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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, August 11, 2014

New Obama "Fair and Safe Workplaces" law: All hail the new safe workplace?

Controversy reigns over the "Fair and Safe Workplaces" Executive Order that Obama signed into law on August 5th

Those with labor law violations may be forced to disclose them publicly in order to secure big contracts. This can be a bit of a game-changer when it comes to deciding whether to bother contesting smaller OSHA citations. Whereas companies may've previously decided sometimes that it wasn't worth the bother--just pay the fine and be done with it--in light of this new law it may be worth it to contest them in hopes of wiping the record clean.

The other faction argues that this scores another Obama coup for the common worker, that it may help create a safer workplace.

“This is one of the most important positive steps for civil rights in the last 20 years,” says Paul Bland, executive director of Public Justice, a public-interest law group.

That may be a reference to the second part of the new law, which states that companies with federal contracts exceeding a cool million cannot force employees into arbitration and out of the limelight of court. But not everyone with a voice uses it for just purposes.

Listen to both sides of this interesting debate:
"Got an OSHA Citation? Watch Out!" >> http://www.environmentalsafetyupdate.com/osha-compliance/eo-legislates-fair-pay-and-safe-workplaces

"Obama Is on a Pro-Labor Roll" >> http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2014/08/obama_executive_order_on_mandatory_arbitration_huge_news_for_workers_rights.html

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