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Employment Law - Labor Practices, Health and Safety

- Analyze and discuss the effectiveness of OSHA regulations on protecting the well-being of workers and make at least one recommendation for improvement. Explain your rationale.

- Discuss the responsibility of individual workers to assess their own health risks, and the extent to which this responsibility might offset the responsibilities of employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

- Research an incidence of both sweatshop labor practices and the employment of undocumented employees, discuss ways that U.S. businesses can address the issues surrounding hiring undocumented employees. Also, discuss your opinion in your position about e-Verify. Provide specific examples to support your response.

- Research an incidence of both sweatshop labor practices and the employment of undocumented employees, discuss ways that U.S. businesses can address the adverse effects of sweatshop labor practices. Provide specific examples to support your response.

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- Analyze and discuss the effectiveness of OSHA regulations on protecting the well-being of workers and make at least one recommendation for improvement. Explain your rationale.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) is very effective in providing protection for the well-being of workers because the law has requirements that impose standards of safety on the amount of hazardous conditions workers can be exposed to. These include providing fall protection, preventing trenches from caving in, ensuring workers safely enter confined spaces, and placing guards on machines. Workers who face higher than usual exposure to safety hazards because of their job also must receive training. In addition, employers must monitor their safety practices and keep detailed records open for auditing of injuries and illnesses. Therefore, an effective protocol exists for preventing employee injury, but there exists room for improvement (OSHA, 2012).

I would suggest that far tougher penalties be enforced for companies that violate the existing regulation as some companies have several fatalities attributed to their businesses failing to follow OSHA regulations, but are able to still operate. If one fatality is attributed to unsafe and derelict practices, I suggest that OSHA place severe financial penalties on this company. In addition, when companies consistently place workers in harms-way I suggest higher penalties be assessed to those perpetrators to send a message to the industry or other businesses that violating OSHA regulations will result in potential bankruptcy of your business. This would lead to more incentives for companies to practice the safest measures while also training their employees with the best training possible to avoid most occurrences of employee induced accidents.

- Discuss the responsibility of individual workers to assess their own health risks, and the extent to which ...

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The labor practices, health and safety is examined for employment laws.

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