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WARN Act and Oil Field Rightsizing: Court Finds Layoff Does Not Require Notice
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • June 13 2016

In a recent case involving the layoff of employees assigned to land drilling rigs, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas limited


MSHA Issues New Workplace Exam Proposed Rule
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • June 7 2016

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) announced today that it was issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking that will amend the Workplace


What to Expect from OSHA in 2016: Michaels Discusses Hazard Alerts, Silica Rule, Reporting, and Other Priorities
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • February 29 2016

On February 11, 2016, Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health and the head of the Occupational Safety &


Are you a joint employer? WHD issues guidance in the form of an administrator’s interpretation
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • January 20 2016

On January 20, 2016, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor released an Administrator's Interpretation (AI) on joint


MSHA workplace examination “clarification” places enforcement target squarely on operators
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • July 29 2015

Over the years, the Mine Safety Health Administration (MSHA) has tried on two different occasions to overhaul the workplace examination standard at


DOL’s recent guidance on the “economic realities” test and effects on independent contractor misclassification in the energy industry
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • July 28 2015

Paying hot-shot drivers by the load or mile? Contracting out repair work to vehicles or machinery? Are individuals who regularly perform work


Here we go againthe Robert C. Byrd Mine Safety Protection Act
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • July 21 2015

For the fourth time since the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion in April 2010, a Congressional bill proposes to further amend the Federal Mine


Despite fewer citations issued since 2008, the percentage of “significant and substantial” citations is holding steady
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • June 3 2015

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently released mining industry and enforcement data that reflects noteworthy changes the industry


Oil field employers post-McMaster: still searching for clarity on the TCA’s impact on the Motor Carrier Act Exemption
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • April 17 2015

In McMaster v. Eastern Armored Services, Inc., No. 14-1010 (March 11, 2015), the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued one of the first federal


MSHA tackles rising metalnonmetal fatalities
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • USA
  • March 4 2015

Only two months into 2015 and it has already been a busy year for the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA). Last year, MSHA launched "Voice