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June 2018 Archives

When managers refuse to cooperate with FMLA leave requests

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that guarantees 12 weeks of unpaid leave each year for qualifying employees. Workers can take this leave to care for their own serious health condition or that of a family member, to bond with a new addition to the family, or to deal with certain exigencies arising out of a family member's active-duty military service. More unpaid leave is available to care for injured or ill military family members.

Consider this W.A.T.C.H. list of dangerous summer toys

The consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H. has just released its 2018 list of potentially dangerous summer toys for kids. Some 2.5 million American children are hurt every summer, the group says, and many of those injuries are preventable.

Caution: A complete ban on moonlighting could be unenforceable

There are a number of good reasons why companies may wish to restrict their employees from working second jobs. Moonlighting can be tiring, and some employees may become less productive as a result. In particular industries, a fatigued worker can be a safety risk.

Report: 44 pct of drivers killed in crashes had drugs in system

In 2016, a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association finds, a large percentage of drivers killed in traffic accidents had some form of cannabis or opioids in their system. Specifically, of those fatally injured drivers who were tested for drugs, 43.6 percent tested positive. Of those with positive results, 38 percent tested positive for cannabis, 16 percent for opioids, and 4 for both.

Study: Highway rest stops essential to preventing truck crashes

Semi-truck drivers often work long hours with few breaks. Although the hours and days they can work are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, research indicates that driver fatigue remains a serious problem.

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