Fifth Circuit Expands OSHA's Authority To Cite General Contractors

In 1981, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals announced in Melerine v. Avondale Shipyards, Inc., that “OSHA regulations protect only an employer’s own employees.” For thirty-seven years, this decision shielded general contractors in the Fifth Circuit from OSHA citations as to hazards to which their own employees were not exposed. On November 26, 2018, however, the Court overturned this long-standing precedent. READ MORE

Steven Ladik To Speak At AILA Sports Immigration Law Conf. On March 8, 2019

On March 8, 2019, Steven Ladik will be a featured speaker at a Sports Immigration Law Conference presented by the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA"), Central Florida Chapter. The Conference will take place at the Citrus Club in Orlando, Florida. AILA is the national association of more than 15,000 attorneys and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Mr. Ladik is a Past President of AILA. LEARN MORE

Austin Paid Sick Time Ordinance Ruled Unconstitutional

As noted in an earlier blog post, Austin enacted a paid sick time ordinance on February 16, 2018 applicable to private employers. The ordinance had been scheduled to become effective on October 1, 2018, but had been temporarily enjoined from taking effect in an August 17, 2018 Order by the Third Court of Appeals. The suit which preceded the August 17th Order was filed by five companies and six business organizations in Travis County District Court seeking a declaratory judgment that the Austin ordinance violated the Texas Constitution. The State of Texas also intervened. Temporary and permanent injunctions were sought prohibiting Austin from enforcing the ordinance. On June 26, 2018, the Tra

The Growing Internationalization Of Women's Fast Pitch Softball

Under the looming return of women’s fast pitch softball to the 2020 Olympics in Japan, more and more national teams and their players are coming to the U.S. where they can gain the most experience against the best teams in the world by joining the U.S. National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) softball league. NPF provides elite female athletes an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. Some international teams and their players have already made this move and more are expected between now and 2020. The five 2018 NPF affiliate teams consisted of the Aussie Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Fl

Eleventh Circuit Limits Scope Of Unprogrammed Inspection

On October 9, 2018, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in U.S. v. Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., affirmed a district court order quashing a search warrant which sought to expand the scope of an unprogrammed OSHA inspection. Following an electrical accident at Mar-Jac Poultry, Inc., a Georgia poultry processing plant, OSHA requested to inspect not only those hazards involved in the electrical accident, but also to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the entire facility for additional hazards. Mar-Jac consented to inspection of the electrical accident site and the tools involved, as well as its OSHA 300 Logs, but refused to permit inspection of any additional areas or hazards. In its application

"Dog Whistle Racism" In The Workplace

In today’s politically and culturally divisive environment, the term “dog whistle” has taken on a new meaning. Traditionally, the term refers to an ultrasonic whistling sound heard by dogs but inaudible to humans. Now, the term is more frequently used to denote code words that are facially innocuous, and are thus understood by many to be neutral or innocent, but are nevertheless understood by others, to whom the words may be targeted, to have a more malevolent meaning. In the racial context, dog whistling is more than the mere substitution of a seemingly race-neutral term for a slur universally associated with racism, such as the n-word. It also includes statements intentionally calculated b

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