Oregon Business Groups Sue Over Heat and Smoke Worker Protections

Some Oregon business groups are suing over the state’s new job site rules mandating that employers take steps to protect workers from extreme heat and wildfire smoke. Regulations adopted by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division mandate that employers act once the temperature or air quality reaches a certain threshold. The heat rules took … Read more

Tesla Worker in California Rejects $15M Payout in Race Bias Lawsuit

A Black former elevator operator at Tesla Inc.’s TSLA.O flagship California assembly plant on Tuesday rejected a $15 million award in his lawsuit alleging racial abuse by coworkers, opening the door for a new trial after a judge slashed a $137 million jury verdict. Lawyers for Owen Diaz, who had sued Tesla in 2017, turned … Read more

Tesla Worker Rejects $15M Payout in Race Bias Lawsuit

A Black former elevator operator at Tesla Inc’s flagship California assembly plant on Tuesday rejected a $15 million award in his lawsuit alleging racial abuse by coworkers, opening the door for a new trial after a judge slashed a $137 million jury verdict. Lawyers for Owen Diaz, who had sued Tesla in 2017, turned down … Read more

Former Tesla worker rejects $15M payout in race bias lawsuit

(Reuters) — A Black former elevator operator at Tesla Inc.’s flagship California assembly plant on Tuesday rejected a $15 million award in his lawsuit alleging racial abuse by co-workers, opening the door for a new trial after a judge slashed a $137 million jury verdict. Lawyers for Owen Diaz, who had sued Tesla in 2017, turned down the … Read more

Massachusetts High Court Nixes Gig Worker Ballot Measure Sought by Uber, Lyft

New You can now listen to Insurance Journal articles! Transportation and delivery network companies including Uber, Lyft, DoorDash and Instacart have been dealt a setback in Massachusetts as the state’s high court has rejected their ballot proposals that sought to both cement their app-based drivers’ status as independent contractors and shield themselves from liability for … Read more

Agribusiness manufacturer cited after worker caught in grain silo

An agriculture supplies manufacturer in New York is facing $203,039 in penalties following investigation of a November 2021 incident that nearly killed a worker in a grain silo, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Wednesday. According to investigators, a supervisor at McDowell and Walker Inc. – a manufacturer and supplier of grains, feeds and … Read more

Housing construction – huge impact from critical worker shortage

“What entry-level, first-time homebuyers want is a lower cost home. It’s impossible to build that when builders are paying an 8% wage increase and a 19% building materials cost increase year over year,” the economist said. “It’s harder to build that $250,000 starter home when now the median home price is close to $450,000. That’s … Read more

Seattle Considering Measures to Address Gig Worker Pay, Rights

The Seattle City Council is voting on the first in a series of policies that would ask app-based companies like food delivery services to improve wages, transparency and other working conditions for gig workers. The Seattle Times reports if the bills pass they would require companies to pay per-minute and per-mile rates to delivery drivers … Read more

Construction Worker Falls to her Death from Florida Condo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 23-year-old construction worker fell to her death from a 13-floor balcony of a condominium complex in West Palm Beach, police said. Delores Yamilety Martinez-Ponce was working Saturday morning at the La Clara condominium construction site when she fell, police spokesman Mike Jachles told news outlets. While officials don’t … Read more