission decision summaries
In Q2 2022, the Commissioners of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission (OSHRC) released two remand orders and four final decisions further to a Petition for Discretionary Review.
State-specific OSHA guidelines: Kentucky
The KYSAFE mobile app is a resource created by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health Education and Training.
OSHA proposes to revoke Arizona’s occupational safety and health plan
OSHA proposed revoking its approval of Arizona's occupational safety and health plan, saying the state has failed to adopt OSHA's emergency temporary standard for occupational exposure to COVID-19.
OSHA expects to approve Massachusetts’ occupational health and safety plan for government workers
OSHA published a proposed rulemaking on June 29, 2022, to approve a new occupational safety and health plan for Massachusetts state and municipal employers and workers.
MIOSHA conducts employer stand down to address trenching hazards
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) recently joined with employers and workers for Trench Safety Stand Down Week.
US OSHA to pursue enhanced oversight and enforcement for trench work
On July 14, 2022, the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced another in its enhanced enforcement initiatives to protect workers from known industry hazards.
US OSHA extends COVID National Emphasis Program
US OSHA announced that it is extending its Revised National Emphasis Program for COVID-19 until further notice.
Status of COVID-19 layoffs remains in question after Ontario Court of Appeal decision
Ontario employers have long awaited an answer to the question of whether an employee temporarily laid off for reasons related to COVID-19 can claim constructive dismissal at common law despite legislative provisions deeming such layoffs not to constitute constructive dismissal under employment standards legislation.